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

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

>Traditional, Christmas : O come, o come, Emmanuel (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), carol
  • Performers: Sam Coates (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Daniel Fontannaz (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); 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); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Anna Stokes (Flute); Eoghan McCarthy (Voice); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Elizabeth May (Cello); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe)
  • 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: Robert Prizeman (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Ralph Skan (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Programming)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

>Berlin, Irving : Holiday Inn
  • Performers: Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Sam Coates (Programming); 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: Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Programming); James Mordaunt (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Ralph Skan (Voice); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1961

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performers: Sam Coates (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Sam Coates (Piano); Elizabeth May (Cello); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); 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: Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); James Mordaunt (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Mason Neely (Percussion); Elizabeth May (Cello); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ralph Skan (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Ben Crawley (Programming); Anna Stokes (Flute); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards)
  • 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); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Mason Neely (Percussion); 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: Joshua Madine (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Ralph Skan (Voice); Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Ben Crawley (Programming)
  • 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 (Piano); Sam Coates (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion); Fiona Pears (Violin); Sam Coates (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Freddie Ingles (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

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

>Traditional, Christmas : While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)
  • Performers: Anna Stokes (Flute); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Mason Neely (Percussion); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Elizabeth May (Cello); Cassius O'Connell-White (Voice); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (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 (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Benedict Philipp (Voice); Joshua Madine (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); 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); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary