Merry Christmas - Carols from North America and Europe
Vienna Choir Boys
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||Adeste Fideles||Vienna Choir Boys||2:05||$0.69||View in iTunes|
||Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging||Vienna Choir Boys||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Heissa Buama||Vienna Choir Boys||2:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ihr Kinderlein Kommet||Vienna Choir Boys||2:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant||Vienna Choir Boys||2:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Huron Carol||Vienna Choir Boys||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sing a Joyful Song of Christmas||Vienna Choir Boys||2:21||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes||Vienna Choir Boys||2:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Heigligste Nacht||Vienna Choir Boys||2:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The First Nowell||Vienna Choir Boys||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hark, the Herald Angels Sing||Vienna Choir Boys||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When Christ Was Born of Mary Free||Vienna Choir Boys||2:13||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Deck the Hall||Vienna Choir Boys||1:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Joy to the World||Vienna Choir Boys||2:02||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Entre Le Boef Et L'ane Gris||Vienna Choir Boys||2:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Tannenbaum||Vienna Choir Boys||1:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In Dulci Jubilo||Vienna Choir Boys||1:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Still, Still, Still||Vienna Choir Boys||1:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||O Du Stille Zeit||Vienna Choir Boys||1:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Es Wird Scho Glei Dumpa||Vienna Choir Boys||2:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Stille Nacht||Vienna Choir Boys||4:05||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Vienna Choir Boys (known more colloquially to most of the world as the Vienna Boys Choir) has now been in more or less continuous existence for over 500 years, so you'd naturally expect them to sound pretty good, and so they do. Consisting of roughly 100 boys divided into four choirs of 22 to 25 voices each, all four of which are represented on this disc, the groups have a uniformly sweet and rich choral sound and amazingly smooth blend. This program of Christmas songs both familiar ("Adeste Fideles," "O Tannenbaum," "In Dulci Jubilo," etc.) and relatively obscure (the Austrian shepherd's carol "Heissa Buama," the German folk song "O Du Stille Zeit") is a perfect showcase for the boys' preternaturally lovely voices and the surprisingly sympathetic acoustics of the, er, Casino Zögernitz in Vienna, where the album was recorded. Accompanied by the excellent Ambassade Orchester Wien, the boys perform arrangements that vary from spare and simple ("Maria Durch'ein Dorchwald Ging") to lush and elegant ("Il Est Né le Divin Enfant"), sometimes within a single song ("Joy to the World"). In several cases, notably a wonderful setting of "Joy to the World," the arrangers take advantage of the choirs' sublime treble voices by writing gorgeous, soaring descants over the primary melodies. Very highly recommended.
Possibly the Most Sublime Christmas Album I Know
The achingly beautiful arrangements and instrumentation provide the perfect accompaniment to this famous choir. Ostensibly a "Christmas" album, I often play this album at work throughout the year whenever my spirit needs a lift. My personal top picks: "Huron Carol", "Entre Le Boef Et L'ane Gris"and "Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging".
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