"Bright as a bell soprano voice from Claire de Sévigné"
- Neue Musikzeitung, Zürich
A Celtic Classical Christmas
Claire de Sévigné & Kevin Offord
An eclectic and quirky rendition of our favourite Christmas carols; mixing both classical and folk singing with traditional Celtic instrumentation.
1. Deck the Halls
2. Stille Nacht / Silent Night
3. Good King Wenceslas
4. Minuit Chrétien / Oh, Holy Night
5. Little Drummer Girl
6. Mary Did You Know?
7. Balulalow; Scottish Lullaby
8. Panis Angelicus
9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
10. Auld Lang Syne
Acoustic Guitar: Mike Kidd, Classical Guitar: Dave Barton, Bass & Percussion: Jeremy Daw, Fiddle: Brian Flynn, Mandolin, Banjo, Accordion and Whistle: Chris Murphy, Trumpet: Dan Somers, Tuba: Kenny Hammond, French Horn: Susan Reynolds, Trombone: Kevin Offord,
Snare Drummer: Emily Adams
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WINNER of the 2020 International Classical Music Awards for
"Best Choral Album" of the year
"Claire de Sévigné’s luminescent soprano was the soaring voice of the Virgin"
-Backtrack, Jenny Camilleri
"Her radiant and powerful tone is quite appropriate to the character."
- Forum Opéra
"Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher is one of the most inventive oratorios ever composed, constantly flitting between styles and colours. It follows the historic French heroine in the hours leading up to her execution. Indeed, the run-up to her death sentence is reconstructed as if in a crime novel. Paul Claudel's lively libretto contrasts Jeanne with an assorted lot of strange and wonderful characters. More than enough reason for Honegger to open up a colourful paintbox: the work features a succession of choral passages infused with spirituality, cubist-like blocks of sound and even bits of material reminiscent of the music hall. This is grist to conductor Stéphane Denève's mill, who is a leading authority on French music and a regular guest with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; together with two choirs and a variety of soloists and actors, he realized a compelling and moving
Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher."
Nominated for a Classical Album of the Year JUNO award
"Claire de Sévigné's singing in 'In turbato mare irato' is spectacular - effortlessly virtuosic throughout the wide range it demands and beautifully sweet-toned."
"Claire de Sévigné is a soprano of whom I hope to hear more of in future, with plenty of power to hit the top notes. She by no means neglects the dramatic import."
-Music Web- International, Classical Music Reviews
"de Sévigné handles the florid writing with ease, even more impressive in her da capo section. It’s a clear, pinpoint soprano sound, with vibrato used sparingly at the ends of phrases or to colour held notes. Her musicality is illustrated by her attention to texts and her shapely phrasing... She excels in this upper range with pitch accuracy, security and expression.”
-Opera Canada Magazine, Rick Phillips