Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland

Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland

by Robert Prizeman


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Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Warner Classics
UPC: 5099940956626
catalogNumber: 40956626

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
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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