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On a Cold Winter's Day - Early Christmas Music and Carols from the British Isles

Quadriga Consort Audio CD
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  • Composer: Traditional
  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music CMG
  • ASIN: B00DU2QPA4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Wassail, a Wassail
2. 'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
3. The Moon Shines Bright
4. Tune No. 176
5. The Holy and the Ivy
6. A Naoidhe Naoimh (O Holy Child)
7. To Shorten Winter's Sadness
8. Don Oíche Úd I mBeithil (That Night in Bethlehem)
9. Christmas Eve / Christmas in Killarney / Christmas Day in the Morning / The Day Before Christmas
10. Pat-a-Pan
11. Tàladh ar Slànaighear (Our Saviour's Lullaby)
12. On a Cold Winter's Day
13. A Babe Is Born All of a Maid
14. This Is the Truth Sent from Above
15. Wexford Carol
16. Gower Wassail
17. Drive the Cold Winter Away
18. Deck the Hall

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is a collection of carols from the British Isles (including Ireland, Scotland and Wales) covering a period of several hundred years. If this description sounds a bit dry the music, beautifully performed by the Quadriga Consort, is anything but. Nikolaus Newerkla's arrangements work most effectively and and Elisabeth Kaplan's voice is sympathetic and beguiling. It is hard to think of a better accompaniment to your bowl of wassail.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Davey
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just chanced on this and decided to give it a pop. An "early music band" of ex-students from the University of Music in Graz, Austria, plus a South African singer isn't an obviuos choice for "Christmas music from the British Isles" - but this eclectic mix works perfectly. The music is a mix of familiar and not-so, and avoids the traps of being either too "academic" or "pop". Highlights for me are "The holly and the ivy" to an old french melody, and the old english "The moon shines bright".

If you only buy one Christmas CD this year, make it this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Celtic Flavour 13 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Plodding in places but some truly beautiful tracks on here and skilful musicianship. A treat, an investment. Worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas music with .... recorders ! 17 Dec 2013
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I showed no interest in music at school, perhaps because I was forced to sing, and later, for a while, forced to play a recorder. I did both very badly. Only after setting up on my own did I start showing any interest in music, and then only as a radio listener. A lot has changed since then, but I never actually thought much of recorders anyway as it always seemed to me that clarinets (for example) had more to offer. I bought this album knowing that it was an old-timey album of folk music, but not realizing at the time that the main musical instruments are two recorders. There is a female singer up front, but there are some instrumental tracks too. While there are other instruments in the background, the recorders are the primary instruments. No hiding place, then, for these very mundane instruments that have so little to offer .... or so I thought. I have to concede that the results are impressive to say the least.

I could quibble about Huron being in Canada, therefore not part of the British Isles, therefore track 2 doesn't qualify for inclusion unless its ancestry can be traced further back, and I could quibble about one or two other things if I set my mind to it, but those recorders have blown all that way. Even if, like I was, you have doubts about what recorders can do, then give this album a chance, just as long as you have some interest in great music presented in a simple, melodic form.
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