I’m a fan of Robert Shaw music, and have been ever since I first heard his Collegiate Chorale sing at Madison College (now James Madison University) back in the mid-1950s. Check out this CD if you enjoy this season of the year and associated music that is of high quality. Expect more Shaw recommendations over the next few weeks. Here is one positive review from Amazon.
“Growing up in the sixties, I remember Christmas as a time when the family came together and ate, laughed, enjoyed the spirituality of the holiday, exchanged gifts and listened to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s album “The Holly and the Ivy”. As an adult, I had perpetually been on a quest to locate a CD copy of said album, with no success. Over the course of the past few years, I wound up with a collection of *HORRIBLE* Christmas music (Christmas jazz, Christmas rock, etc.); all the while knowing in my heart that perfection was out there just waiting to be found. While at work late one night, I was browsing through the Amazon.com music section and came across Robert Shaw. After reading the other reviews here, I figured that $20.00 or so wasn’t too much to spend in my search of the “perfect” Christmas album.
There are not enough superlatives to describe this album. It is everything that I remember “The Holly and the Ivy” was and more! I would describe the music here as “serious” Christmas music, but that does The Songs of Angels a disservice. As another reviewer stated below, The Songs of Angels truly sounds like the “voice of God himself”. The voices are phenomenal. The arrangement is exquisite. The song selections are perfect. This is what I had been searching for.
If there were more than five stars available for an Amazon.com review, I would give them here. If you are looking for the perfect Christmas album, your search is over.”