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“A joyful and beautifully sung album of seasonal specialties”
American Record Guide

Beloved Carols & Music for the Holidays

This set features two recordings — Sing Noel and Be Merry! and includes favorites like: In the Bleak Midwinter, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, A Christmas Garland, Joy to the World, Pat-a-Pan, Sleigh Ride, Greensleeves, Caroling, Caroling, My Dancing Day, and The Holly and the Ivy. These discs capture the wonder of Christmas — its joys, mysteries and sheer delight! Sing along and bring joy into your season's festivities!

Premiere and Only Works

Sing Noel
Track 1 Sing Noel arr. Ralph Hunter
Track 6 Carol of the Friendly Beasts arr. Jim Crissman
Track 9 Cantique de Noel arr. Bruce Saylor
Track 11 O Little Town of Bethlehem arr. Bruce Saylor
Track 17 A Christmas Garland arr. Bruce Saylor
Be Merry!
Track 1 What Cheer! arr. Seagull Seven
Track 6 Gaudete arr. Richard Lakey
Track 10 Immortal Babe David Campbell
Track 12 In a Humble Cattle Shed arr. Seagull Seven
Track 14 What Child is This? arr. Seagull Seven
Track 24 Deck the Hall! arr. Seagull Seven

Critical Acclaim

 

  • “One of the finest crafted, best blended, and innately musical ensembles with which I have had the pleasure to work.”
    Keith Lockhart, Conductor, Boston Pops
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  • “I adore well-executed choral music for the holidays, and the Gloriæ Dei Cantores certainly fills the bill. Sing Noel is an outstanding, no-nonsense, moving release of intensely lovely seasonal music. Every cut works here. I especially enjoyed the crisp a cappella treatment of Caroling, Caroling (perhaps the best version I have ever heard), the brassy exuberance of Ding Dong! Merrily on High, and the commanding, nuanced delivery of Masters in This Hall. Fans of choral music will thrill to the classic sounds of the Gloriæ Dei Cantores on Sing Noel. Bravo!”
    Carol Swanson, Christmasreviews.com
  • “. . . And so I listened - The First Noel came and went as did I Wonder as I Wander. . .lush, rich and - well, was it my imagination or did I see the ghost of Jimmy Stewart, eyes twinkling. . . ”
    “Actually there's a deal of imaginative orchestration here, plenty to interest. . . seventy minutes had passed as in the blinking of an eye.”
    “They sing the Sussex Carol with beautiful tone and an eloquent, touchingly uplifting descant.”
    Jonathan Woolf, Music Web International
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  • “The choral artistry for which Gloriæ Dei Cantores has become known can be heard in each selection. The ageless and profound wonder of Christmas comes alive with the singing of each word and the playing of each note.”
    Christianity and the Arts