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Posted on Oct 4, 2014 |

Review: Christmas in Harvard Square

Review: Christmas in Harvard Square

Recorded at the same time an "Educational Black Mass" was scheduled to be held at Harvard (it was canceled), this album of 19 songs by boys at the renowned at St. Paul's Choir School will fit any music collection.

Recorded at the same time an “Educational Black Mass” was scheduled to be held at Harvard (it was canceled), this album of 19 songs by boys at the renowned at St. Paul’s Choir School will fit any music collection.

by Gail Deibler Finke

If you’re like Lucy, looking for “Deck them halls and all that stuff… Santa Claus and ho-ho-ho, and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls” — then this album by the Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School is not the Christmas album for you.

This is the Christmas album for Schoeder.

This is the recorded-in-the-church, like-you’re-sitting-in-the-next-room album.

It’s the ethereal, “otherworldly,” Really Good Choir album.

It’s the album to have on while you’re frenetically decorating the house — to calm you down.

It’s the album to have on while you’re sitting by the firelight — because you’re already calm.

It’s not a sing-along album (unless you’re in a Really Good Choir; then it is THE sing-along album).

It’s a fine mix of 19 carols and hymns from different eras and countries. Both formal and accessible, it shows exactly why the renowned boys’ choir school is, well, renowned.

Well worth adding to any music library, it will never grow old — because it’s already timeless.

Gail Deibler Finke is Senior Editor of The Catholic Beat.

Christmas in Harvard Square, by The Boys of St. Paul’s Choir School, AimHigher Recordings, will be available Oct. 7 from Amazon.com and retailers, and can be ordered now. $11.49 digital; $16.98 CD.

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