Christmas Album [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/1/2011
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099908435323
  • Catalog Number: 84353
  • Sales rank: 310,798

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Libera Primary Artist, Boy's Choir
Robert Prizeman Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Sam Coates Piano, Keyboards
Mason Neely Percussion
Steven Geraghty Clarinet, Piano, Keyboards, Recorder
Fiona Pears Violin
Benedict Philipp Vocals
Joshua Madine Vocals
Luke Collins Vocals
Freddie Ingles Vocals
Daniel Fontannaz Vocals
James Mordaunt Vocals
Jakob De Menezes-Wood Vocals
Stefan Leadbeater Vocals
Ralph Skan Vocals
Anna Stokes Flute
Charlotte Ashley Oboe
Elizabeth May Cello
Cassius O'Connell-White Vocals
Eoghan McCarthy Vocals
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Benjamin Britten Composer
Irving Berlin Composer, Text
Billy Joel Composer, Text
Henry John Gauntlett Composer
Hugh Martin Composer, Text
Isaac Watts Text
Peter J. Wilhousky Text
Ralph Blane Composer, Text
Robert Prizeman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Text
Miles Showell Mastering
Nahum Tate Text
John Sullivan Dwight Text Translation
Ian Tilley Producer
Ben Crawley Programming
Mrs. C. F. Alexander Text
Sam Coates Programming, Producer
Hans Edler Composer
Steven Geraghty Programming
Mykola Leontovych Composer
Mack Wilberg Composer
Laurence Edward Mason Adaptation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Excellent - Highly Recommended

    As always, Libera delivers with beautiful singing and magnificent arrangements.

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    Posted July 31, 2012

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