Still – Elektra brings you a peaceful and reflective program of some of Elektra’s Signature Christmas repertoire from Canada, the United States, England, France, Austria, and Switzerland. From traditional melodies such as Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence and Still, Still, Still to the richness of Ola Gjeilo’s Northern Lights and Abbie Betini’s Prayer for Peace,  this recording features Elektra alone and together with superb guest artists. We are grateful for the artistry of Lorna McGhee (tracks 2 and 9), David Owen (track 4), the Borealis String Quartet (tracks 6,10, and 14) and of course our own Stephen Smith on organ and piano (tracks 2,4,6,9, and 11).

Here you will meet old friends and centuries-old words crafted into new compositions alongside wholly original new Christmas works. All of this music was shared with our live audiences over several years in the Chez Nous: Christmas with Elektra performances at Ryerson United Church  in Vancouver. We hope Still will become a treasured part of your Christmas season with its blend of old and new and the distinctive sound of  Elektra.

Booklet: Still

1. Deck the Hall
2. Tyrley, Tyrlow
3. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
4. Be Still and Consider
5. Misterium Mirabile
6. O Magnum Mysterium
7. Northern Lights
8. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
9. Still, Still, Still,
10. If You Would Hear the Angels Sing
11. Noël Nouvelet
12. Hail, Christmas Day!
13. Thou Shalt Know Him
14. Prayer for Peace
arr John Rutter
Mark Sirett *
arr Claybrook
Larry Nickel *
Nicola LeFanu
Ivo Antognini
Ola Gjeilo
Jeff Enns *
arr. Ken Berg
Stephen Smith *
Erica Phare *
Abbie Betinis
Mark Sirett *
Abbie Betinis

* Canadian tracks Canadian Composition