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My family adore traditional Christmas carols but as a member of a church choir for many years, I can get fed-up with hearing the same thing over and over again. This album is really refreshing with some different but beautiful arrangements of familiar carols and some less familiar ones like the devilishly difficult Praetorius. I think it is now my favourite Christmas album.
What a pleasant and enjoyable rendering of well and no so well known Carols. All given a well balanced recording with beautiful sounds made by these very competent singers. A refreshing view of Christmas music, making you want for more. Highly recommended.
Voces 8 needs little introduction. They are a superb vocal group, and I have many of their albums. This Christmas album is new to me, and even though it's not the holidays, I had to listen through a couple of times! There's a great variety of Christmas music here, some of which are well-known tunes, and some of which will be new to most choral fans and fans of Christmas music.
There's 18 tracks here, and the album sounds great. The sound-staging and dynamics are excellent, and the choral pieces come through clear and strong. The programming of the tracks is logical and lovely, with tracks that will enchant anyone into Christmas seasonal music. While this is really Christmas-season specific, I suspect I'll be listening to it year round. It's enchanting, and strongly recommended to all. Another great album from Voces 8!