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Mistletoe and Wine: A Seasonal Collection

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nettwerk's offering for the 2003 holiday onslaught is from Great Britain's pagan/early music/sensualist ensemble the Mediæval Bæbes. Ex-Miranda Sex Garden leader Katharine Blake steers the group through 15 Latin, Welsh, Italian, French, and English -- as in Old English -- yuletide standards. All of the songs, except for "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Dulce Jubilo," are culled from previous releases. Besides the occasional flourish of flute, harp, drum, and lute, these lovely secular and non-secular songs are for the most part performed a cappella. Highlights include the lush "Coventry Carol" and a beautiful rendition of the Latin chant "Gaudete," made famous by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Nettwerk's offering for the 2003 holiday onslaught is from Great Britain's pagan/early music/sensualist ensemble the Mediæval Bæbes. Ex-Miranda Sex Garden leader Katharine Blake steers the group through 15 Latin, Welsh, Italian, French, and English -- as in Old English -- yuletide standards. All of the songs, except for "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Dulce Jubilo," are culled from previous releases. Besides the occasional flourish of flute, harp, drum, and lute, these lovely secular and non-secular songs are for the most part performed a cappella. Highlights include the lush "Coventry Carol" and a beautiful rendition of the Latin chant "Gaudete," made famous by English folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span in 1972. This is not just an anthology of joyous festival music -- the babes can get downright spooky, especially on tracks like "Undrentide" -- it's an often somber examination of pre-Santa Claus holiday piety. The gorgeous closer, "Blow Northern Wind," erases some of that gloom, brings the wheel back around, and sets things right with its dreamy Enya-like lucidity. The production is crisp and clear, and the tracks are paced flawlessly, making Mistletoe and Wine: A Seasonal Collection a cut above the usual Christmas pap.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003032926
  • Catalog Number: 30329

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mediæval Bæbes Primary Artist, Vocal Ensemble
David Lee Daniels String Quartet, Musician
Gini Ball Violin, Musician
Dorothy Carter Zither, Hurdy-Gurdy, Musician
Nick Marsh Acoustic Guitar, Musician
Gavyn Wright Violin, String Quartet, Musician
Bruce White Viola, String Quartet, Musician
David Daniels [cello] Cello
Trevor Sharpe Percussion, Musician
Andy Nice Cello, Musician
Teresa Casella Vocals
Carmen Schneider Vocals
Nichole Sleet Vocals
Rachel Van Asch Vocals
Ruth Galloway Acoustic Guitar, Recorder, Vocals, Zither, Bass Recorder, Alto Recorder, Musician
Vince Johnson Percussion, Musician
Audrey Evans Keyboards, Vocals, Musician
Marie Findley Vocals
Claire Ravel Vocals
Cylindra Sapphire Keyboards, Vocals, Musician
Nicole Frobusch Vocals
Karen Lupton Vocals
Sophie Evans Vocals
Emily Ovenden Vocals
Rachel Van Asch Vocals
Katherine Blake Violin, Glockenspiel, Harmonium, Recorder, Vocals, Descant, Hurdy-Gurdy, Soprano Recorder, Alto Recorder, Musician
Stephen Yates Cittern
Boguslav Kostecki Violin
Mike Servent Piano
Technical Credits
John Cale Producer
Bernart de Ventadorn Composer
Dawn Atkinson Producer
Nick Marsh Arranger
Nick Harris & The Soundbarriers String Arrangements
Alonza Bevan Contribution
Declan Colgan Producer, Engineer
Trevor Sharpe Percussion Arrangement
Toby Wood Producer, Engineer, Engineering
Mediæval Bæbes Arranger
Ruth Galloway Arranger, Bass Programming
Traditional Composer
Sean Genockey Engineer
Cylindra Sapphire Composer, Contributor
Magic Contribution
Tony Wood Producer, Engineer
Katherine Blake Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements, Percussion Arrangement
Nick Harris String Arrangements
Nóirín Ní Riain translation
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