Desmond Earley - Be All Merry (24/96 FLAC)
Desmond Earley – Be All Merry (24/96 FLAC)

Performer: The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra
Conductor: Desmond Earley
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Signum
Release: 2020
Size: 913 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Culloton: In dulci jubilo
02. Desmond, E: Be All Merry
03. Høybye: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
04. Agnew, E: Curoo Curoo
05. Earley: The Adoration of the Magi
06. Ó Cearbhaill: Suantraí
07. Earley: The Wexford Carol
08. Makor: O Magnum Mysterium
09. Antognini: Christe, Redemptor Omnium
10. Mac Domhnaill: Cró na Nollag
11. Leontovich: Carol of the Bells
12. Martin, Hugh: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
13. Kachelmeier: We Toast the Days
14. Earley: Auld Lang Syne

The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study.

Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Dublin. The Adoration of the Magi by American composer Timothy Stephens is a breathtaking setting of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. A beautiful Irish-language lullaby – Cró na Nollag – set by father and son, Adhamhnán and Uinseann Mac Domhnaill, and the much-loved Scottish tune simply titled Suantraí, are also included. The Irish Chamber Orchestra are also featured on a number of tracks including The Wexford Carol and Carol of the Bells. The choir closes the album with the song most associated with friendship, hope and the promise of a new year, Auld Lang Syne.

The post-production phase of this recording project took place as the world grappled with the outbreak of COVID-19. American composer Linda Kachelmeier’s piece – We Toast the Days – serves as a reminder of the strength, love and hope that resonates throughout the world not simply at Christmastide but also during periods of hardship

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