Philippine Madrigal Singers - Acclamation

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Moreberto Parangue

The Philippine Madrigal Singers (affectionately known as the "Madz") was founded in 1963 by National Artist for Music, Professor Andrea O. Veneracion. The Madz is mostly composed of students, faculty and alumni from the University of the Philippines.

The group performs a variety of styles and forms but it specializes in the Madrigal, a polyphonic and challenging musical style popular during the Renaissance period where singers and guests would gather around the table during a banquet to sight-sing and make music together. This served as the inspiration for their unique style of singing - singing seated in a semicircle without a conductor. As Philippine ambassador of culture and goodwill, the Madz has had the pleasure and privilege of giving command performances for royalty and heads of state. These include Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, United States Presidents Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Barack Obama, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Queen Sofia of Spain, King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

The word acclamation is defined as praise, applause or commendation. How fitting it is then that the Philippine Madrigal Singers have released an album entitled Acclamation at a time when the group is enjoying another noteworthy victory. The Madz guys recently became the toast of the 2006 Florilege Vocal de Tours held in Tours, France when they won the Grand Prix de la Ville de Tours by besting 14 other choirs from all over the world.

Track Listing: 1. I Will Sing Forever 2. Let There Be Praise 3. You Raise Me Up 4. Anima Christi 5. Panalangin Sa Pagiging Bukas Palad 6. Sa Iyo Lamang 7. Panunumpa 8. Awit Ng Paghahangad 9. Sa Iyong Mga Yapak 10. Lupa 11. Hindi Kita Malilimutan 12. One More Gift 13. Light Of A Million Mornings 14. The Lord Bless You And Keep You


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