Celebration – BBC Welsh Chorus

15 Dec

Celebration - BBC Welsh Chorus DS326f front

Release: DS326f

Source: UHJ CD

Process: UHJ/II

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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10 Responses to “Celebration – BBC Welsh Chorus”

  1. mactwit December 26, 2015 at 19:13 #

    Listening again this year, I quite agree that this is a Christmas gem. The BBC Welsh Chorus does a fine job, particularly with the traditional Christmas Carols. A couple of American numbers do sound “square” as indeed they often do when sung by European choirs, but that is more than made up for by the very genuine feel the singers have for the standards. There are enough less known songs to keep it interesting, and the arrangements are great. Although some may find the interspersed texts read by Aled Jones distracting, he does such a wonderful job of dialectal narration I think it significantly adds to the charm and holiday spirit of this recording.

    I find the album title slightly misleading, as the only fanfares I noticed were at the beginning and end. The brass is never allowed to otherwise dominate, and the organ is handled with similar discrimination. Yet another Christmas ambisonic, I actually was somewhat disappointed by the effect here. I would have liked the organ and the brass to stand out a bit more, particularly as there wasn’t much room “atmosphere” to my ears. It all blends together quite a bit, but no matter. It’s still one of the best Christmas albums I know.

  2. Owen Smith December 25, 2013 at 17:17 #

    I played this over christmas dinner at my parents, playing the DTS stream downgraded by the DVD-V player to stereo and then played over ceiling speakers in the dining room which were both to my right. I suspect I missed out completely on any ambisonics, but the music went down well with my aunt and parents. Thankyou OD for helping the dinner!

  3. gjwAudio December 17, 2013 at 05:56 #

    Merry Christmas Indeed !!

    Thank You – Thank You – THANK YOU OD for this wonderful prezzie !! What glorious Songs of the Season, and in bona fide Audiophile-quality Sound (in the best sense of the term).

    The performance is beautiful, comforting, uplifting – and even gives the bottom end of my subwoofer a chance to play along… Wow. Oh… did I mention the Ambisonic decode creates a continuous, enveloping space all ’round. Lovely, lovely recording.

    I only wish my dear old Mum could sit in the sweet spot to share the Joy (…missed it by two Seasons).

    Thanks again, and Merry Christmas to All !!

  4. joeerand December 15, 2013 at 20:45 #

    You always have such nice Christmas gifts. Thank you!

  5. Owen Smith December 15, 2013 at 14:38 #

    A couple of people have been downloading the Bach Christmas Oratorio which was one of last year’s christmas releases on the blog.

    • oxforddickie December 15, 2013 at 14:46 #

      Thanks for that. As it’s a bit of a biggie i’ll start seeding it as well

    • Owen Smith December 15, 2013 at 15:21 #

      They’ve either finished or stopped downloading for the moment, just in case you’re wondering why there’s no-one downloading.

      • oxforddickie December 15, 2013 at 15:56 #

        Ah, was wondering. Well it will be seeding for those who want to grab it while there are enough seeders.

  6. zaphod2359 December 15, 2013 at 13:53 #

    This looks awesome(and timely)!Just want to say again how grateful I am that you share your passion for these otherwise lost treasures with us!

    • oxforddickie December 15, 2013 at 14:02 #

      There is at least one more planned, which is aimed more at our American cousins

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