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  • Performer: Baltimore Consort
  • Composer: Hermann; Sandys; Bull
  • Audio CD (March 1 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dor
  • Run Time: 68.00 minutes
  • ASIN: B000001QAB
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,921 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Ding Dong Merrily (Branle L'officiel)
2. The Old Year Now Away Is Fled (Greensleeves)
3. Christmas Day In da Mornin'
4. The Cherry Tree Carol
5. Wir Singen Dir, Immanuel
6. The Wren Song
7. A Wassail Tune (Chestnut)
8. Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
9. Carol 'Een Kindeken Is Ons Geboren'
10. The Bellman's Carol
11. A Christmas Jig (Jesus Born In Bethn'y)
12. Es Ist Ein' Ros' Entsprugen
13. In Dulci Jubilo
14. Rorate Coeli Desuper
15. Drive the Cold Winter Away
16. Remember, O Thou Man
17. Quem Pastores Laudavere
18. Christmas Is My Name
19. In Dir Ist Freude
20. Hey For Christmas! (Dargason)

Product Description

Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season

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A perfect way to celebrate the Christmas spirit any time of year with some truly "old" favorites, performed with spirit and heart by the Baltimore Consort. Period selections imbued here with the consort's singular sound and creative improvisations include "Ding Dong Merrily on High", "The Old Year Now Away is Fled", "The Cherry Tree Carol", "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day", "Es ist ein Ros", "In Dulci Jubilo", and many more that may charm you for the first time. The Baltimore Consort is: Mary Anne Ballard, viols and rebec; Mark Cudek, cittern, guitar, viols and bandora; Custer LaRue, soprano soloist; Larry Lipkis, viol, recorder and gemshorn; Ronn McFarlane, lutes; and Chris Norman, wooden flutes and pennywhistle; with Webb Wiggins on organ.
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This is my only Baltimore Consort recording I own so far and it is extraordinary both artistically and technically. The artwork on my Dorian CD is different, showing an angel and the three shepherds but this issue is the same thing as pictured here. By all means, get one! This is a must have, I'm serious.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa093d57c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0b10600) out of 5 stars why to get this disc (in rhyme) Nov. 23 2001
By NotATameLion - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
'Twas the day after Thanksgiving, and all through the house, Christmas spirit was stirring and starting to rouse feelings of joy and expectation in the hearts of the people who were there. Beautiful music and Custer LaRue's singing filled the air.
Wonderful songs, written by people long dead, caused pictures to form and stories to dance through each listening head. Stories of a virgin bearing a child, stories of the little Savior's entrance into this world...meek and mild.
Each song is sung with such haunting beauty and care. The Consort's playing could not be more wonderfully fair. Each song is a masterpiece--"The Cherry Tree Carol," "In dulci jubilo," and "Quem pastores laudavere." Each song's focus is on the true meaning of Christmas--no appearance made by St. Nick--but with singing like this, in your head they are sure to stick.
More beautifully than snowflakes this music drifts down. In sheer loveliness, "Christmas Is My Name" deserves the crown. Oh but each tune is strong--like "Ding Dong Merrily" and "The Wren Song." Most come in at under three minutes each, none is overlong. Each is stunning...how can the listener go wrong? How they twinkle...they are most merry. One even makes mention of Cherries.
I highly recommend this disc.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a315f4) out of 5 stars A Christmas Favorite Dec 8 2000
By Frederick Lauritzen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Had enough of animated snowmen and over-sweetened carol arrangements? Here's a hugely enjoyable recording of songs and dances done with flair by the Baltimore Consort. There are a few familiar tunes, such as the lilting arrangement of "Ding, Dong Merrily On High" and a beautiful solo flute version of "Lo, How a Rose 'Er Blooming." But most the songs are off the beaten track, and are therefore fresh and new despite their antiquity. Custer LaRue brings feeling and energy into the songs. This has become the most played Christmas CD in our household.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa137ba08) out of 5 stars Excellent performances and unique music Dec 12 1999
By Victoria Suarez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is my favorite Christmas CD, and it is very different from everything else we hear this time of year.
HASH(0xa09a6a5c) out of 5 stars Beware. Will not play on all devices. Dec 27 2015
By Colin Buxton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I gave it a 5 star review for the performance but it would get 1 star for product.
The disc has obviously been copied in the cheap. Whether the producers did this or not I don't know.
The disc will not play on devices with copyright protection - Sony for eg.
There are no liner notes and the "sleeve" is a cheap one-sided poor quality copy.
Sort of cd you'd expect to buy on a street corner, not from Amazon.
I am being refunded the purchase price.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1c63030) out of 5 stars Go Medieval! Dec 6 2014
By Andy Claybrook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Recently discovered this marvelous Christmas CD after it popped up in the "Christmas at the Castle" playlist on songza. This one goes right to the top of my list of favorite holiday recordings...as others have said a refreshing and unique mix of traditional and folk tunes, performed with great skill, beauty and love. Highest recommendation!