The Rose

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The Medieaval Baebes pay about as much attention to historical authenticity as do the makers of Xena: Warrior Princess. Anonymous 4 they're not, but still, they sing with relish, and in doing so make some very old songs sound fresh. They also sing their own compositions, and to their credit, it's sometimes difficult to tell which is which. The arrangements borrow from alt-pop and new age, though the tabor-like drumbeats evoke the mead hall. There is a pleasing variety here, too, from the mesmerizing "Slay Me Suddenly" sung a cappella to the exquisitely ornate "Laude Novella" to the lusty "Dringo Bell." If you've enjoyed the Baebes' three previous discs, you'll ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The Medieaval Baebes pay about as much attention to historical authenticity as do the makers of Xena: Warrior Princess. Anonymous 4 they're not, but still, they sing with relish, and in doing so make some very old songs sound fresh. They also sing their own compositions, and to their credit, it's sometimes difficult to tell which is which. The arrangements borrow from alt-pop and new age, though the tabor-like drumbeats evoke the mead hall. There is a pleasing variety here, too, from the mesmerizing "Slay Me Suddenly" sung a cappella to the exquisitely ornate "Laude Novella" to the lusty "Dringo Bell." If you've enjoyed the Baebes' three previous discs, you'll certainly like this one. If you've never experienced their music making, this is a good place to start.
All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
The Mediæval Bæbes' fourth album, The Rose, stays close to the band's magical stories of Old and Middle English, but with a romance that's sweetly aged and mysterious. Katharine Blake and her eight singing sisters are enchanting on this album, a fantastic cut above 1999's Worldes Blysse due to their pleasurable soundscapes of medieval Welsh and Russian languages. They still stay close to harmonies in German, Italian, Latin, and medieval French, but an expansive change allows The Rose to be more than just a piece of work surrounded by threads of worldbeat. The Mediæval Bæbes find themselves in a different world. It's dark and haunting in spots, and the howling blackness of "The Circle of the Lustful" and eerie earthiness of "Spiriti" are miserably beautiful. Other songs are more playful with their fiddle, pipe, and string arrangements, most notably the classic Irish sounds of "Lick the Maypole." "Snake" boasts radiant harmonies, while the Mediæval Bæbes' booming worldbeat percussion reflects the album's varying tones of love. It's dramatic, theatrical, fleshy, and inspired. The women of this band possess all of those traits, making The Rose their most delicately maddening album yet. The Mediæval Bæbes aren't wistful, but a melancholy desire is there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2002
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003025621
  • Catalog Number: 30256
  • Sales rank: 50,148

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Am Eve (3:40)
  2. 2 Glass Window (2:39)
  3. 3 Slay Me Suddenly (3:14)
  4. 4 The Snake (3:15)
  5. 5 The Circle of the Lustful (4:00)
  6. 6 Laude Novella (1:42)
  7. 7 There Is No Rose of Swych Vertu (2:42)
  8. 8 Lick the Maypole (1:28)
  9. 9 Razreesh (3:34)
  10. 10 Byrd One Brere (3:09)
  11. 11 Dringo Bell (3:35)
  12. 12 The Rose (1:04)
  13. 13 L' Amour de Moi (4:05)
  14. 14 The Woods and the Rivers Are Silent (2:07)
  15. 15 Spiriti (1:28)
  16. 16 The Sour Grove (3:01)
  17. 17 Blow Northern Wind (20:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mediæval Bæbes Primary Artist
Dorothy Carter Dulcimer, Autoharp, Recorder, Vocals, Zither, Hurdy-Gurdy
Nick Marsh Acoustic Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Gavyn Wright Violin
Katharine Blake Violin, Autoharp, Glockenspiel, Harmonium, Keyboards, Recorder, Vocals, Zither, Musical Direction
Boguslaw Kostecki Violin
Bruce White Viola
David Daniels [cello] Violin, Cello
Trevor Sharpe Percussion
Matt Fisher Choir, Chorus
Teresa Casella Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Carmen Schneider Vocals, Band
Rachel Van Asch Vocals
Ruth Galloway Acoustic Guitar, Autoharp, Recorder, Zither, Chant
Christian Hayes Electric Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Audrey Evans Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Marie Findley Band, Group Member
Claire Ravel Band, Group Member
Cylindra Sapphire Keyboards, Group Member
Pike Galloway Choir, Chorus
Mike Servant Piano, Harmonium, Keyboards
Hear No Evil Overdubs
Technical Credits
Daniel Johnston translation
Dorothy Carter Arranger
Katharine Blake Arranger, Director, String Arrangements
Nick Harris & The Soundbarriers String Arrangements
Trevor Sharpe Percussion Arrangement
Toby Wood Producer, Engineer
Martin Giles Mastering
Teresa Casella Arranger
Rachel Van Asch Arranger
Ruth Galloway Arranger
Audrey Evans Arranger
Cylindra Sapphire Contributor
Vania Zouravliov Drawing
Marika Gauci Assistant Photographer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Timeless beauty

    Mediaeval Baebes are a rare group that takes music and poems over looked and forgotten by time in to a new medium. Beautiful and catchy the Harmony is a trip back in time and around the world. From Tudor England, France, Russia and Spain. Mediaeval Baebes is a fresh take to those looking to branch from Enya or the pure mood cd's, these girls are worth a listen. And The Rose there greatest album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This group just keeps getting better!

    With each new release, Katherine Blake and her sisters-in-song add more depth, mystery and fun to their sound. In ¿The Rose¿, as in its predecessor ¿Undrentide¿, the Baebes have taken turns as composer, arranger and lead vocalist. The result is a wonderfully varied and creative recording. This time they branch off in some new directions, including Eastern European dissonant singing in ¿Razreesh¿, folksy-country balladeering in ¿The Woods and Rivers Are Silent¿, and the addition of guest male vocalists (the ¿Mediaeval Blokes¿) on the earthy ¿Dringo Bell¿. If you think you know this group¿s sound, think again, and don¿t miss this CD!

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    Posted June 19, 2009

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