Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Seasons

Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Seasons

by Baltimore Consort
     
 

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It's important to know the difference between 20th century Christmas pop and European Christmas folk carols. While favorites like "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Jingle Bells," and Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song" are examples of American Christmas pop, Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season focuses largely on traditionalSee more details below

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It's important to know the difference between 20th century Christmas pop and European Christmas folk carols. While favorites like "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Jingle Bells," and Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song" are examples of American Christmas pop, Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season focuses largely on traditional European Christmas carols. Most of the songs that the Baltimore Consort embraces on this CD date back to 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th century Europe, although a few are American folk pieces that originated in Appalachia in the 20th century. The European Yuletide carols or dance songs that the Consort (which has an engaging female soprano vocalist in Custer LaRue) chose for Bright Day Star range from Irish ("The Wren Song") and British ("Drive the Cold Winter Away," "Hey, For Christmas") to German ("Wir Singen Dir, Immanuel"). All of these songs are a product of Christian traditions, and yet, one needn't embrace the Christian faith to appreciate them. Just as one can enjoy Indian ragas without being a Hindu, listeners can appreciate this CD's richness whether or not they actually celebrate Christmas.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/1994
Label:
Dorian Recordings
UPC:
0053479019820
catalogNumber:
90198

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Tracks

  1. Ding Dong! Merrily on High (French)
  2. The Old Year Now Away Is Fled
  3. Christmas Day in Da Mornin'
  4. The Cherry Tree Carol
  5. Wir Singen Dir, Immanuel
  6. The Wren Song (Irish)
  7. A Wassail tune (Chestnut)
  8. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
  9. Een kindeken is ons geboren (l), carol for keyboard in G major
  10. The Bellman's Carol
  11. Jesus born in Bethn'y, Christmas jig
  12. Es ist ein Ros entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming), instrumental
  13. In Dulci Jubilo, for organ
  14. Rorate Coeli Desuper
  15. Drive the Cold Winter Away (from John Playford's English Dancing Master
  16. Remember, O thou man (from Melismata, 1611)
  17. Der Quempas (Quem pastores laudavere)
  18. Christmas Is My Name
  19. In Dir Ist Freude
  20. Hey for Christmas!

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Baltimore Consort   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Mary Anne Ballard   Viola Da Gamba,Rebec,Bass Gamba
Ronn McFarlane   Lute,Soprano Lute
Mark Cudek   Guitar,Viola Da Gamba,Bandora,Cittern
Larry Lipkis   Recorder,Viola Da Gamba,Gemshorn,Bass Gamba
Webb Wiggins   Organ
Custer LaRue   Soprano (Vocal)
Chris Norman   Flute,Fife,Alto Flute,Wood Flute,Penny Whistle

Technical Credits

Craig D. Dory   Engineer
Brian C. Peters   Engineer
Mary Anne Ballard   Liner Notes
David H. Walters   Engineer
Katherine A. Dory   Contributor
Douglas Brown   Producer,Engineer
Brian M. Levine   Executive Producer
Beilbello Da Pavia   Illustrations
William Dunbar   Text
Traditional   Composer
Chris Norman   Contributor
David H. Walters   Engineer

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