CHRISTMAS IN HARVARD SQUARE by The Boys of St Paul's Choir School

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Christmas in harvard square by the boys of st paul s choir school

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The Boys of St Paul's Choir School
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  • Carol, Classical, Gregorian Chant, Hymn, Introit, Motet, Part Song, Sacred Music, Song
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De Montfort Music

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by The Boys of St Paul's Choir School

Both traditional and contemporary arrangements are featured on the 19-track album, including some original arrangements by John Robinson, Director of Music at the Choir School and the Parish of St. Paul. It also includes must-have renditions of both Rutter & Willcocks arrangements. The cozy and ethereal music collection of songs for Christmas celebrates the Nativity of Christ and coincides with the 50th anniversary of the school. “Having celebrated our 50th anniversary of founding in the midst of the great renaissance that is taking place at our school, this recording allows us to collaborate in the great endeavor that is the New Evangelization,” said Fr. Michael Drea, Pastor of St. Paul and Senior Chaplain for The Harvard Catholic Center. “Sacred choral music, especially that which is centered on the Incarnation of our Lord, can serve to inspire countless people to rediscover, embrace anew or even encounter for the first time the gift of the Son of God made man.”

Song List:

1. O Come All Ye Faithful
2. O magnum mysterium
3. Once in Royal David's City
4. Omnes de Saba venient
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
6. Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree
7. Mater ora filium
8. The Little Road to Bethlehem
9. The Infant King
10. In the Bleak Midwinter
11. I Sing of a Maiden
12. Puer natus est
13. Ding Dong Merrily on High
14. A Maiden Most Gentle
15. Still Still Still
16. Dominus dixit
17. Angels We Have Heard
18. Angelus ad virginem
19. There Is No Rose

Product Details:
Duration: Album
Style: Gregorian Chant, Hymn, Motet Artist: The Boys of St. Paul's Choir School
Release Year: 2014
UPC: 0028948110759
Format: CD
Release Year: 2014
Record Label: De Montfort Music
Genre: Carol, Classical, Gregorian Chant, Hymn, Introit, Motet, Part Song, Sacred Music, Song      
Playing Time: 61 min.
Contributing Artists: John Robinson, Owen Lewis, Mark Flynn, Jonathan Organ Wessler, Rob Marchant, Thomas Treble Vocal Potts, Devin Tenor Vocal Drerup, Colin Vocals Lapus, Christopher Vocals Jaehnig, Christian Treble Vocal Landry
Distributor: Universal Music
Recording Mode: Stereo


Album Notes:
Recording information: Church of St. Paul's, Cambridge, Ma. (05/07/2014-05/09/2014).As the booklet to this Decca release notes, St. Paul's Choir School of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only Catholic boys' choir school in the U.S. You can see why, with handsome profits being reaped from the various similar institutions across the Atlantic, the Decca label might have been interested in trying to generate a similar recording institution in the U.S. In this first attempt, the results are mixed but promising. The sound of the choir is unusual, with large groups of boy trebles over three-to-a-part altos, tenors, and basses. The spotlight is on the trebles, and they do not falter in pitch; they stay cohesive in the rather murky spaces of their home church, and they bring a good deal of warmth to the generally familiar melodies on display. This is good, for the program itself sticks closely to the middle of the road with a mixture of Renaissance pieces, carols, chant, and contemporary pieces, many of them standard fare for anyone who has sung in an American glee club. Listeners should note the stated aim: "this music allows us to collaborate in the great endeavor that is the New Evangelization." Those of a more ecumenical frame of mind will find English recordings for Christmas season that approach the story and its choral traditions with greater sense of resonance and history, and, for now, greater skill. But for those already evangelized, this album will bring both conviction and some notably good boychoir singing. ~ James Manheim