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Sing We Noel: Christmas Music from England & Early America

Mark Baker , Nancy Armstrong , Rufus Hallmark , Bruce Fithian , Various Artists , William Byrd , Joel Cohen , Boston Camerata Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Boston Camerata
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Composer: Various Artists, William Byrd
  • Audio CD (September 13, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra / Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005IVW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nowel, Owt Of Your Sleep
2. Ad Cantus Leticie
3. Angelus Ad Virginem
4. Synge We To This Merry Cumpane
5. Reading, And The Aungel Gabriel Was Sent Fro God; Gabriel From Evene King
6. Nova, Nova; Aue Fitt Ex Eva
7. Mervele Nought, Josep
8. Exultemus Et Letemus
9. The Midnight Cry
10. Sunny Bank
11. All Sons Of Adam
12. Greensleeves
13. Reading, Lesu Swete Sone Dere
14. Lullay, Thou Tiny Little Child/The Coventry Carol
15. While Shepherds Watched/Sherburne
16. Fullfillment
17. My Little Sweet Darling
18. Reading, Make We Mere As We May
19. Gloucestershire Wassail

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sing We Noel- add to your collection December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I have had this for years and it is by far the one that is played over and over. The voices and instrumentation are clear and beautifull without ever feeling sentimental. This authentically researched collection would probably suit the eclectic listener who appreciates classical and folk traditions.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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I bought the cassette version of this recording in the 1980's and was charmed by it immediately. The recording contains primarily obscure music from the 12th through 20th centuries. The researcher's acumen in recognizing gems among dusty manuscripts is matched by the rich, heartfelt performances presented here. Two unique touches enhance this already enchanting material. First, the recording includes readings about the Annunciation and the Baby Jesus in Middle English from Wycliffe's 14th Century translation of the New Testament. Second, there are two couplings of carols that segue into each other with such sublime grace that they sound as if they were intended by a master composer as part of a single work. Those are "Lullay, Thou Tiny Little Child" (20th Century American) with "The Coventry Carol" (16th Century English) and "While Shepherds Watched" with "Sherburne" (two 18th Century works). Since I acquired the recording in the late 1980's, no Christmas celebration for our family would be complete without it. I also strongly recommend the Waverly Consort's "Christmas Story," told through medieval music, re-released on CD this year, and their Renaissance Christmas recording.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! April 21, 2009
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Bought it as vinyl many years and have played it every Christmas ever since. Brings much pleasure every time we play it. Eventually we had to update to an electronic edition. The performances are vivid, joyful, vigorous, and lively.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas favorite... December 22, 2006
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Wonderful medieval music for Christmas. (Even my kids like some of the tracks!).

Highly recommended.
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