Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

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Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas

Narada Records has a long history of brilliant world music compilations and Christmas samplers, and this enjoyable, joyous yet often poignant gathering of Celtic music's brightest stars adds another beautiful ornament to that evergreen tree. The key to any successful musical smorgasbord is variety, and this celebration of the holidays in Ireland offers that in abundance. Cathie Ryan's folksy "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" opens the disc whimsically, while Kathy Mattea's rich, soulful voice imparts the "Christ Child's Lullabye" with a convincing refrain of "Hallelujah!" and simple, hypnotic guitar accompaniment. Each tune features a different lead instrument or vocal: flute ("Christmastime in Ashland"), a soft, classical-flavored choir ("Nowel"), acoustic guitar and pennywhistle (the festive "The Mummer's Jig/Christmas Eve"), and yet more pennywhistle and small Irish-accented choir ("I Saw Three Ships"). It's not all happy clappy, however. The festive mood is beautifully balanced by sad reflections like Natalie MacMaster's "Get Me Through December," which may remind you that the holidays aren't a joyous affair for those who are suffering. Listeners who find themselves in a funk may just snap out of it after hearing this thoughtful gathering.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/22/2002
Label: Narada
UPC: 0724381323625
catalogNumber: 13236

Album Credits

Technical Credits

Dougie MacLean   Arranger,Adaptation
Kathy Mattea   Arranger,Adaptation
Cathal McConnell   Arranger
Mary Bergin   Arranger
Aly Bain   Arranger
Franz Gruber   Composer
Steve Cooney   Arranger
Kathleen Loughnane   Arranger
Bonnie Rideout   Arranger
Dearbhaill Standun   Arranger
Andy Watts   Arranger
Cathie Ryan   Arranger
Denis Woods   Arranger
Earle Hitchner   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
William Jackson & Scottish Orchestra of Music   Arranger
Aoife Ní Fhearraigh   Arranger
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Martina Goggin   Arranger
Collette O'Leary   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
Moya Brennan   Arranger

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Narada Presents: The Best of Celtic Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great variety and even the "non-tradtional" xmas songs still convey a wealth of holiday feeling. every single song is a masterpiece and i encountered artists on this cd i had not previously heard--and now listen to extensively. any fan of celtic music should buy this cd!