Christmas in Harvard Square

Christmas in Harvard Square

by The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School


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Christmas in Harvard Square

As the booklet to this Decca release notes, St. Paul's Choir School of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only Catholic boys' choir school in the U.S. You can see why, with handsome profits being reaped from the various similar institutions across the Atlantic, the Decca label might have been interested in trying to generate a similar recording institution in the U.S. In this first attempt, the results are mixed but promising. The sound of the choir is unusual, with large groups of boy trebles over three-to-a-part altos, tenors, and basses. The spotlight is on the trebles, and they do not falter in pitch; they stay cohesive in the rather murky spaces of their home church, and they bring a good deal of warmth to the generally familiar melodies on display. This is good, for the program itself sticks closely to the middle of the road with a mixture of Renaissance pieces, carols, chant, and contemporary pieces, many of them standard fare for anyone who has sung in an American glee club. Listeners should note the stated aim: "this music allows us to collaborate in the great endeavor that is the New Evangelization." Those of a more ecumenical frame of mind will find English recordings for Christmas season that approach the story and its choral traditions with greater sense of resonance and history, and, for now, greater skill. But for those already evangelized, this album will bring both conviction and some notably good boychoir singing.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2014
Label: Universal Classics
UPC: 0028948110759
catalogNumber: 002096902
Rank: 202516

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boys of St. Paul's Choir School   Primary Artist,Children's Chorus
John Robinson   Conductor,Descant
Jonathan Wessler   Organ

Technical Credits

Felix Mendelssohn   Composer
Tomás Luis de Victoria   Composer
Henry John Gauntlett   Composer
Jacobus Handl (Gallus)   Composer
Andrew Carter   Composer,Text
Margaret Rose   Text
David Willcocks   Composer
Charles Wood   Composer
Charles Wesley   Text
Frederick Oakeley   Text
Elizabeth Poston   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
George Ratcliffe Woodward   Text
Christina Rossetti   Text
Cecil Frances Alexander   Text
Harold Darke   Composer
Blanton Alspaugh   Producer
Mark Donahue   Engineer
John Robinson   Arranger,Composer
Sabine Baring-Gould   Text
Gregorian Chant   Composer
Michael Head   Composer
Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles   Layout
Kevin Fitzgibbons   Executive Producer
Michael Drea   Liner Notes

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HaloBenders More than 1 year ago
An absolute treasure! This quite possibly might be the best collection of music I have ever heard in my life! Regardless of what type of music you are into - this is incredible music - done at the highest level!