The Wonder of Christmas

Some Musical Seasoning


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The Wonder of Christmas

Michael Bloss, Organ
Elora Festival Singers • Noel Edison

Elora Festival Singers (EFS), conducted by internationally acclaimed director Noel Edison, is one of the most exciting of contemporary choirs. Their disc of Eric Whitacre’s choral music (8.559677) was nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2010. Now they turn to the art of the Christmas carol, a genre covering a variety of styles, both popular and refined, each piece expressing religious sentiments and beliefs. The music ranges from much-loved settings to new works, from polyphony to more straightforward melodies, in a recital stretching from the Middle Ages to the music of today.


The Artist

About the Elora Festival Singers (EFS)

The Elora Festival Singers (EFS), a GRAMMY® and Juno-nominated chamber choir, was founded in 1980 by Noel Edison as the principal choral ensemble of the Elora Festival. Through regular concert series, recordings, broadcasts, and touring, the EFS has established a reputation as one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada and beyond. With nine releases on the Naxos label, the EFS is known for its rich, warm sound and clarity of texture. The choir is renowned for its diverse styles, its commitment to Canadian repertoire and for its collaborations with other Canadian artists.

Christmas Selections

“…The chamber choir sings with exceptional cohesion and true intonation, revelling in the outpouring of sacred emotions summoned by gifted compatriots.”

- Gramophone
“…all sung simply beautifully by Commotio… Although the disc is built around a central sequence of carols, On Christmas Night, it is the smaller gems such as The Advent Candle that will make all but the hardest of hearts swell with the Christmas spirit.”

- Gramophone
“Performances, whether from the singers or players, are admirably well crafted, with no appreciable weaknesses. Choral textures and sound are typically English: bright and clear, with cool, yet committed spiritual sincerity.”

- American Record Guide
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