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Libera - The Christmas Album

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Item #: 13880834
    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 sop......more

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Artist: Libera
Description:
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
Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Joy to the world (Music from William Holford's 'Voce di Melodia')
  2. 2 Still, Still, Still
  3. 3 Carol of the Bells
  4. 4 Veni, Veni Emmanuel
  5. 5 Once in Royal David's City
  6. 6 O Holy Night
  7. 7 White Christmas
  8. 8 Corpus Christi Carol
  9. 9 In Dulci Jubilo
  10. 10 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  11. 11 Sing the Story
  12. 12 Coventry Carol
  13. 13 The First Nowell
  14. 14 Jubilate Deo
  15. 15 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
  16. 16 Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)
Work Listing:
  • Christmas Traditional Christmas Traditional 2 : 34
  • Billy Joel (1949 - ) Billy Joel (1949 - ) 3 : 51
  • Mykola Leontovych (1877 - 1921) Mykola Leontovych (1877 - 1921) 3 : 7
  • Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989) Irving Berlin (1888 - 1989) 3 : 48
  • Ralph Blane (1914 - 1995) Ralph Blane (1914 - 1995) 3 : 17
  • Christmas Traditional Christmas Traditional 3 : 24
  • Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) 3 : 15
  • Henry John Gauntlett (1805 - 1876) Henry John Gauntlett (1805 - 1876) 3 : 27
  • Christmas Traditional Christmas Traditional 4 : 8
  • Adolphe Adam (Composer) (1803 - 1856) Adolphe Adam (Composer) (1803 - 1856) 4 : 42
  • Christmas Traditional Christmas Traditional 3 : 39
  • Christmas Traditional Christmas Traditional 3 : 53
  • Robert Prizeman (1952 - ) Robert Prizeman (1952 - ) 4 : 26
  • George Frederick Handel (1685 - 1759) George Frederick Handel (1685 - 1759) 2 : 52
  • Christmas Traditional Christmas Traditional 3 : 14
  • Hans Edler Hans Edler 3 : 43
  • Genre:
    ClassicalMusic
    Label:
    Warner Classics
    Number of Discs:
    1
    Format:
    Compact Disc
    Mono or Stereo:
    Stereo
    UPC:
    5099908435323
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