Monday, October 13, 2014
Music Review: Christmas in Harvard Square
My first holiday music review of the season :)
An enjoyable blend of familiar and unfamiliar Christmas hymns. Out of 19 tracks, I was familiar with about half of them.. A few were in Latin, most in English.
I have heard and reviewed several boy choir CD's, and one mistake I have found with a couple of them, and this one, is that they use a key that is too high, perhaps an effort to emphasize the boys' ability to reach high pitches. This is not necessary, because the best songs were those which most effectively used harmonizing. The best harmonizing is in Ding Dong Merrily on High.
Indeed, it is clear that most of the boys have crystal-like voices which captivate the listener.
To be honest, the audio quality could have been better....most of the songs sounded like the microphone was placed way too far from the choir.
By far, the two best tracks on the CD are Hark, the Herald Angels Sing and Angels We Have Heard on High. The Little Road to Bethlehem was also especially well-done and beautiful.
I recommend Christmas in Harvard Square...not only is it relaxing and enjoyable, it will help get you in the Christmas spirit :)