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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:

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

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

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