Yuletide Fires


This quiet, peaceful, and serene award-winning Christmas album from Chor Leoni invites you to slip into surroundings of beauty, grace, and balanced quietness.

SKU: CCR0601 Categories: , , , Tag:

What do Gregorian chant, German lullabies, English luck-visit songs, Russian motets, and contemporary Canadian carols have in common? They are all part of Chor Leoni’s Christmas CD, Yuletide Fires. Instead of simply recycling the same old hackneyed carols, Diane has sought out some of the lesser-known gems of the Advent and Christmas repertoire, such as the serene Sarum chant Letabundus or the haunting Appalachian carol As Joseph Was A-Walking. However, lest you think that everything will be unfamiliar, we should add that there are some old favourites on the disc, but in new guises: Robert Sund’s stunningly beautiful arrangement of Silent Night for soprano and TTBB chorus is almost worth the price of the disc on its own!

Yuletide Fires was voted the Outstanding Choral Recording of 2004 by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and won a Western Canadian Music Award as the 2004 Outstanding Classical Recording. This disc would make an ideal holiday gift for a music lover – but be sure to treat yourself to a copy as well.

Track List

  1. Hodie Christus Natus Est – Gregorian chant
  2. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen – English carol, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  3. Huron Carol – Canadian carol, arr. Andy Hillhouse
  4. Letabundus – Sarum chant
  5. As Joseph Was A-Walking – Appalachian carol, arr. James Fankhauser
  6. Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen – traditional/Michael Praetorius
  7. Le sommeil de l’enfant Jésus – Cantique traditionnel, arr. Amy Stephen
  8. Veni, Veni Emanuel – Gregorian chant
  9. Yuletide Fires – Diane Loomer
  10. Novelle agréable! – Cantique traditionnel, arr. Ernest Gagnon
  11. The Lord at First – English carol, arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams
  12. Lux Aeterna – Gregorian chant
  13. Quelle est cette odeur agréable – Cantique traditionnel, arr. Robert Sund
  14. Veni Redemptor Gencium – Sarum chant
  15. Dostoyno Yest – Nikolai Golovanov
  16. Svete Tihiy – Aleksandr Nikolsky
  17. Alma Redemptoris Mater – Gregorian chant
  18. Stille Nacht – Franz Gruber, arr. Robert Sund
  19. Drei Könige – Peter Cornelius
  20. Rise Up Shepherd – American traditional, arr. Frank Almond
  21. Christmas Angel – Corlynn Hanney
  22. Still, still, still – Austrian carol, arr. Norman Luboff
  23. Hodie Christus Natus Est – Gregorian chant
Catalogue number

CCR0601, released 2004

Produced by

Jonathan Quick

Recording Engineer

Don Harder


2002/2003 at Ryerson United Church and St. Mark's Trinity Church in Vancouver, BC, Canada.