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Posted October 1, 2010
This lively ensemble from Canada certainly knows how to party on a cold winter¿s night, and their spirited arrangements of seasonal songs will cheer your heart! One thing that sets the Toronto Consort¿s rich sound apart from many other early music ensembles is that they feature a full range of excellent vocalists--SATTB--along with lushly textured instrumentation. Tenor David Fallis directs the core group of six--himself, mezzo-soprano Lauren Pudwell, tenor and harpsichordist Paul Jenkins, bass John Pepper, guitarist and lutenist Terry McKenna, and recorder player Alison Melville. Guests on this album are David Greenberg on violin, Ben Grossman on hurdy-gurdy and percussion, and soprano and gamba-player Katherine Hill. For more music to revel by, try also the group¿s next releases, ¿The Way of the Pilgrim: Medieval Songs of Travel¿, and ¿Mariners and Milkmaids: Ballads and Dances from 17th-Century England¿, as well as ¿A la Via!: Street Music from the 13th to the 16th Centuries¿ by Ensemble Anonymous and Strada, and ¿Sinners and Saints: The Ultimate Medieval and Renaissance Music Collection¿ by Philip Pickett and the New London Consort.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.