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

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

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

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

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