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Be All Merry / Earley, Irish Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 08/21/2020 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 643  
Composer:  Matthew CullotonEoghan DesmondTraditionalElaine Agnew,   ... 
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber OrchestraChoral Scholars of University College Dublin
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study. Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Read more Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Dublin. The Adoration of the Magi by American composer Timothy Stephens is a breathtaking setting of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. A beautiful Irish-language lullaby – Cró na Nollag – set by father and son, Adhamhnán and Uinseann Mac Domhnaill, and the much-loved Scottish tune simply titled Suantraí, are also included. The Irish Chamber Orchestra are also featured on a number of tracks including The Wexford Carol and Carol of the Bells. The choir closes the album with the song most associated with friendship, hope and the promise of a new year, Auld Lang Syne. The post-production phase of this recording project took place as the world grappled with the outbreak of COVID-19. American composer Linda Kachelmeier’s piece – We Toast the Days – serves as a reminder of the strength, love and hope that resonates throughout the world not simply at Christmastide but also during periods of hardship. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
In Dulci Jubilo by Matthew Culloton
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
2.
Be All Merry by Eoghan Desmond
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2018; Ireland 
3.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Written: England 
Notes: arr. John Høybye 
4.
Curoo, Curoo by Elaine Agnew
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2008; Ireland 
5.
The Adoration of the Magi by Timothy Stephens
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
6.
Suantraí ár Slánaitheora by Fionntán Ó Cearbhaill
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1979; Ireland 
7.
Wexford Carol by Traditional
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Written: Ireland 
Notes: arr. Desmond Earley 
8.
O magnum mysterium by Andrej Makor
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: Slovenia 
9.
Christe, Redemptor Omnium by Ivo Antognini
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2018; Switzerland 
10.
Cró na Nollag by Adhamhnán Mac Domhnaill
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Written: Ireland 
11.
Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910; Ukraine 
Notes: arr. Desmond Earley 
12.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; United States 
Notes: arr. Desmond Earley 
13.
We Toast the Days by Linda Kachelmeier
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Contemporary 
Written: United States 
14.
Auld Lang Syne by Traditional
Conductor:  Desmond Earley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Irish Chamber Orchestra,  Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Period: Classical 
Written: Scotland 
Notes: arr. Desmond Earley 

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