The holidays conjure images of crackling fires, luminous trees, family gatherings, and warm baked treats. This season, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel provides the accompaniment to this joyful time with his new release Carols and Christmas Songs
The highlight of the new album is a duet of "White Christmas" with the legendary Bing Crosby. The vocals were taken from the original recording as performed by Bing Crosby With The Ken Darby Singers & John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra. Terfel then focuses on his favorite traditional songs of the season including "O Holy Night," "In the Bleak Midwinter," and "Away in a Manger." Tenor Rolando Villazón joins Terfel in a performance of "El Nacimiento," while Welsh harpist Catrin Finch duets on "Silent Night" and "What Child is This."
"Music is always a constant background accompaniment, and such an integral part of the festive period," says Terfel. "How excited I was at the prospect of recording some of these wonderful songs, especially knowing that the Welsh repertoire would also find its way onto the list." As a bonus, Terfel recorded an extra disc of songs from his native Wales. He invited two Welsh singers and songwriters to contribute: Gwarw Edwards sings a duet with Bryn, and Caryl Parry Jones has new Christmas songs for Bryn. Also included as guests are the chorus Côrdydd and the Nidus Children's Choir. From the Label