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The Christmas Album / Libera boy choir [Deluxe Edition]

Audio Samples

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Edler, Hans : Sing the Story
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)~Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Prizeman, Robert : Jubilate
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Joel, Billy : Lullabye "Goodnight, my angel"

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noel for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chretiens," "O Holy Night")
>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piae Cantiones)
>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
>Edler, Hans : Sing the Story
>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)~Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child
>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
>Prizeman, Robert : Jubilate
>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
>Joel, Billy : Lullabye "Goodnight, my angel"
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Notes & Reviews:

The Arts Desk
The singing is generally great - you can detect a very slight rough edge to the boys' sound which is exactly as it should be - this is a childrens' choir

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Music Place, London, England (05/2011-07/2011).

For an act famed for their angelic vocals and heart-warming celestial sound, it's a surprise that The Christmas Album is the first-ever festive release from South London boy sopranos Libera. As you'd expect from a group who may regularly change their lineup but who haven't changed their sound in 16 years, its mixture of traditional carols, yuletide standards, and rather randomly, Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)," (which along with "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" also appeared on the deluxe edition of 2010's Peace), stick closely to the usual Libera formula of Robert Prizeman's soothing, if often sentimental, minimal arrangements. It's all very pleasant, of course, but apart from a rare tenor vocal courtesy of Josh Madine on "Coventry Carol," and the haunting Gregorian chanting on "Carol of the Bells," there's little here that stands out among the consistently tranquil production, which is sometimes guilty of draining all the seasonal joy out of the source material, while the two uninspiring original compositions ("Jubilate Deo," "Sing the Story") are unlikely to be considered future Christmas classics. However, their soaring harmonies are undoubtedly impressive, and on the likes of "O Holy Night," "Once in Royal David's City," and "Joy to the World," they authentically evoke the atmosphere of a communal midnight mass. Perhaps the most predictable festive album of 2011, The Christmas Album isn't likely to convert any new Libera fans, but it's also equally unlikely to lose any, either. ~ Jon O'Brien



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Works Details

>Handel, George Frideric : Joy to the World (theme by Handel)
  • Performers: Sam Coates (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Sam Coates (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1742

>Traditional, Christmas : Still, Still, Still (Stille, stille, stille) (Austrian)
  • Performers: Anna Stokes (Flute); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Ralph Skan (Voice); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1819

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Fiona Pears (Violin); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Sam Coates (Programming); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Anna Stokes (Flute); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1910

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performers: Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Daniel Fontannaz (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 12th Century

>Gauntlett, Henry John : Once in Royal David's City, carol
  • Performers: Ben Crawley (Programming); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Eoghan McCarthy (Voice); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1850

>Adam, Adolphe : Cantique de Noël for voice & orchestra ("Minuit, Chrétiens," "O Holy Night")
  • Performers: Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ralph Skan (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performers: Sam Coates (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1942

>Britten, Benjamin : Corpus Christi Carol, for voice or unison chorus & organ
  • Performers: James Mordaunt (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Anna Stokes (Flute); Ralph Skan (Voice); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1961

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performers: Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Elizabeth May (Cello); Sam Coates (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Sam Coates (Programming); Anna Stokes (Flute)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1400

>Blane, Ralph : Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (for the film Meet Me in St. Louis)
  • Performers: Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Sam Coates (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Mason Neely (Percussion); Ben Crawley (Programming); Ralph Skan (Voice); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Robert Prizeman (Piano); James Mordaunt (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Hugh Martin (1914 - 2011).
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1944

>Edler, Hans : Sing the Story
  • Performers: Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Programming); Luke Collins (Voice)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Christmas : Coventry Carol (2)~Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child
  • Performers: Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Elizabeth May (Cello); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Ralph Skan (Voice); Anna Stokes (Flute); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Joshua Madine (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

>Traditional, Christmas : The First Nowell (English)
  • Performers: Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Freddie Ingles (Voice); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

>Prizeman, Robert : Jubilate
  • Performers: Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Sam Coates (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Jakob De Menezes-Wood (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performers: Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Cassius O'Connell-White (Voice); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1728

>Joel, Billy : Lullabye "Goodnight, my angel"
  • Performers: Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Benedict Philipp (Voice); Joshua Madine (Voice); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Jakob De Menezes-Wood (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary