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The Wonder of Christmas

Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison, Michael Bloss

Available in 96 kHz / 24-bit AIFF and FLAC high-resolution audio formats

“Christmas in Canada, courtesy of this silk-toned, impeccably mannered ensemble of adult singers. The Elora's airiness and ease of voice production is very noticeable, with excellent enunciation ..."
- BBC Music Magazine

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1
Once in Royal David's City (arr. by A.H. Mann and D. Willcocks)
David Willcocks; Henry John Gauntlett; Arthur Henry Mann; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
3:50
2
My Dancing Day (arr. by B. Chilcott)
Traditional; Bob Chilcott; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
1:50
3
What Child Is This? (arr. by P. Halley)
Paul Halley; Traditional; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
3:25
A Boy Was Born, Op. 3  
4
Theme
Benjamin Britten; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
2:10
5
The Holly and the Ivy
Stuart Thompson; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
3:20
6
Who Is He in Yonder Stall
Robert H. Young; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
3:55
7
Nesciens Mater Virgo Virum
Jean Mouton; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
3:55
8
Away in a Manger (arr. by B. Chilcott)
William J. Kirkpatrick; Bob Chilcott; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
2:51
9
Ding! Dong! Merrily on High (arr. by M. Wilberg and P. Stevens)
Mack Wilberg; Traditional; Peter Stevens; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
2:06
10
O Holy Night
Adolphe Adam; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
4:33
11
Adam Lay Y-bounden
Howard Skempton; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
1:20
12
Ecce Concipies
Mark Sirett; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
3:10
13
Rocking
John Tavener; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
1:54
14
Gabriel's Message (arr. by G. Brown)
Traditional; Gerald Brown; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
3:08
15
I Wonder as I Wander (arr. by L. Enns)
Traditional; Leonard Enns; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
4:24
16
There is a Flower
John Rutter; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
4:22
17
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
Michael Praetorius; Jan Sandstrom; Elora Festival Singers; Noel Edison
3:33
18
The First Nowell (arr. by P. Halley)
Paul Halley; Traditional; Elora Festival Singers; Michael Bloss; Noel Edison
5:34
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:20
Grammy nominees the Elora Festival Singers, conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, have been called one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. On this album 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, stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM - Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at St John’s Church, Elora, Ontario, Canada, from 9th to 11th May, 2014.
Producers: Bonnie Silver and Norbert Kraft
Engineer: Norbert Kraft
Editor: Bonnie Silver
Booklet notes: Graham Wade
Cover image by jojjik (Fotolia)

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