Seraphic Fire’s latest studio album, The Apple Tree: Christmas with Seraphic Fire, has debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Album chart for the week of December 23, 2023.
Seraphic Fire is the highest-ranking new entry on the chart for the week, beating out the Dover Quartet and Orchestre National de Lyon for the spot. Also on the topping the Traditional Classical Album chart this week are London Symphony Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin for the soundtrack of the new movie Maestro, Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the British choral group VOCES8.
This is the third time a Seraphic Fire recording has debuted on the Billboard classical charts, with 2012’s Grammy-nominated Ein Deutsches Requiem debuting at #7 and 2013’s Ave Maria placing at #9.
About The Apple Tree: Christmas with Seraphic Fire
The 17th recording from South Florida’s Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Seraphic Fire continues the professional vocal ensemble’s tradition of bringing peaceful, tuneful contemplation to listeners, near and far. From Praetorious’s double choir setting of In dulci jubilo and Gottfried Wolter’s spine-tingling Maria durch ein Dornwald ging, to the elegant treble-voice verse and luxurious ending canon of the title track Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, this new recording hopes to introduce new settings of old melodies that will become instant classics in your Christmas soundscape.
James K. Bass, the conductor of the album, says of the project, “One of the goals we were trying to achieve on the new Christmas recording was to capture the intimate atmosphere the audience experiences when they walk into the candlelit sanctuary surrounded by 13 a cappella voices singing such magnificent and meaningful music.”
Produced by Seraphic Fire Founder and Artistic Director Patrick Dupre Quigley, The Apple Tree: Christmas with Seraphic Fire is the ensemble’s fourth Christmas album, preceded by Candlelight Carols, Silent Night, and the Grammy-nominated A Seraphic Fire Christmas.