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

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

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

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