Carols and Christmas Songs

Carols and Christmas Songs

by Bryn Terfel



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

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2010
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947787686
catalogNumber: 001491472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bryn Terfel   Primary Artist,Brass Baritone
Bing Crosby   Vocals
John Scott Trotter   Conductor
Ken Darby Singers   Vocal Ensemble
Geraint Cynan   Background Vocals
Catrin Finch   Harp
Nigel Hopkins   Keyboards
Rolando Villazón   Tenor (Vocal)
Welsh National Opera Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ryan Aston   Drums
Only Men Aloud   Choir, Chorus
Caryl Parry Jones   Conductor,Background Vocals
Christian Jenkins   Choir Master
Stephen Rhys-Williams   Background Vocals
Timothy Rhys-Evans   Choir Master
John Scott Trotter Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Gwawr Edwards   Soprano (Vocal)
Cordydd   Choir, Chorus
Christian Phillips   Background Vocals
Iestyn Jones   Bass
Emma Walford   Background Vocals
Non Parry   Background Vocals
Nidus Children's Choir   Children's Chorus
Tecwyn Evans   Conductor
Sioned James   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Gustav Holst   Composer
John Rutter   Composer
Samuel Scheidt   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Ariel Ramírez   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
David Cullen   Arranger
Hugh Martin   Composer
Bryn Terfel   Liner Notes
Ralph Blane   Composer
Stephan Flock   Engineer
Félix Luna   Text
Frederick Oakeley   Text
Chris Hazell   Arranger,Adaptation
Stewart Spencer   Text Translation
John Francis Wade   Composer
Christina Rossetti   Text
Jester Hairston   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Text
Merle Kersten   Art Direction
Catrin Finch   Arranger
William Chatterton Dix   Text
Hywel Wigley   Engineering
Benjamin Ealovega   Cover Photo
Sid McLauchlan   Producer
John Freeman Young   Text
Caryl Parry Jones   Composer,Producer
Myfyr Isaac   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Christmas Traditional   Composer
William Williams   Text
Susannah Howe   Text Translation
Ryan Davies   Composer
Wil Ifan   Composer
Ute Fesquet   Executive Producer
Edward Arthur   Composer
William J. Kirkpatrick   Composer
Mack Wilberg   Arranger
Daniel John Davies   Text
John Ogwen   Text
Jacob David   Composer
Simon B. Jones   Text
Mary Jones   Text Translation

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