Christmas Day / Elem Eley

Release Date: 11/1/2019
Catalog Number: AF1904
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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$16.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
Baritone Elem Eley describes this very personal album in this way: "Some of the most magical moments of my childhood were the eager tearing-away of the plastic wrap from the annual Christmas album, just purchased from the Firestone dealer in our little hometown! It was through these “Stereophonic LP” albums (devotedly and regularly brought home by my father) that I was introduced to much of the classic holiday repertoire, both sacred and secular. Burl Ives, Robert Goulet, Leontyne Price, The Brothers Four, Mahalia Jackson, Isaac Stern, of course, the New York Philharmonic, Mitch Miller and his chorus -- these artists, plus many others, each year brought us much other-worldliness of the holiday season -- often with an entertaining this-worldliness of musical style! Christmas Day is not consciously modeled after the Great Songs of Christmas serials, but the comparison is inescapable. We hope that this album may provide a measure of nostalgia, “Christmas magic,” and inspiring reflection on the true meaning of the season. My own voice is complemented here by a host of outstanding artists -- adult and children’s choirs, orchestra, and brilliant instrumentalists. We offer you beloved carols, some composed or newly-arranged especially for this project. Join us on our journey to the cradle."
Works on This Recording
1. The Christ-child's Lullaby by Gwyneth van Anden Walker
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1990 ;
1. Geistliche Gesänge (3), Op. 66: No. 3. Ich steh an deiner Krippe hier by Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
2. In the bleak mid-winter by Gustav Holst
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1906 ; England
2. The Birthday of a King by William H. Neidlinger
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
3. Gesu Bambino by Pietro Yon
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917 ; USA
3. I Always Cry at Christmas by Walter Afanasieff
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Elem Eley (Piano)
4. The Birds by Benjamin Britten
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Elaine Christy (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1929/1934 ; England
5. Caroling, caroling by Alfred S. Burt
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Elaine Christy (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1954 ; USA
6. Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 1, Christbaum by Peter Cornelius
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856/1870 ; Weimar, Germany
7. Weihnachtslieder (6), Op. 8: no 3, Die Könige by Peter Cornelius
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Eric Plutz (Organ)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1856/1870 ; Weimar, Germany
8. Minuit, Chrétiens "O holy night" by Adolphe Adam
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Eric Plutz (Organ)
Period: Romantic
9. Some Children See Him by Alfred S. Burt
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Eric Plutz (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1951 ; USA
10. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Johnny Marks
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Eric Plutz (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
11. Carol of the Birds by Eric Harding Thiman
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century
12. The Virgin Mary had a baby boy by Traditional
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
13. Sweet Little Jesus Boy by Robert MacGimsey
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Elaine Christy (Harp )
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1934 ; USA
14. Christmas Day, H 109 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Eric Plutz (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; England
15. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
16. I Always Cry at Christmas by Walter Afanasieff
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Elem Eley (Piano)
17. Christmas Day, H 109 by Gustav Holst
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone), Eric Plutz (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1910 ; England
18. Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer: Elem Eley (Baritone)
Period: Classical
Written: 1818 ; Austria
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