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Angels Sing - Christmas In Ireland / Libera

Libera
Release Date: 11/05/2013 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 40956626   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lowell MasonTraditionalRobert PrizemanFrederick E. Weatherly,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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: Read more 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.

– James Manheim, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Joy to the World by Lowell Mason
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; USA 
2.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Written: England 
3.
Wexford Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Written: Ireland 
4.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
5.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Written: France 
6.
Sanctus (based on Pachelbel's Canon) by Robert Prizeman
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Modern 
7.
Danny Boy by Frederick E. Weatherly
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
8.
Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910; Ukraine 
9.
Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
10.
Still, Still, Still by Mack Wilberg
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
11.
Gaudete by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
12.
Away in a manger by William James Kirkpatrick
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
13.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Have yourself a merry little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; USA 
14.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
15.
What child is this? by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Prizeman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libera
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 

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