Christmas Day – Elem Eley
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Elem Eley — Christmas Day
Release date : Nov. 01, 2019
Label : Affetto Records
Tracklist:
  1. Hebrides Lullaby - Gwyneth Walker
  2. In the Bleak Midwinter - Gustav Holst/arr. Tom Shelton
  3. Gesù Bambino - Pietro Yon
  4. O Jesulein Zart - Tom Shelton
  5. The Birds - Benjamin Britten
  6. Caroling, Caroling - Alfred Burt
  7. The Christmas Tree - Peter Cornelius
  8. The Kings - Peter Cornelius
  9. O Holy Night - Adolphe Adam
  10. Christmastide - Tom Shelton
  11. Some Children See Him - Alfred Burt
  12. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Johnny Marks
  13. I Stand Here at the Cradle Side - Sigfrid Karg-Elert
  14. The Carol of the Birds - Eric Thiman
  15. The Birthday of a King - William H. Neidlinger
  16. The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy - arr. Hal Evans
  17. Sweet Little Jesus Boy - Robert MacGimsey
  18. I Always Cry at Christmas - Richard Page and Walter Afanasieff
  19. Christmas Day - Gustav Holst
  20. Silent Night - Franz Gruber/arr. Tom Shelton

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Baritone Elem Eley describes this very personal album in this way: Some of the most magical moments of my childhood were the eager tearing-away of the plastic wrap from the annual Christmas album, just purchased from the Firestone dealer in our little hometown! It was through these “Stereophonic LP” discs (devotedly and regularly brought home by my father) that I was introduced to much of the classic holiday repertoire, both sacred and secular. Burl Ives, Robert Goulet, Leontyne Price, The Brothers Four, Mahalia Jackson, Isaac Stern, the New York Philharmonic, Mitch Miller and his chorus – these artists, plus many others, each year brought us the magic of the holiday season – entertaining us in this most special musical style!

Christmas Day is not consciously modeled after the Great Songs of Christmas annual series, but the comparison is inescapable. We hope that this album may provide a measure of nostalgia, “Christmas magic,” and inspiring reflection on the true meaning of the season. My own voice is complemented here by a host of outstanding artists — adult and children’s choirs, orchestra, and brilliant instrumentalists. We offer you beloved carols, some composed or newlyarranged especially for this project. Join us on our journey to the cradle.