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Christmas Album [Standard Edition]
     

The Christmas Album [Standard Edition]

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by Libera
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099908435323
catalogNumber:
84353

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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
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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Christmas Album [Deluxe Edition] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Libera delivers with beautiful singing and magnificent arrangements.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago