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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0043A0PXU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,643 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Angels From The Realms Of Glory
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
3. See Amid The Winter's Snow
4. I'l est ne le Divin Enfant
5. First Noel
6. Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol)
7. The Holly and the Ivy
8. In The Bleak Midwinter
9. As Joseph Was A Walking
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
11. Silent Night
12. Universal Child

Product Description

2010 holiday release from the Eurythmics vocalist, A Christmas Cornucopia is a collection of new, inspired interpretations of 11 traditional festive songs, rounded out by a new Lennox composition, 'Universal Child'. The music on the album was mostly played by Lennox, in collaboration with co producer Mike Stevens, and recorded in his southwest London studio - at the bottom of his garden. But to achieve the resonance and vibrancy that were integral to Lennox's ideas for these re-energized reboots, the pair also worked with a 30-piece orchestra at Pinewood Studios. And they travelled further afield too: to South Africa, to record with the African Children's Choir, a remarkable organization with which impassioned campaigner and activist Lennox has long had a relationship.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Drew Mar on Dec 13 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album has truly captured the essence of what this time of year is all about and Annie has done it in style. The production, the vocals,the choirs and the choice of songs has gone far beyond what I was expecting and I am delighted with the result.

When I heard back in August that Annie was planning to record an album full of Christmas Carols I was admittedly very skeptical. After all there are so many artists out there who do this each year ...go and record an album of festive songs except they come away with an end product full of lacklustre results.

Like 'Medusa' from 1995 this albums sounds as is if Annie had written these tradtional songs herself. How she has the ability to make the hairs on your neck stand up just listening to these songs is sensational. 'Lullay, Lullay' is truly haunting and yet so beautiful. 'The First Noel' is majestic and yet timid starting off with just a piano and soprano backing vocals from Annie. This is then followed by the most beautiful encore of Annie and the choirs reciting 'Noel, Noel born is the King of Israel' until the song ends. Absolutely stunning.

'As Joseph Was A Walking' starts off in a rather unusual but yet cheeky manner which builds to the most majestic bridge forming another beautiful Cathedral like encore of Annie singing an almost operatic 'Hallelujah, Hallelujah' which just builds and builds with each line gaining more power and beauty, The ending of this song of Annie with the Choir is absolutely stunning. You just don't want this too end...sooooooo beautiful.

'Silent Night' is another gorgeous number filled with tenderness, beauty and seasonal passion. The song starts almost like a lullaby with Annie and the piano in the 1st verse rising to to a choir and full orchestra in the second verse.
Absolutely wonderful, Annie!

This album for me has been the most perfect Christmas album I have ever encountered and will treasure for many many years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 21 2010
Format: Audio CD
In a world full of Christmas albums that sound pretty much the same, Annie Lennox has given us a singular recording indeed, a nice mix of well-known and less familiar Christmas songs delivered with her unique vocal stylings and musical arrangements. It is difficult to explain the vocals on this album -powerful, focused, intense, and very well enunciated all come to mind. This is one of those occasions when I wish I had purchased the CD rather than download the album online. I understand that Lennox played a variety of instruments herself, but I have no way of knowing those details. Make no mistake about it, though - Annie Lennox puts her own personal stamp on even the most familiar of songs, making the old new again with bold new arrangements, yet somehow staying true to tradition at the same time. As a traditionalist myself, I usually have no use for anyone mucking around with the sounds of classic hymns and traditional Christmas carols, but I love what Lennox has done here. It's uncannily pleasing.

If you want to sing along to some Christmas favorites, this isn't your album. I wouldn't really recommend A Christmas Cornucopia for parties or small gatherings, either. This seems to me to be a Christmas album designed for quiet contemplation, with the hauntingly beautiful music almost demanding the listener's constant attention and concentration. Many will love it, some will hate it, but none dare call it conventional or unassuming. There is a mournful and reverent quality to every song. I personally find inspiration in even the darkest of tracks, such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol), but there is regal majesty in Angels From the Realms of Glory, quiet beauty in Silent Night, and wonder of various kinds to be experienced throughout the entire album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. G. Figueredo on Dec 16 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a collection of Christmas songs for those who are not really into Christmas, and not for those who like the Hallmark saccharine-loaded version of Christmas. The selection of carols is beautiful, and being arranged by Annie Lennox nobody can expect the worn out schmaltzy renditions we are used to. Instead, Ms. Lennox infuse the songs with a contemporary flavor, and sprinkle them with ethnic notes, provided by the African children choir. Her voice has changed a little, and now it sounds more crystalline than before. I love the medieval sound on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"...it's a powerful version, she uses the AutoTune as a especial effect to highlight the lines in which the angel sings (she hasn't forgot her Eurythmics days), which has not been understood by some music reviewers. The only track I do not really care for is "Universal Child"..a bit to sappy for me. As a whole, this is a beautiful collection of Christmas carols, performed and arranged by one the most talented female pop singers since the 80's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER on Dec 14 2010
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Over the course of her lengthy career, both as half of the legendary duo Eurythmics and as a solo act, Annie Lennox has established herself as a creative artist. Her voice is distinctive and instantly recognizable, her songwriting skills are outstanding, and she always brings originality and style into the production and arrangements of her music. Thus it should come as no surprise that "A Christmas Cornucopia", her very first seasonal album, is a cut above the rest.

This is a collection of traditional Christmas carols, some of them well-known ("Angels we have heard on high", "God rest ye merry gentlemen", "The first Noel", "Silent night"), and a few of them not as much ("As Joseph was a walking", "Lullay, Lullay"). Most of them are spiritually inclined and remind that Christmas is NOT, contrarily to popular belief, just a commercial event. The arrangements are traditional and centered on the piano and Annie's ever-expressing voice; however, flutes, tribal percussion, accordion and African choir are sprinkled here and there, keeping the album from sounding like yet another Christmas album. As a result, "God rest ye merry gentlemen", "As Joseph was a walking" and "Il est ne le divin enfant" (which Annie performs in fully fluent French) are clear highlights on an album that features no filler. As a matter of fact, you'd need a heart of stone not to be moved by the majestic choir featured in the conclusion of "As Joseph was a walking", certainly worth the price of the album itself. Other highlights include the beautifully spare "In the bleak midwinter", the joyful "The holly and the ivy" and Annie's own "Universal child", a very moving self-penned song that she initially performed earlier this year as part of the "Idol gives back" charity event.
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