The Christmas Revels: Traditional & Ritual Carols

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There are Christians who refuse to celebrate the season because of its pagan origins, grounded in Solstice revels. These origins were made abundantly clear when John Langstaff first staged the Christmas Revels in New York City's Town Hall in 1957. The Revels, then, were a celebration of the rebirth of the New Year, but Langstaff added a twist. He would also enfold Christ -- the "Lord of the Dance" -- into his pageant, arguing that His death and rebirth fit perfectly into ancient pagan ritual. This 1978 version of The Christmas Revels offers but one version of the ever-evolving procession, featuring Langstaff as lead baritone on favorites like "The Boar's Head Carol" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There are Christians who refuse to celebrate the season because of its pagan origins, grounded in Solstice revels. These origins were made abundantly clear when John Langstaff first staged the Christmas Revels in New York City's Town Hall in 1957. The Revels, then, were a celebration of the rebirth of the New Year, but Langstaff added a twist. He would also enfold Christ -- the "Lord of the Dance" -- into his pageant, arguing that His death and rebirth fit perfectly into ancient pagan ritual. This 1978 version of The Christmas Revels offers but one version of the ever-evolving procession, featuring Langstaff as lead baritone on favorites like "The Boar's Head Carol" and "Lord of the Dance." A large cast, performing choral vocals, spoken parts, and instrumentals, brings an energetic dignity to a mixture of traditional songs, dances, ritual, and poetry. While the spoken portions of the Revels probably work better in a live theater experience, its important to remember that the program is meant as a community celebration. While some people will find this music a bit eccentric, the sort of thing one might hear on public radio on Christmas Eve; The Christmas Revels breaks away from yet another version of "Silent Night" and offers a refreshing way to celebrate the season. Pagans of all stripes will also be glad to have a holiday album to call their own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/1995
  • Label: Revels Records
  • UPC: 738871107824
  • Catalog Number: 1078
  • Sales rank: 309,007

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance - The Revels (1:52)
  2. 2 Room's Opening Lines - The Revels (0:40)
  3. 3 Wassail Carol - The Revels (2:08)
  4. 4 Father Christmas Verse - The Revels (0:32)
  5. 5 The Boar's Head Carol - The Revels (1:33)
  6. 6 Constant Billy - The Revels (1:27)
  7. 7 Here We Come A-Wassailing - The Revels (1:24)
  8. 8 Villagers All! - The Revels (0:30)
  9. 9 There Was a Pig - The Revels (1:38)
  10. 10 The Monks' March - The Revels (1:07)
  11. 11 Dargason - The Revels (0:56)
  12. 12 Fra Giovanni - The Revels (1:08)
  13. 13 The Holly and the Ivy - The Revels (2:52)
  14. 14 Fool's Verse - The Revels (0:14)
  15. 15 Lord of the Dance - The Revels (4:23)
  16. 16 Brass Fanfare - The Revels (1:11)
  17. 17 Masters in This Hall - The Revels (3:06)
  18. 18 Shakespeare Lines - The Revels (0:31)
  19. 19 Nova, Nova - The Revels (1:38)
  20. 20 Nativity - The Revels (0:25)
  21. 21 Alle Psallite Cum Luya - The Revels (1:20)
  22. 22 The Moon Shines Bright - The Revels (1:05)
  23. 23 St. George's Verse - The Revels (0:15)
  24. 24 Sword Dance Tunes - The Revels (1:29)
  25. 25 The Shortest Day - The Revels (1:30)
  26. 26 The Wren Song - The Revels (0:52)
  27. 27 Apple Tree Wassail - The Revels (1:55)
  28. 28 The Twelve Days of Christmas - The Revels (3:40)
  29. 29 The Fool's Farewell - The Revels (0:15)
  30. 30 Sussex Mummers' Carol - The Revels (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Revel Players Primary Artist
Ralph Vaughan Williams Accordion
Helen Cornelius Choir, Chorus
John Langstaff Baritone, Baritone (Vocal)
Robert J. Lurtsema Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
David Arnold Choir, Chorus
Hildur Colot Dulcian
Jermone Epstein Concertina, Concert Master
John Fleagle Tenor (Vocal), Calto
Janet Fuchs Sackbut
Jacqueline Schwab Choir, Chorus
Jenifer Smith Choir, Chorus
John Hildebrand Trombone
Kevin Henry Trombone
Lisle Kulbach Recorder
Frank Epstein Timpani
Susan Thomas Choir, Chorus
Brian Holmes Accordion, Horn
Marshall Barron Fiddle
Ann Baxter Choir, Chorus
Gene Faxon Choir, Chorus
Helene Gornelius Choir, Chorus
Mimi Gredy Choir, Chorus
Fred Holmgren Trumpet
Keith Ohmart Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Poston Accordion
Ken Pullig Trumpet
Cynthia Shauer Choir, Chorus
Peter Clarke Choir, Chorus
Lew Kimball Choir, Chorus
Ben Soule Choir, Chorus
Pegeen Valentine Choir, Chorus
Gerret Warner Choir, Chorus
Melissa Smith Choir, Chorus
Chip Hitchcock Choir, Chorus
The Revels Track Performer
David Lynch Choir, Chorus
Vera Clifford Choir, Chorus
Francis S. Duane Choir, Chorus
Kendra Ferguson Choir, Chorus
Charles Hammond Choir, Chorus
Robin Howard Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Technical Credits
John Langstaff Director
Peter Clark Contributor
Hildur Colot Contributor
Jermone Epstein Engineer
Jerry Epstein Engineer
John Fleagle Contributor
Mike Fraser Contributor
Janet Fuchs Contributor
David Gay Contributor
Susan Robbins Contributor
David Griesinger Digital Editing
Raine Miller Producer
Susan Cooper Liner Notes
Marshall Barron Arranger
Don Wade Engineer
John Burkhardt Contributor
Cynthia Shauer Contributor
Corinna Snyder Contributor
Pegeen Valentine Contributor
Gerret Warner Contributor
Jesse Saletan Contributor
Nina Saletan Contributor
Megan Thomas Contributor
Sarah Wickett Contributor
Naila Wissa Contributor
Katherine Valentine Contributor
Traditional Composer
Henry Chapin Contributor
Robbie Dawson Contributor
Darrin Leverett Contributor
Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble Contributor
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