The Wonder of Christmas

The Wonder of Christmas

by Elora Festival Singers

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Overview

The Wonder of Christmas

Canada's acclaimed chamber choir the Elora Festival Singers lend their dulcet voices to this 2014 collection of Christmas carols. Once again under the directorship of the esteemed Noel Edison, they offer up a variety of different styles and sources ranging from contemporary pieces to obscure Middle Ages carols to well-established seasonal classics. Featuring organ accompaniment by frequent collaborator Michael Bloss, this is a subtle, stirring, and lovingly arranged collection that is richly evocative of the season.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2014
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313342174
catalogNumber: 8573421
Rank: 247701

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elora Festival Singers   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus
Noel Edison   Conductor
Arthur Henry Mann   Harmony
Michael Bloss   Organ

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Benjamin Britten   Composer
Michael Praetorius   Original Material
John Rutter   Composer
Paul Halley   Arranger,Composer
John Tavener   Composer
Henry John Gauntlett   Composer
Gerald Brown   Arranger
David Willcocks   Arranger
Jean Mouton   Composer
Bob Chilcott   Arranger
Percy Dearmer   Text Translation
George Ratcliffe Woodward   Text
Theodore Baker   Text
Howard Skempton   Composer
Cecil Frances Alexander   Text
John Sullivan Dwight   Text
Jan Sandström   Composer
Norbert Kraft   Producer,Engineer
William Chatterton Dix   Text
Bonnie Silver   Producer
Robert H. Young   Composer
Mark Sirett   Composer
John Audelay   Text
Graham Wade   Liner Notes
Benjamin R. Hanby   Text
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer
Leonard Enns   Arranger
Mack Wilberg   Arranger
Stuart Thompson   Composer

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Wonder of Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
It’s extraordinary what one can achieve musically with the most modest resources when each participant is of a like mind. Basically, this is a traditional holiday offering right down to its title and cover art. The tried and true combination of chorus (around 20) and organ works well here. Much of the program consists of the familiar, comfortable sort of material one would anticipate. There is a healthy dose of the new and unusual as well. The Elora Festival Singers under the guidance of Noel Edison perform with consummate skill and feeling. The refined organ accompaniment of Michael Bloss is tastefully employed in several selections. The 18 carols are carefully analyzed as to origin and edition in the well written liner notes. The production/engineering team of Bonnie Silver and Norbert Kraft provide a luminous, appropriately resonant sound picture with no shortage of detail.