Christmas in Bethlehem

Christmas in Bethlehem

by Carola
     
 

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 BlirSee more details below

Overview

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 Jul">Julian Erlandsson">Jul">{|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">Julian Erlandsson, which would make the ideal opening theme should {|Tim Burton">Julian Erlandsson">Jul">{|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
UPC:
7340027074503
catalogNumber:
1584917
Rank:
357975

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Tracks

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

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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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