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

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

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

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

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