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Be All Merry


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The Choral Scholars is an internationally acclaimed chamber choir of gifted student singers led by founding Artistic Director, Dr. Desmond Earley, based at University College Dublin College of Arts & Humanities. Scholars come from various academic disciplines and commit to an intensive programme of choral study. Be all Merry is one of three new pieces especially composed for the Choral Scholars. This lively carol for choir, orchestra and violin by Irish composer Eoghan Desmond evokes the joyful play of Christmas in the lines ‘Be all merry in this house/Exultet celum laudibus!’. The recording contains a remarkable setting of the Advent plainsong hymn Christe Redemptor Omnium for tenor solo, chorus, violin and violoncello by Ivo Antognini, crafted for Choral Scholars with the kind support of the Swiss Embassy in Dublin. The Adoration of the Magi by American composer Timothy Stephens is a breathtaking setting of W. B. Yeats’ poetry. A beautiful Irish-language lullaby – Cró na Nollag – set by father and son, Adhamhnán and Uinseann Mac Domhnaill, and the much-loved Scottish tune simply titled Suantraí, are also included. The Irish Chamber Orchestra are also featured on a number of tracks including The Wexford Carol and Carol of the Bells. The choir closes the album with the song most associated with friendship, hope and the promise of a new year, Auld Lang Syne. The post-production phase of this recording project took place as the world grappled with the outbreak of COVID-19. American composer Linda Kachelmeier’s piece – We Toast the Days – serves as a reminder of the strength, love and hope that resonates throughout the world not simply at Christmastide but also during periods of hardship.
Facts
Item number SIGCD643
Barcode 635212064320
Release date 8/21/2020
Category Choral
Label SIGNUM CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Choir Choral Scholars of University College Dublin
Conductor Earley, Desmond
Orchestra Irish Chamber Orchestra
Disc: 1
In Dulci Jubilo (arr. M. Culloton for mixed choir)00:03:00
1 In Dulci Jubilo (arr. M. Culloton for mixed choir) 00:03:34 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond
Be All Merry00:03:20
2 Be All Merry 00:03:20 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Hunka, Katherine
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. J. Høybye for m00:01:54
3 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen (arr. J. Høybye for m 00:01:54 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond
Curoo Curoo00:03:00
4 Curoo Curoo 00:03:15 Irish Chamber Orchestra Earley, Desmond Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, fema
The Adoration of the Magi (arr. D. Earley for mixe00:05:53
5 The Adoration of the Magi (arr. D. Earley for mixe 00:05:53 Russcher, Tristan Irish Chamber Orchestra Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Hunka, Katherine
Suantraí (arr. F. Ó Cearbhaill for mixed choir)00:03:57
6 Suantraí (arr. F. Ó Cearbhaill for mixed choir) 00:02:34 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond McCullough, Niamh
The Wexford Carol (arr. D. Earley for mixed choir 00:04:52
7 The Wexford Carol (arr. D. Earley for mixed choir 00:04:52 Nic Athlaoich, Aoife Irish Chamber Orchestra Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Waters, Mark
O Magnum Mysterium00:04:00
8 O Magnum Mysterium 00:04:33 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Coleman, Eleanor O'Neill, Max
Christe, Redemptor Omnium00:05:24
9 Christe, Redemptor Omnium 00:05:24 Nic Athlaoich, Aoife Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Wildes, Declan Hunka, Katherine
Cró na Nollag00:02:37
10 Cró na Nollag 00:02:37 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Doyle, Emily O'Neill, Kiri
Carol of the Bells (arr. D. Earley for mixed choir00:02:09
11 Carol of the Bells (arr. D. Earley for mixed choir 00:02:09 Irish Chamber Orchestra Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. D. Ea00:02:57
12 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (arr. D. Ea 00:02:57 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond Morgan, Simon
We Toast the Days00:02:53
13 We Toast the Days 00:02:53 Earley, Desmond O'Donovan, Ciarán Choral Scholars of University College Dublin, male O'Neill, Ivan
Auld Lang Syne (arr. D. Earley for mixed choir)00:03:52
14 Auld Lang Syne (arr. D. Earley for mixed choir) 00:03:52 Choral Scholars of University College Dublin Earley, Desmond O'Neill, Kiri
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