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Carol: A Christmas Journey

Zola Van Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Coventry Carol: the Holy Innocents 4:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. The Boar's Head Carol 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Joyeaux Noel 6:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Bring a Torch Jeanette, Isabella 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. The Dutch Carol 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Ding, Dong Merrily on High 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Poverty 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Silent Night 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Zola Van
  • Audio CD (September 3, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Really Big Shoes
  • ASIN: B0000C9ZA8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,688 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


#1 Recording for December 2003, Top 100 New Age/Ambient/World Radio/Internet Airwaves Chart --, December 2003

Nominated Best Holiday Album, The 2004 NAR Lifestyle Music Awards --, December 2004

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Big Shoes October 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
What I liked most was the powerful, suspenseful style of play, swirling with emotion, her embellishing style radiating a natural grandeur. I also liked the way her arrangements seemed to get to the heart of these Christmas melodies without being too precious. Her realization seemed to be much more about integrating Christmas into her musical vision than about trying to be a part of the sweet, tinkling chorus we'll be hearing soon enough. And it should be noted that she applied her style to a relatively unusual selection of carols, so there were significant segments where I could enjoy Christmas music without it being something I've heard over and over.
I found her treatments to be both relaxing and moving. And mind you, this--with the stereo on the fritz and my boombox at Lost Pines with my wife on a training mission--was first heard on the tinkly little computer speakers. I soon had to graduate it to the DVD player in the den to get the full surround, but its power is evident whatever the volume or acoustics.
I like this one a lot.
--Richard Banks,
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical Christmas Journey October 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
"I am a simple traveler. I am transported adrift a gentle, melodic seduction across hundreds of years to this place. Here in a shroud of feudal protection is common man, with reasoning and conduct conforming to his day, desperately seeking beauty, purity, and gentleness in an otherwise brutal world. Beyond dark stone walls of medieval thought, the allure of the beautiful virgin and the child-king's humble birth is the cherished focus of desire and intrigue." ~Zola Van

I first heard Zola Van's radiant music on a CD titled "The HeartAid Project." Her music captures hope, wonder, kindness and beauty. The fluidity of the fragile notes are balanced by the strength and depth of the message. Crisp, delicate and heart-felt notes mingle with images of Christmas memories and dreams.

There are lesser-known carols you might be hearing for the first time and a few beloved favorites that have survived in the hearts and minds of people across the centuries.

1. A Virgin Most Pure - Poignant and delicate rendition of an Old English carol.

2. Coventry Carol: the Holy Innocents - A 16th Century English carol with familiar strains and has grief and love intertwined.

3. Children's Song of the Nativity - A piece filled with questions and expectation. "How far is it to Bethlehem? Not very far. Shall we find the stable room lit by a star?" Zola plays this piece with precision and deep understanding. It is pure and beautiful.

4. Carol of the Birds is from Bas-Quercy, France. The peasants of the time told legends of enchanted animals who could speak on Christmas Eve. I can see birds swooping and soaring and following the "noel star."

5. The Wexford Carol is an Irish Carol known as the "Enniscorthy Carol."

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A smooth ride to the holidays with this recording! October 13, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have had the pleasure and priviledge of listening and reviewing Zola Van's 2 previuos releases. I am proud to say the the third release is just a entertaining as the other 2. Zola Van's talent seems with out limits in this release.
There are 13 tracks, totaling over 50 minutes of some of the best piano music out there today. The complete collection of Christamas music has you listening to all time favorites like Silent Night, which is my personal faovrite on this album.
You have some lesser known releases such as Carol of the Birds and the Wexford Carol. Even though the music is lsated for the holiday season, and it would make a perfect holiday gift, this cd could and should be listened to almost any timeof the year.
Having been given the rare oppurtunity to hear music that not only calms the situation but also relaxes you at the same is one of life simple pleasures. This recording is gentle in sound but large in volume as the music will resonante for more that just the Winter season.
Zola Van has given the listener a true gift of the holiday spirit - excellent job!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carols of Christmas Past December 23, 2003
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If you're tired of Christmas songs after hearing so many of the same ones over and over and are ready for something new here is the solution.
Zola Van's beautiful melodies give the Christmas spirit a new dimension. Carols from past centuries, seemingly lost in time, are brought to the present and surely must sound more beautiful than ever before.
These selectins are calming and soothing to the nerves. Highlights here are "Huron Carol", "The Boar's Head Carol" and "The Dutch Carol". But every song is played with remarkable excellence. For those longing to hear something more familiar, the timeless carol "Silent Night" completes this magnificent set of piano solos.
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