London Choral Sinfonia's first recording with Orchid Classics was released in November 2019 and debuted at #1 on the Amazon Classical Chart, and #5 on the UK Chart.
The album was received with high critical acclaim, and was selected by BBC Music Magazine, The Guardian and The Daily Mail as a top pick for Christmas albums. It was also Naxos Denmark's 'Record of the Month'.
'A substantial Christmas banquet from Michael Waldron and a rich-toned LCS, bringing together carols both traditional and modern. Warming.'
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'...try O Holy Night – lustily sung by the London Choral Sinfonia, directed by Michael Waldron (Orchid Classics): with less obvious choices but favourites too, several in the much loved David Willcocks arrangements.'
– From cantatas to carols: the best classical Christmas albums of 2019
'Everything's appealingly sincere and direct, Waldron and his rich-toned London Choral Sinfonia eschewing the gimmicky and the glib ... All handsomely sung: there's not a dud track on this album.'
– Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas CDs 1
'If it is carols that you want, then I cannot recommend this new disc enough ... all lustily sung by the young professionals of the London Choral Sinfonia, which means that the lovely descants are all thrillingly in place.'
– Christmas CD Round-Up
'This generous programme of mainly traditional hymns and carols is greatly distinguished by the choice of settings for traditional texts and selection of arrangements for familiar melodies. ... [It] explores not only the high musical value of many short, seasonal pieces but creates an atmosphere of mystery, awe and intense reflection.'
'For anyone looking for an ‘all-rounder’ Christmas album that combines festive crowd-pleasers alongside more adventurous off-piste choral works, O Holy Night would be absolutely ideal.'
– Simon Cummings, 5:4
'Those who want their carols straight would be better off with O Holy Night (Orchid Classics), with the London Choral Sinfonia under Michael Waldron.'
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