Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
There's been word that with the decline in the age of puberty, the classic boychoir sound is getting more difficult to obtain. There's little evidence of that, though, in this release by the London choir Libera, recorded at Armagh Cathedral (otherwise known as St. Patrick's Cathedral Armagh). The group is only moderately well-known, and the album's genesis seems to have been the result of strong promotion by its conductor, Robert Prizeman (who, moreover, does not even have his name listed on the cover); the recording is copyrighted by him and licensed to the Warner Classics label. One Tony Wass is credited with "Recording" (not Engineering or any of the yet more technical...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
There's been word that with the decline in the age of puberty, the classic boychoir sound is getting more difficult to obtain. There's little evidence of that, though, in this release by the London choir Libera, recorded at Armagh Cathedral (otherwise known as St. Patrick's Cathedral Armagh). The group is only moderately well-known, and the album's genesis seems to have been the result of strong promotion by its conductor, Robert Prizeman (who, moreover, does not even have his name listed on the cover); the recording is copyrighted by him and licensed to the Warner Classics label. One Tony Wass is credited with "Recording" (not Engineering or any of the yet more technical terms that have arisen), and he did an extraordinary job: the focus is on the choristers, close up, and they are clear, fully intelligible, and able to display their terrific articulation. At the same time, many layers of instrumental accompaniment are heard clearly, in a manner that suggests much more elaborate multitrack recording than has in fact been used. Hear the bang-up finale to "In dulci jubilo" (track 4). This combination isn't easy to pull off. As for the choir itself, they have a pleasantly light sound that keeps on top of the pitch and has a nice consistent surface even if they're not yet at the level of the classic boychoirs. You might expect that an album entitled Christmas in Ireland would have a few more Irish selections than just the "Wexford Carol" and the ubiquitous "Danny Boy," but if what you're after is a collection of familiar Christmas tunes sung by a very appealing boychoir photographed smiling in white robes and informal poses in the booklet, this is a strong entry in the field.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/2013
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099940956626
  • Catalog Number: 40956626
  • Sales rank: 96,617

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Prizeman Primary Artist, Conductor
Judy Collins Vocals
Brian Dunning Woodwind
Nicole Hudson Strings
John McIntyre Guitar
Zoë Conway Strings
Libera Boy's Choir
Steven Geraghty Keyboards
Dan Bodwell Strings
Ailbje McDonagh Strings
Cassius O'Connell-White Vocals
Sylvia Roberts Strings
Matthew Jansen Vocals
Lucas Wood Vocals
Jessie Grimes Woodwind
Isaac London Vocals
Ciaran Bradbury-Hickey Vocals
Chris Stynes Percussion
Benjamin Fairman Vocals
Tony Quinn Percussion
Thomas Delgado-Little Vocals
Simon Roth Percussion
Paddy McErlean Woodwind
Michael Ustynovych-Repa Vocals
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
George Frideric Handel Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
William James Kirkpatrick Composer
Hugh Martin Composer, Text
Isaac Watts Text
Lowell Mason Musical Adaptation
Tony Dixon Mastering
Peter J. Wilhousky Text
Ralph Blane Composer, Text
Robert Prizeman Arranger, Composer, Director, Producer, Text
Joseph Mohr Text
John Sullivan Dwight Text Translation
David Warner Original Lyrics
Ian Tilley Producer
William Chatterton Dix Text
Daniel Hart Executive Producer
Sam Coates Producer, Orchestration
Steven Geraghty Orchestration
Fiona Pears Orchestration
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Tony Wass Engineering
Christmas Traditional Composer
Mykola Leontovych Composer
Mack Wilberg Composer
Steven Philipp Management
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