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Artist(s) Loman, Judy, harp • Whicher, Monica, soprano
Period(s) 20th CenturyRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category InstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.572510
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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The richly fascinating history of the Christmas carol spans some nine centuries, from the 12th Century until today, bringing together courtly and popular words and music to contemplate and praise the Christ child. Acclaimed by The Guardian as ‘poignantly expressive’, soprano Monica Whicher joins one of the world’s foremost harp virtuosos and former Principal Harpist with the Toronto Symphony, Judy Loman, to interpret carols both old and new, beloved and unfamiliar, many in Ms Loman’s expert arrangements.


Serene Beauty at Christmas Time
Review By KS109634,December 2010

This is a treasurable record! The combination of Judy Loman's harp playing and Monica Whicher's distinctive soprano voice strikes me as perfect for a cold December evening in a warm firelit room. The selected Christmas songs are mostly not over-familiar to North American audiences, but better-known in Britain and Europe. One and all are beautiful, and the arrangements masterly. Quality of performance can be taken for granted with these two superb artists. The recorded sound is first-rate too. A collection of true musical treasures, as far removed as could be from the world of department store and elevator music, and a memorable introduction for those not familiar with the treasure of Christmas music created down through all the centuries.


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