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The Holly & The Ivy

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  1. The Christ Child's Lullaby 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The Holly and the Ivy 3:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. The Huron Carol 5:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Coventry Carol 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. In the Bleak Midwinter 5:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 6:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Torch! 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Silent Night 5:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Auld Lang Syne 5:41$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 10, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Taylor Park
  • ASIN: B001OFLX8S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Hikari on December 24, 2009
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I have been a Celtic music buff for nearly 20 years and own albums by most of the Celtic artists performing today. Many female Celtic artists are ethereal and lovely, but Connie Dover's voice soars above them all. Her soprano is clear and true, but behind its pure tone is a hint of the muscular Midwest where she makes her home. Hers is no airy-fairy voice; she needs no such self-conscious vocal adornments, possessing as she does, the most naturally pure and most listenable soprano I know.

With a perfect voice and the looks to match, it's a puzzlement why Connie chooses to make so few albums, or not tour far outside of her Kansas City hometown. She could easily have a global following like Loreena McKennitt or Enya, but she seems very content to remain a homegrown Midwestern product. I call that a waste of a national treasure, a performer who successfully melds Celtic tradition with the most American of songs. This latest offering, recorded in 2008 with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra represents her first recording in 8 years, since 2000's "Border of Heaven." The most burning question begging to be asked is why Connie waited so long to record a Christmas album; these ancient carols, many with Celtic roots, are a perfect match to her voice. If you are looking for a "pure" Christmas CD, untainted by New Age-y 'experimental' winter numbers or by any secular songs, this is a perfect choice. Connie has actually done the impossible here and introduced me to a new carol ("The Huron Carol")--and here I thought I knew them all. My only beef with this album, and the reason I give it four stars rather than five is its brevity: its 9 songs are a scant 43 minutes long. More please, Connie!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lion Rampant Azure on December 12, 2009
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Connie Dover has been a consistently brilliant performer of Celtic, folk and western music since I was a teenager. This holiday album with the KC Chamber Orchestra is a real treat and a great gift. I'm thankful that it's available on MP3 from Amazon, since it would otherwise only have local exposure in the plains states. The Holly and the Ivy is my favorite track, but it's always in my top five Christmas songs. Please support these great musicians, then sit back and enjoy the clear beauty of Connie's voice backed up by the rich sound of the KC Chamber Orchestra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on December 22, 2009
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I was glad to find this album in time for Christmas. She performs all the songs in her special style and "the Holly and the Ivy" is especially suitable listening as you sit beside the Christmas tree when it's snowing outside. A nice addition to any Christmas music collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ola B. Humphries on September 4, 2012
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I had no previous acquaintance with Connie Dover, so thanks to Amazon's song samples that allowed me to discover this beautiful album. Ms. Dover's voice is absolutely perfect for these songs and the entire production is very well done. I was especially surprised by the quality of the album notes, which include histories of all songs.
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I just recently received this as a gift - and once again Connie Dover has delivered an outstanding performance that showcases the flawless quality of her angelic, heavenly voice.

The choice of using words like angelic and heavenly is especially appropriate given the fact all but one of these songs are Christmas hymns (technically, Auld Lang Syne, isn't a Christmas hymn but that doesn't detract from the rating at all). Accompanies by a chamber orchestra, there is not so much a Celtic tone on this collection (unlike her other CDs, which are Celtic-centric in their song selection and arranging), but much more a classical feel that lifts each hymn to its intended status as an expression of religious belief (if you are looking for generic, non-religious, secular Christmas songs you won't find them here).

Great job once again by Connie, and I hope her next CD is soon to come.
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