I don't really do music or CD reviews since my taste in music is too mainstream. I'm trying to be alternative by listening to SO's radio station everytime I'm in his car (He listens to NU 107 compared to my 96.3WROCK or 94.7). So what makes me write about a CD? And a local one at that?
If there's something "different" that I love, it's listening to chorales/choirs. The first CD of a chorale that I bought was that of The Philippine Madrigal Singers "Madz in Love". Afterwhich, I bought the Bukas Palad Album and another Madrigal CD.
An officemate who is familiar with my love for chorale music recommended to be Ryan's 2004 CD. I already saw it before but I thought it was just instrumental music. But she said that the San Miguel Chorale is part of the CD too. So upon my visit to Music One yesterday, I snapped a copy.
For those who loves OPM music, this CD is something for you to listen to. Their rendition of "Tuwing Umuulan at Kapiling Ka" is so majestic. My favorite is "Paraiso". It reminded me so much of the old Smokey Mountain group when they won in Japan singing this piece.
Even if this CD only has 13 songs, it will not leave my CD player for quite sometime. It used to be Nina's CD but my sister sequestered that.
I wish I can listen to this group sing live. Heck, if I can listen to any chorale perform live, I'll be happy. I guess I miss singing with a choir.
Anyway, go listen to Ryan's music. It will uplift your soul.