Be All Merry

Be All Merry

The Choral Scholars of University College Dublin – Irish Chamber Orchestra – Desmond Early

  1. In Dulci Jubilo – Matthew Culloton
  2. Be All Merry – Eoghan Desmond
  3. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen – arr. John Høybye
  4. Curoo Curoo – Elaine Agnew
  5. The Adoration of the Magi – Tim Stephens, orch. Desmond Earley
  6. Suantraí – Fiontán Ó Cearbhaill
  7. The Wexford Carol – arr. Desmond Earley
  8. O Magnum Mysterium – Andrej Makor
  9. Christe, Redemptor Omnium – Ivo Antognini
  10. Cró na Nollag – Adhamhnán Mac Domhnaill
  11. Carol of the Bells – Mykola Leontovych arr. D.Earley
  12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Hugh Martin arr. Desmond Earley
  13. We Toast the Days – Linda Kachelmeier
  14. Auld Lang Syne – arr. Desmond Earley

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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 ChamberOrchestra 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.

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