The Christmas Album

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Libera's Christmas Album features the popular London boys' choir in an attractive selection of Christmas music, mostly familiar, but with a few less-well-known pieces. The selection includes a mix of carols, such as "Joy to the World," "O Holy Night," "The First Nowell," and "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks," as well as traditional holiday songs like "White Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas," and Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)." The sweet-voiced choir of boy trebles, who range in age from about 7 to 16, consists of about 30 singers and is accompanied by an orchestra. Many tracks feature solo singers or small groups, who deliver the music not only with simplicity but with pure tone and a high level of professionalism. The arrangements skillfully exploit the contrast of vocal sounds from the very young to the more mature (but still unchanged) voices. Most of the selections are arranged especially for the group by its founder and conductor, Robert Prizeman. Prizeman's expert arrangements have a warm, soft-focus glow that matches and complements the boys' sound and makes this an ideal album for quiet, meditative holiday listening. EMI's clean sound quality creates an atmosphere of gentle radiance.

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