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

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

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

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