Opening Statement

$15.00

Released in 2013, Opening Statement is The Capital Hearings’ debut album. It features the ensemble’s characteristic mix of classical choral music, vocal jazz, and contemporary pop arrangements – from Whitacre & Poulenc through Irving Berlin & George Harrison to Imogen Heap & Nickel Creek. The album was one of the Recorded A Cappella Review Board’s Picks of the Year for 2013.

Buy the physical CD to get complete lyrics, song descriptions, and more! Order today for shipping, or buy as a package with our second album to save money!

Description

Released in 2013, Opening Statement is The Capital Hearings’ debut album. It features the ensemble’s characteristic mix of classical choral music, vocal jazz, and contemporary pop arrangements – from Whitacre & Poulenc through Irving Berlin & George Harrison to Imogen Heap & Nickel Creek. The album was one of the Recorded A Cappella Review Board’s Picks of the Year for 2013.

Buy the physical CD to get complete lyrics, song descriptions, and more! Order today for shipping, or buy as a package with our second album to save money!

Digital download info

If you’re OK with skipping our awesome CD liner notes (including complete lyrics), buy online from Google Play or iTunes.

Track List

  1. With a Lily In Your Hand (Eric Whitacre)
  2. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (Manning Sherwin and Eric Maschwitz)
  3. Earth (Imogen Heap)
    Rachel Rood, soloist
    Carolyn Wise, harmonies
    Mike Rowan, percussion
  4. Here Comes The Sun (George Harrison)
    Mark Lee, soloist
    Arranged by Brian Lotter for The Capital Hearings
  5. City Trees (Joseph Gregorio)
    Heather MacDonald, soloist
  6. Blue Skies (Irving Berlin)
    John Hazangeles, soloist
  7. Doubting Thomas (Nickel Creek)
    Mike Rowan, soloist
    Rachel Rood and Matt Cook, harmonies
    Arranged by Mike Rowan for The Capital Hearings
  8. Timor et Tremor (Francis Poulenc)
  9. Light Up The Sky (Yellowcard)
    Jaime Alvis, soloist
    Mike Rowan, percussion
    Arranged by Mike Rowan
  10. Words of the Sun (Zhou Long)
    John Hazangeles, soloist
  11. Lullabye (Billy Joel)
    Carolyn Wise, soloist
  12. In the Still of the Night (The Five Satins)
    John Hazangeles, soloist
  13. The Road Home (Stephen Paulus)
    Carolyn Wise, soloist

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Reviews

“By merging classical and contemporary sensibilities, they begin to create a distinctly unified and truly refreshing sound…Displaying exceptional blend and balance, the singers effect an almost effortless grace that’s all too often lacking in over-processed contemporary a cappella.”

– Jonathan Minkoff, Recorded A Cappella Review Board (read review)

“Your interpretation…is superb and exquisite, full of warmth and colorful. The treble voices sound like echos from heaven.”

– Zhou Long, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Words of the Sun

“Everything about it was superb – the repertoire, arrangements, and of course, the sterling performances.”

– Norman Scribner, Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

“It’s beautiful, almost eerily perfect…a wonderful interpretation.”

– Joseph Gregorio, composer of City Trees

“The Capital Hearings were playing at a difficulty level much higher than I expected. This album jumps from genre to genre, alighting from modern jazz to alternative to classical without caring that these things often don’t go together…I was absolutely sold on the concept.”

– Sara E. Yood, Recorded A Cappella Review Board (read review)

“The opening track, With a Lily in Your Hand…starts with that perfect and powerful chord, and acts as the perfect welcome for the rest of the album. I’m also particularly drawn to their cover of Yellowcard’s Light Up the Sky, as a demonstration of the group’s vocal agility.”

– Hypeli, Top A Cappella Albums – The 2013 Fall Edition

“The beautiful arranging and singing is bound to draw in listeners from every walk of life…Opening Statement is a joy to listen to and even has the ability to further your beliefs on what a group can vocalize harmonically.”

– Brian Alexander, Recorded A Cappella Review Board (read review)