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Album Review

As the booklet to this Decca release notes, St. Paul's Choir School of Cambridge, Massachusetts is the only Catholic boys' choir school in the U.S. You can see why, with handsome profits being reaped from the various similar institutions across the Atlantic, the Decca label might have been interested in trying to generate a similar recording institution in the U.S. In this first attempt, the results are mixed but promising. The sound of the choir is unusual, with large groups of boy trebles over three-to-a-part altos, tenors, and basses. The spotlight is on the trebles, and they do not falter in pitch; they stay cohesive in the rather murky spaces of their home church, and they bring a good deal of warmth to the generally familiar melodies on display. This is good, for the program itself sticks closely to the middle of the road with a mixture of Renaissance pieces, carols, chant, and contemporary pieces, many of them standard fare for anyone who has sung in an American glee club. Listeners should note the stated aim: "this music allows us to collaborate in the great endeavor that is the New Evangelization." Those of a more ecumenical frame of mind will find English recordings for Christmas season that approach the story and its choral traditions with greater sense of resonance and history, and, for now, greater skill. But for those already evangelized, this album will bring both conviction and some notably good boychoir singing.

Customer Reviews

The most beautiful record ever recorded!!!!

A Classic. I have never heard music sung so beautifully in my entire life.

Worth adding to you collection

The Boys voices are Angelic and the music is timeless. If you are fortunate to be in the Boston area around Christmas don’t miss their Christmas concerts!

Best Christmas CD ever made

This Christmas music at it's best. Beautiful voices, close your eyes and you'd like you were sitting in a cathedral listening to these boys singing. Just get it, you won't be disappointed.

Biography

Formed: Cambridge, MA

Genre: Holiday

Years Active: '10s

Based out of the St. Paul’s Choir School of St. Paul’s, Harvard Square, the aptly named Boys of St. Paul's Choir School have been a central part of the musical community since their inception (along with the school, which is closely tied to St. Paul’s parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts) in 1963. Consisting of boys between grades four and eight, and steeped in the musical traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, the organization inked an international recording deal with AimHigher Records in 2013...
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