Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|George Bragg, Gregg Smith Singers, Texas Boys Choir|
A Ceremony of Carols: Carols From Around the World
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
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NOT your traditional Carols, for non-traditional people
lillercat | 07/30/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD started out as two separate Vinyl LPs over 20 years ago. One was The Ceremony of Carols, and tradtional Carols by The Gregg Smith Singers and the Texas Boys Choir; and the other was the Carols From Around The World. Whoever had the genius to put them on one CD deserves a huge pat on the back. The International Carols are unique-most of them I had never heard before purchasing the album 20 years ago. The "Three Phillipine Songs" and "Rorate Coeli" especially stir me when I listen to them by the Christmas tree lights.
I sang "The Ceremony of Carols" in college and loved it. This version, by the Texas Boy Choir is the best I've come across. The Choir voices are pure as angels' and on songs like "This Little Babe" they can make the hair on my arms stand up. The price on this CD is almost incredibly inexpensive for the beautiful music on it. Buy it! after nearly 30 years of listening to these songs, I still feel a quiver of anticipation when I hear the first notes of "In Dulci Jubilo"."
Possibly the Most Sublime Vocal Music Ever Recorded
Michael Laird | New York, NY United States | 03/06/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have only listened to the Texas Boys Choir doing Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" about 200 times in my life: it is ABSOLUTELY sublime: EXTREMELY chilling, haunting, magnificent. Long ago I got a cassette tape of the recording (it is now ancient but still precious to me!) - when I found out that a CD of the recording has been released (see above) I ordered it immediately!!! I have listened to other recordings of the Ceremony of Carols, but the Texas Boys Choir version reduces me to tears. I don't know about the other material on this CD, but it doesn't matter: I would pay almost any price to have a CD of the Texas Boys Choir "Ceremony of Carols" - what more can be said? Rating: INFINITE STARS."