Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Seasons

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 Torm?'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...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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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  • Release Date: 10/4/1994
  • Label: Dorian Recordings
  • UPC: 053479019820
  • Catalog Number: 90198

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Baltimore Consort Primary Artist, Ensemble
Mary Anne Ballard Viola Da Gamba, Rebec, Viol, Bass Gamba
Ronn McFarlane Lute, Soprano Lute
Mark Cudek Guitar, Viola Da Gamba, Viol, Bandora, Cittern
Larry Lipkis Recorder, Viola Da Gamba, Viol, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bright and sparkling!

    A great way to celebrate the Christmas spirit any time of year with some truly ¿old¿ favorites, performed with spirit and heart by the Baltimore Consort. Period selections imbued here with the consort¿s singular sound and creative improvisations include ¿Ding Dong Merrily on High¿, ¿The Old Year Now Away is Fled¿, ¿The Cherry Tree Carol¿, ¿Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day¿, ¿Es ist ein Ros¿, ¿In Dulci Jubilo¿, and many more that may charm you for the first time. The Baltimore Consort is: Mary Anne Ballard, viols and rebec; Mark Cudek, cittern, guitar, viols and bandora; Custer LaRue, soprano soloist; Larry Lipkis, viol, recorder and gemshorn; Ronn FcFarlane, lutes; and Chris Norman, wooden flutes and pennywhistle; with Webb Wiggins on organ.

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