Christmas in Bethlehem

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Best-known outside her native Sweden for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991, one of the schlager pop scene's most enduring female artists has steadily built up an impressive portfolio of festive albums in her 30-year career. Following 1991's Jul, 1999's Jul I Betlehem, and 2007's I Denna Natt Blir Varlden Ny, Christmas in Bethlehem is her fourth yuletide release, but her first to be recorded entirely in English. Those who are only familiar with her more bombastic, campy, Euro-pop material will be surprised to hear that the 15-track collection is an unexpectedly restrained affair, which for once allows her beautifully fragile vocals to come to the forefront. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Best-known outside her native Sweden for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1991, one of the schlager pop scene's most enduring female artists has steadily built up an impressive portfolio of festive albums in her 30-year career. Following 1991's Jul, 1999's Jul I Betlehem, and 2007's I Denna Natt Blir Varlden Ny, Christmas in Bethlehem is her fourth yuletide release, but her first to be recorded entirely in English. Those who are only familiar with her more bombastic, campy, Euro-pop material will be surprised to hear that the 15-track collection is an unexpectedly restrained affair, which for once allows her beautifully fragile vocals to come to the forefront. Avoiding the straightforward karaoke route, Christmas in Bethlehem instead offers an eclectic, globe-trotting vibe which makes several songs thousands of years old seem fresh and contemporary. "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" is given a stunning Middle Eastern makeover thanks to its authentic Indian instrumentation and the haunting vocal tones of Iranian Mahsa Vahdat and Azerbaijani Aygun Beyler; the English and Latin vocals on "O, Sanctissima" are accompanied by infectious African tribal beats and uplifting gospel chanting, and the twanging guitars, subtle organs, and shuffling rhythms of "Poor Little Jesus" turn the Christian hymn into an authentic slice of 1930s-influenced Deep South blues. Elsewhere, "Silent Night" is a bizarrely engaging duet with the husky-voiced Hans-Erik Dyvik Husby, formerly the lead singer of Norwegian death-punk outfit Turbonegro; "The Little Drummer Boy" is an impressively soulful take on the Harry Simeone Chorale classic, while Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts pops up on a powerful and emotive rendition of "O Holy Night." In addition to the more familiar standards, there are also four original compositions co-penned by Carola, including "Heaven in My Arms," a faithful English-language reworking of her melancholic, wintry "Himlen I Min Famn," the epic "Find My Way to Bethlehem" which begins as a somber acoustic ballad and ends in a crescendo of anthemic rock guitars and swirling orchestral production, and "Heaven Turned Out to Be a Child," an enchanting but slightly sinister, violin-led, neo-classical piece featuring young schoolboy Julian Erlandsson, which would make the ideal opening theme should Tim Burton make a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas. While many holiday albums sound like they've been knocked out in a day, it's clear that Carola's invested as much effort in Christmas in Bethlehem as she has with her trademark pop material, and in the process, has produced the most heart-warming and timeless album of her career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 7340027074503
  • Catalog Number: 1584917
  • Sales rank: 189,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heaven In My Arms (5:02)
  2. 2 Hark, the Herald Angels Sing - Aygun Beyler (5:37)
  3. 3 Silent Night - Hans Erik Dyvik Husby (4:10)
  4. 4 Find My Way To Bethlehem (5:03)
  5. 5 Poor, Little Jesus - Gladys Del Pilar (3:16)
  6. 6 O Holy Night - Paul Potts (4:22)
  7. 7 From Heaven High (3:05)
  8. 8 Good Christian Men, Rejoice (4:22)
  9. 9 The Little Drummer Boy (4:34)
  10. 10 O, Sanctissima (4:11)
  11. 11 Heaven Turned Out To Be a Child - Julian Erlandsson (3:23)
  12. 12 O Little Town of Bethlehem (4:05)
  13. 13 Go Tell It on the Mountain (5:14)
  14. 14 This Very Night the World Will Change (3:54)
  15. 15 O Come All Ye Faithful (4:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carola Primary Artist
Eivind Aarset Guitar
Iver Kleive Piano, Background Vocals, Hammond B3
Per Oystein Sorensen Background Vocals
Rune Arnesen Percussion, Drums
Elin Skjennum Loken Background Vocals
Harald Aune Skorpen Background Vocals
Marian Lisland Background Vocals
Anders Engen Drums
Johnny Sjo Bass
Ertan Tekin Duduk
Christopher Öhman Viola
Bendik Foss Viola
Audun Sandvik Cello
Håkon Iversen Background Vocals
Linda Lampenius Violin, Soloist
Øyvind Kristiansen Synthesizer, Loops
Sigvart Dagsland Background Vocals
Erik Arvinder Violin
Shirzad Fataliyev Duduk
Stig Ove Ose Viola
Fredrik Syberg Violin
Torjus Vierli Piano, Autoharp, Keyboards, Hammond B3
Jostein Hasselgard Background Vocals
Gladys Del Pilar Background Vocals
Johan Röhr Background Vocals
Mahsa Vahdat Chant
Angela Holland Background Vocals
Ole Marius Johnson Background Vocals
Åshild Stensrud Background Vocals
Ingrid Folkvord Background Vocals
Eirik Kaasa Background Vocals
Karin Okkenhaug Seim Background Vocals
Ghat Nassar Children's Voices
Dag Arnold Gryting Background Vocals
Børge Petersen Øverleir Guitar
Aygun Beyler Chant
Anders Rensvik Viola
Yanal Abukalaf Children's Voices
Yakoub Hamoudeh Children's Voices
Suhail Khoury Children's Choirmaster
Øystein Sonstad Cello
Nadeem Gabran Children's Voices
Micke Blomkvist Background Vocals
Mathilda Olivia Background Vocals
Marianne Bondevik Background Vocals
Kristian F. Pedersen Background Vocals
Katharina Millton Almgren Background Vocals
Julian Erlandsson Vocals, Soloist
Irit Assayas Cello
Ingrid Margrethe Folkvord Background Vocals
Hilde Thorsen Background Vocals
Håvard Gryting Background Vocals
Hans-Ole Hummelvold Background Vocals
Hanna Dahlkvist Cello
Hallgrim Brattberg Guitar
Technical Credits
Adolphe Adam Composer
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Terry Cox translation
Iver Kleive Arranger
Leif Johansen Engineer
Rune Arnesen Arranger
Martin Luther Composer, Lyricist
John Reading Composer
Alf Christian Hvidsteen Engineer
Joseph Mohr Composer, Lyricist
Phillips Brooks Composer
John Sullivan Dwight translation
John Mason Neale translation
Marian Lisland Vocal Arrangements
Bernard Löhr Engineer
Anders Engen Arranger
Johnny Sjo Arranger
Traditional Composer
Pelle Ankarberg Composer, Lyricist
Martin Abrahamsen Engineer
Carola Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Øyvind Kristiansen Arranger, Programming
Cappeau de Roquemaure Composer, Lyricist
Torjus Vierli Arranger
Winfred Douglas translation
Lewis Redner Composer
Charles Wesley Composer, Lyricist
John F Young translation
Erik Hillestad Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Engineer
J.F. Wade Composer
Gladys Del Pilar Vocal Arrangements
Peo Thyrén Composer
Andreas Utnem String Arrangements
Daniel Wold Engineer
Frank Guldstrand Engineer
Børge Petersen Øverleir Arranger
Atle Hallstensen String Arrangements
Stefan Almkvist Composer
Siyavush Kerimi Engineer
Roberto Martorell Engineer
Mikael Axelius Composer
Lennart Ström Engineer
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