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The Christmas Album / Libera boy choir

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

>Leontovych, Mykola : Carol of the Bells
  • Performers: Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Mason Neely (Percussion); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Sam Coates (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano)
  • 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: Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Daniel Fontannaz (Voice); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Ben Crawley (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin)
  • 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: Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Mason Neely (Percussion); Eoghan McCarthy (Voice); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Fiona Pears (Violin)
  • 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 (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Ralph Skan (Voice); Anna Stokes (Flute)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1851

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

>Traditional, Christmas : In dulci jubilo (Piæ Cantiones)
  • Performers: Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Ben Crawley (Programming); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Sam Coates (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion)
  • 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: Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); James Mordaunt (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Ralph Skan (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Sam Coates (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Anna Stokes (Flute); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Sam Coates (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin)
  • 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: Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Luke Collins (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Sam Coates (Keyboards)
  • 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: Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Anna Stokes (Flute); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Mason Neely (Percussion); Ralph Skan (Voice); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Joshua Madine (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Elizabeth May (Cello); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1498

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

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

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

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