The Wonder of Christmas | Naxos 8573421

The Wonder of Christmas

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573421

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Christmas

Release Date: 3rd November 2014



Michael Bloss (organ)
Elora Festival Singers


Noel Edison


Michael Bloss (organ)
Elora Festival Singers


Noel Edison


The Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre’s choral music (8559677) was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles, both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs. The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies.

This much admired choir and director have been lavishly praised for their previous Naxos discs. ‘Choral enthusiasts, arise! Here is a new recording that you can really get excited about.’ - ClassicsToday 10/10, of the album ‘Psalms of the Soul’ (8554823).

This latest disc celebrates the art of the Christmas Carol, from the Middle Ages to the music of today, not least in the settings by John Tavener and the ever-popular John Rutter. This is the perfect Christmas offering.

Track Listing:
1. Once in royal David’s city
2. My Dancing Day
3. What Child Is This?
4. A Boy was Born
5. The holly and the ivy
6. Who is He in Yonder Stall
7. Nesciens mater virgo virum
8. Away in a Manger
9. Ding Dong! Merrily on high
10. O Holy Night
11. Adam lay y-bounden
12. Ecce concipies
13. Rocking
14. Gabriel’s Message
15. I Wonder as I Wander
16. There is a Flower
17. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
18. The First Nowell

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