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Artist(s) Elora Festival Singers, Choir • Edison, Noel, Conductor • Bloss, Michael, organ
Period(s) 20th CenturyClassical (1750-1830)ContemporaryRomantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - Secular
Catalogue 8.554179
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Naxos,

A similar treat is "The Mystery of Christmas", originally recorded by the Elora Festival Singers in 1997. Accompanied by the rich and resounding organ accompaniment of Michael Bloss (at Toronto's Timothy Eaton Memorial Church), it offers a fine mixture of familiar carols, Canadian compositions, traditional folk tunes and work by such composers as Britten and Poulenc. The arrangements are embellished by some sublime descant (especially in O Come All Ye Faithful and Hark the Herald Angels Sing), while the final selection, John Tavener's God is with Us - A Christmas Proclamation, influenced by Orthodox church music, evokes real awe and mystery.

Review By David Mellor,Review Classical,December 2000

"...a real bargain, the Naxos disc The Mystery of Christmas...with a remarkable range of Christmas music beautifully sung by the Elora Festival Singers of Toronto. As well as old favourites such as Silent Night, hauntingly done here, there's some fascinating modern stuff, including one of John Rutter's most delightful creations, What Sweeter Music, and an imposing finale from John Tavener."


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