"Psalms and Songs" is unlike any other collection of choral music, brimming with only the most boisterous pieces in the repertoire. The superlative Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein is released from the gates to begin with, complete with full orchestra, percussion, and dynamic singing. Music fans will not find a better soloist than Jake Ingbar as boy soprano on Movement II, singing Bernstein's gorgeous melody on the text of Psalm 23, and the final chorus leaves a lasting impression on every listener. The music of J.S. Bach takes a spot on the CD with a full account of his no-holds-barred motet Singet dem Herrn. The double choir is accompanied by one choir of strings and one of winds and attention is given to all the ingenious layers of Bach's joyful writing. The album takes a 180 degree turn in genre, but equal in energy with popular opera choruses, such as The Anvil Chorus and March of the Toreador. You won't believe that the same group of musicians is bringing all of this music on one CD.