Today, CBC Music adds Choral to its web radio lineup, becoming one of the 10 permanent classical stations offered by the service. Available for listening exclusively in Canada, Choral features an impressive roster of choirs and vocal ensembles from around the world, not to mention some of the finest music ever composed for the human voice.

PLAY Click the play button to launch CBC Music's Choral web radio.

For starters, there are more than 100 full-length cantatas by J. S. Bach, most of them recorded by the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists under the direction of John Eliot Gardiner.

There are some lesser-known treasures included, such as this transcription of the Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5, transcribed for choir by Gérard Pesson and sung to the words "

Kein deutscher Himmel
" by Accentus, directed by 
Laurence Equilbey.

Prepare yourself for energetic choral/orchestral blowouts, like Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, with the Shinyukai Choir, the Staats- und Domchor Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker under Seiji Ozawa.

You can also count on moments of more restrained beauty, like Allegri's Miserere, interpreted by Peter Phillips and his Tallis Scholars.


There are some classic folk song arrangements too, like the haunting tune "Shenandoah" performed by Chanticleer.

And no, we didn't forget Canada. You'll find groups like the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Amabile Choirs of London, musica intima, Greystone Singers, Shallaway, Halifax Camerata, Elmer Iseler Singers, Westcoast Mennonite Chamber Choir, the chorus of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Vancouver Bach Choir, Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, Bach Children's Chorus of Scarborough, Elora Festival Singers, La Chapelle de Québec, the Saskatoon Children's Choir, Chor Leoni, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Elektra — and the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

Choral, the newest addition to CBC Music's classical web radio stations, is available for digital streaming whenever you're ready. It's absolutely free, and you can find it by clicking on "Classical," under the "Web Radio Stations" tab at the top of this page's right-side column.

Correction: Choral replaces a previous channel, and does not add an 11th classical web radio station as previously reported.


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posted by Scott Tresham on Jan 17, 2013