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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 (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Anna Stokes (Flute); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); 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: Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Ralph Skan (Voice); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Piano); 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: Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute)
  • 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: Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Daniel Fontannaz (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Piano); 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); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Anna Stokes (Flute); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Elizabeth May (Cello); Eoghan McCarthy (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); 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: Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Mason Neely (Percussion); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Elizabeth May (Cello); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Anna Stokes (Flute); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Ben Crawley (Programming); Ralph Skan (Voice); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Piano); 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: Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Sam Coates (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Ben Crawley (Programming); Sam Coates (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 (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Fiona Pears (Violin); James Mordaunt (Voice); Sam Coates (Piano); Ralph Skan (Voice); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Anna Stokes (Flute); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); 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: Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Elizabeth May (Cello); Sam Coates (Piano); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); 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: Steven Geraghty (Piano); Sam Coates (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Ralph Skan (Voice); Robert Prizeman (Piano); James Mordaunt (Voice); Mason Neely (Percussion)
  • 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); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Fiona Pears (Violin); 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: Steven Geraghty (Programming); Joshua Madine (Voice); Fiona Pears (Violin); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Sam Coates (Programming); Sam Coates (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Stefan Leadbeater (Voice); Ralph Skan (Voice); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Ben Crawley (Programming); Elizabeth May (Cello); Anna Stokes (Flute); Mason Neely (Percussion)
  • 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); Charlotte Ashley (Oboe); Anna Stokes (Flute); Elizabeth May (Cello); Ben Crawley (Programming); Robert Prizeman (Keyboards); Robert Prizeman (Piano); Sam Coates (Keyboards); Sam Coates (Piano); Fiona Pears (Violin); Mason Neely (Percussion); Steven Geraghty (Keyboards); Steven Geraghty (Recorder); Steven Geraghty (Piano); Steven Geraghty (Programming); Sam Coates (Programming); Steven Geraghty (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Robert Prizeman
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1823

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