Chamber Choir Ireland: Carols from the old and new worlds Vol III

Carols from the Old & New Worlds Vol III
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Artist: Chamber Choir Ireland, Paul Hillier
Genre: Classical
Label: Harmonia Mundi

Paul Hillier has done Christmas collections with a number of the choirs he’s worked with, and his new disc with Chamber Choir Ireland joins a series that delves into repertoire from both sides of the Atlantic.

Arrangements abound, including ones in Irish by Eamonn Ó Gallchobhair and Fiontán Ó Cearbhaill, and 10 by Hillier himself – his way with the Austrian Hissa, Buama has a buoyant, Carl Orff-like directness.

The original works include a short, spare Carol by Gerald Barry, a delectable Sweet was the song the Virgin sung by US experimentalist Henry Cowell (whose grandfather was dean of Kildare Cathedral), and Merk auf, mein Herz, a joyful motet attributed to Johann Christoph Bach.

The 23 tracks are interspersed with the haunting austerity of the O Antiphons.