All I Want

All I Want

by Aliqua
     
 
As a quick follow-up to their self-titled debut album, the eight-member female choral group Aliqua from Vancouver, Canada, released a holiday collection, All I Want. The singers, sopranos Erin Bishop, Katy Cadman, Heather Ray, and Amy Stevenson, and altos Sarah Jane Bird, Tavia Cosper, Ellie Lesani, and Alice Schwarz, are determined both

Overview

As a quick follow-up to their self-titled debut album, the eight-member female choral group Aliqua from Vancouver, Canada, released a holiday collection, All I Want. The singers, sopranos Erin Bishop, Katy Cadman, Heather Ray, and Amy Stevenson, and altos Sarah Jane Bird, Tavia Cosper, Ellie Lesani, and Alice Schwarz, are determined both to address traditional Christmas fare and to transform it, so they do some extensive rearranging here. The best example may be "All Is Calm," credited to Schubert because it is really the composer's "Ave Maria" transformed. Bishop's arrangement borrows lyrics from other Christmas songs and mixes them with the Latin originals, while also taking the music and reharmonizing it so that the melody is more an underlying factor than the dominant sound. Then, there's "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, with the singers taking over the instrumental parts with wordless sounds. (For good measure, the album ends with a dance remix of the tune dubbed "Sugafunscary.") "Silent Night" (aka "Still Nacht") has a pedal steel guitar applied to it behind Aliqua's haunting vocal parts. And "The Little Babe," excerpted from Benjamin Britten's A Ceremony of Carols, becomes a flamenco, complete with Spanish guitar. Occasionally, Aliqua play things straight, especially when, as in "Carol of the Bells," the tune, with its rapid tempo, is challenging enough as written. But they are determined not to fall back on their angelic voices to create a conventional holiday collection; instead, they want to shake things up, and they largely succeed.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Nettwerk Records
UPC:
0067003087421
catalogNumber:
30874
Rank:
266467

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Performance Credits

Aliqua   Primary Artist
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rita Manning   Violin
Allen Walley   Double Bass
Anthony Pike   Clarinet
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
Vicci Wardman   Violin,Viola
Neyire Ashworth   Clarinet
Dru Masters   Bass,Piano,Accordion,Celeste,Ukulele,Hand Clapping,Hammered Dulcimer,Requinto
Dave Danford   Chimes,Cymbals,Glockenspiel,Marimbas,sleigh bells
Guy Pearson   Piano
Ben Rogerson   Cello
Sarah Jane Bird   Group Member
Ellie Lesani   Group Member
Heather Ray   Group Member
Amy Stevenson   Group Member
Alice Schwarz   Group Member
Erin Bishop   Group Member
Katy Cadman   Group Member
Tavia Cosper   Group Member

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Benjamin Britten   Composer
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
B.J. Cole   Arranger
Greg Reely   Engineer
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Corlynn Hanney   Composer
Leo Arnaud   Vocal Arrangements
Peter J. Wilhousky   Vocal Arrangements
Jake Jackson   Engineer
Chris Barrett   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Aliqua   Vocal Arrangements
Dave Moore   Pro-Tools
Richard B. Smith   Composer
Josef Mohr   Composer
Dru Masters   Producer
Franz Schubert   Composer
Dave Danford   Arranger
Mykola Dmytrovych   Composer
Guy Pearson   Arranger
Dave Waplington   Layout
Phillip Lawson   Vocal Arrangements
Rob Whalen   Vocal Arrangements
Jeff Funk   Vocal Arrangements
Noe Sanchez   Vocal Arrangements
Erin Bishop   Vocal Arrangements

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