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Ancient Noels

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Ancient carols, Renaissance rhythms and haunting medieval hymns bring to life images of desert landscapes, stone monasteries and the origins of Christmas. Maggie Sansone on hammered dulcimer with members of Ensemble Galilei: Marcia Diehl on recorder, bowed psaltery and pennywhistle; Jim Brooks on recorder and concertina; Sue Richards on Celtic harp; Carolyn Surrick on treble viola & bass viola da gamba; Bonnie Rideout on fiddle, Zan McLeod on cittern and guitar and Ben Harms on hand drums and tambourine.

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"A perfect blend of tempos,instruments and eclectic tunes that offer something different. Enchanting and delightful." -- The Bookreader

"An enticing blend... unorthodox instrumental combinations result in interesting textures and imaginative interpretations." -- ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION

"One of the year's best, a mystical majesty fuels both stately medieval processionals, and sprightly carols and hymns." -- The Washington Post

"The relative unfamiliar melodies make this perfect and playable any time of the year." -- Dirty Linen Folk & World Magazine

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Maggie's Music
  • ASIN: B000003JLM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Ken Roberts VINE VOICE on October 22, 2002
Format: Audio CD
One of the complaints heard over and over again at Christmas time is that "they start playing Christmas music in November, and you're sick of it by the time Christmas gets here!" There IS a point to that, I must agree. White Christmas, Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, Sleigh Ride, Silver Bells, and on and on. Over and over. No wonder you can tire of this music so fast. Then you pull out your own Christmas cd's and what do you find? Out of the maybe ten you may own, I'm sure virtually every one has 90% of the same songs AGAIN. Maybe a couple of religious songs - Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, The First Noel - are thrown in as well. But, they're the SAME SONGS once again! Every disc - every artist. Now, I love these songs as much as anyone. And, believe it or not, I love them more now than ever. That's because over the last ten years or so I've amassed a rather large collection of Old World/Victorian style Christmas music, many of which I reviewed for Amazon. Done in the traditional style, even the songs heard frequently sound refreshing.
Maggie Sansone, a wonderful hammered dulcimer musician, has put out a number of traditional Christmas cd's, one of which is called Ancient Noels. It doesn't matter that not one of the songs on this cd mentions Santa or Jingle Bells, they are still Christmas songs, the way they were heard hundreds of years ago. Unless you are a collector, I'm sure you may not recognize most, if any, of these carols, which makes listening to them even better. They're NOT the same old songs heard daily for two months straight. Take up Amazon's deal to let you give a listen to snippets of these songs. I think you'll be glad you did.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 21, 1998
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My husband and I love this CD. It's all medieval instruments (with no voices.) We bought it to play during the holidays, but since the songs are not typical "holiday" songs, we enjoy it all year long. Highly recommended!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Decoster on August 18, 2002
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Maggie Sansone covers some of the great old carols that are typically so hard to find. All medieval instrumentals, CDs like this are so necessary for an occasional withdrawal from all of the "Popular" Christmas music that we hear so often. In fact, one ends up getting hooked on this stuff, and looking for more and more of it to buy. Check out Sansone's _Sounds of the Season_ CDs, too.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
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ancient carols and renaissance rhythms bring to life images of ancient holidays and the origins of Christmas. Maggie Sansone & Ensemble Galilei with special guest Bonnie Rideout take us on a wonderful journey, a world of chamber folk at is highest caliber, with intricate arrangements and a perfect blend of folk and early music instruments.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Claude Greenmount on January 25, 2005
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Extremely well done-- a nice break from the usual Holiday music, but certainly something that can be played at any time of year. These performers combine their love of musical scholarship with engaging performances and come up winners!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 2003
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I was searching for beautiful yet ancient Christmas music. Having listened to several sample albums, I found this treasure. It is quite different: the music is truly presented. It is not just played, every part loudly to get its two-bits in. It is soooo beautiful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Landers on December 19, 2008
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What a delightful change from the wonderful but typical Christmas tunes we hear over and over again. This beautiful music takes one back, way back... imagine a banquet hall in a medieval castle, tapestries on the walls and damsels in the halls, a bowl of wassail and a pig roasting in the huge stone fireplace. Well, that's where the music takes my vivid imagination anyway! I love it, beautifully done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lou D'Holzer on December 9, 2012
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Christmas is a time of reflection, spiritually, and thinking about loved ones past, and present. Allow yourself the pleasure of being enthralled by these lovely melodies and to be transported into a magical world of your own making. Although all of these Christmas songs, and carols are from our ancient past they somehow sound familiar, warm, and engaging. These are beautiful musical compositions from England, France, Holland, and Spain most of which eventually came to America. Maggie Sansone, Ensemble Gallei, and guests are to be praised for their excellent performance of these ancient carols, and their mastery of period instruments. Enjoy the music that our ancestors listened to, and the instruments they played, the hammered dulcimer, Celtic harp, bass viola da gamba, penny whistle, recorder, guitar, tambourine, and recorder. This truly is a sweet holiday treat no matter what "Festival of Lights" you celebrate.
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