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  • Audio CD (April 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Minstrel Hall Music
  • Run Time: 42 minutes
  • ASIN: B000ILZ05G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Come All Ye Faithful
2. I Saw Three Ships
3. Winter (Basse Dance)
4. Ding Dong Merrily On High
5. Ma-O-Tzur
6. Good King Wenceslas
7. Lord Of the Dance / Simple Gifts
8. We Three Kings
9. Wish You Were Here
10. Emmanuel
11. Christmas Eve
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Editorial Reviews

BLACKMORE`S NIGHT WINTER CAROLS

Customer Reviews

Just the thing...and it will be a great addition to anyone's Celtic Christmas CD collection.
Leslie K. Murphy
Blackmore's Night does a wonderful rendition of traditional Christmas carols and a couple of well-known church songs too.
Michael S. Olijnyk
I've heard plenty of Christmas albums and this, while not my favorite, is certainly among the best.
Peter Durward Harris

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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By John Rossi on November 8, 2006
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1- Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Oh Come All Ye Faithful- I love the drums and horns that start this off and reappear on occasion throughout the piece. It gives a majestic regal feel to the piece. The soft guitar work and strings weave wonderfully into Candice Night's warm and blissful voice. Ritchie puts a nice bit of electric guitar into this "medley" that mixes with quick drums for a rollicking feel in the second piece. The backing chorals are beautiful. I find it puzzling that Christ is not mentioned by name in either tune , (Christ is born in Bethelem is replaced with Peace has come to Bethlehem in"Hark" and in "Faithful" "Christ the Lord" is instead "He is the Lord" ). Still the instrumentation and splendid singing make for an arresting piece.

2. I Saw Three Ships - I was quickly drawn in by the festive of this piece provided by the old-time period style percussion and instrumentation. As always, Candice's Night's voice invites the listener to bask in the joy of the piece and the season. The hand-claps are a nice occasional percussive touch, and I love the flute in here too. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar put a smile on my face.

3- Winter (Basse Dance) - Here we are invited to stand amidst the first gentle snowfall of the season and rejoice in the beauty of God's creation, and the company of good friends in an era long past. Ritchie Blackmore's guitar melodies mate exquisitely with soft percussion and yearning strings to take us on a beautiful and nostalgic journey into that era. This is among the loveliest cuts on this CD, and is among my favorites on the disc.

4. Ding Dong Merrily On High- I admit, I found the title humorous, but this is my first exposure to this song, and I am glad I've had it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Purplemaniac on November 18, 2006
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This album has it all - dazzling guitar playing, lush orchestrations and beautiful singing, all performed in a style truly reverent to to the olde tyme feeling that these traditional songs deserve. I am not a huge fan of most present day Christmas albums precisely for this reason - too often the traditional feeling is lost by adding cheesy synthesizers, programmed drum machines and other such modern-day hokum. Blackmore's Night has wisely avoided this trap and has resultingly created a splendid album that will mentally transport the listener to a starlit, snow-covered countryside on a cold Winter's eve. I also like the fact that Blackmore has chosen several Christmas songs that are not widely known, such as "Ma-O-Tzur", "I Saw Three Ships", "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Lord of the Dance/Simple Gifts", so that we are not being barraged by the same songs being performed by all the other artists who are performing Christmas songs out there. While every Blackmore's Night CD is of uniformly high quality, there are always 2 or 3 songs on each album which jump out as instant classics. Winter Carols is no exception. "I Saw Three Ships" and "Lord of the Dance/Simple Gifts" not only rank right up there with the best Blackmore's Night songs, but are rapidly becoming two of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. That is how excellent they are. Both have such infectious, catchy melodies that they will swim around in your head for hours. I can just see minstrels dancing around the medieval courtyard every time I listen to them. "Emmanuel" is another standout, highlighted by Blackmore's fluid guitar playing and, during the last half of the song, droning cellos which will leave you begging for more.Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Solis on January 28, 2007
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Thanks to Amazon.com, I was able to find the new holiday album, WINTER CAROLS, by one of my favourite artists and one of my favourite bands...Blackmore's Night.

I looked everywhere for it, from my local record store to places like Barnes & Noble and Borders...both usually having Blackmore's Night albums in stock.

I have all of their CD's, and WINTER CAROLS is just another quality album among their masterworks. I was so pleased with their last original album, VILLAGE LANTERNE, that I knew this was going to be a sure thing.

All of the songs are beautiful, with that Renaissance sound that Mr. Blackmore has perfected. With such classics as "Hark The Herald Angels Sing," "Good King Wenceslas," and "We Three Kings," it makes the holidays much brighter and jollier. My favourite track is the majestic "Emmanuel." And of course, there are a few originals, most notably the wonderful "Christmas Eve."

If you have the Blackmore's Night collection, you HAVE to have this one...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ariel on December 11, 2006
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What can I say, Winter Carols is a marvellous Christmas album. I own it for 2 weeks now and enjoy it more and more. Needless to say that the music is just beautiful ...as everything Ritchie Blackmore puts his finger in. Put the record on and feel the magnificent atmosphere of a Christmas Eve. Imagine yourself cosily sitting by a crackling fireplace, a Christmas tree is also near; you're watching through the window how snow is falling, at the dancing snowflakes in the air... You feel like an innocent child again. And time is magically standing still...

And now I'll try to describe Winter Carols track-by-track. Let me first make a note that I don't know any traditional song from the album except We Wish You A Merry Christmas so to me a comparison with originals is senseless and I take all the traditionals just as they are on Winter Carols.

-Hark The Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful

The cd starts a bit pompous in my opinion but that's ok because it's supposed to be a hymn. The acoustic parts are very inviting. Yes Ritchie plays on his strat here and even with a solo, amazing as always. The speeded up second part of the track is great, too.

-I Saw Three Ships

Nice joyous song, immediately puts a jolly smile on my face. The smart guitar touch in the end makes the smile really wide.

-Winter (Basse Dance)

The only instrumental here, originally written for the album. Ritchie's music fits the title perfectly. How to describe it? As for any instrumental played by Blackmore there is one way: take a listen to this brilliant piece of music and create your own pictures in your mind.

-Ding Dong Merrily On High

The whole song is so attractive, its best moments are "Gloria" lines, they are sung gorgeous.
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