Wolcum Yule: Celtic and British Songs and Carols

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Wolcum Yule: Celtic and British Songs and Carols
Anonymous 4 (with Andrew Lawrence King, Irish harp, Baroque harp & psaltery)

[ Harmonia Mundi / CD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 November 2011

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"..if it's possible that there are listeners new to this group, here's an easy way to get to know its matchless sound and enduring, engaging personality."
(10/10 ClassicsToday)

"The disc is enhanced by a well-planned programming order that ensures transitions from track to track are smooth and sensitive to keys and to the listener's need both for tonal continuity and musical variety. For some reason, the sound on the latter part of the disc is more resonant and present than on the opening tracks--a situation that takes about two seconds to adjust to. It need not be said that Anonymous 4 fans will want this without delay. And if it's possible that there are listeners new to this group, here's an easy way to get to know its matchless sound and enduring, engaging personality." (10/10 ClassicsToday)

Andrew Lawrence-King's virtuoso harp joins the voices of Anonymous 4 in a wealth of Yuletide music, favourite and rare, from the British Isles. Juxtaposing pagan and Christian traditions, the programme interweaves English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh ballads and carols with well-loved pieces by John Tavener (The Lamb), Benjamin Britten, and a newly commissioned work by Peter Maxwell Davies. Andrew Lawrence-King adds special colour playing a variety of instruments: psaltery, Baroque harp, and a remarkable Irish "Queen Mary" harp which sounds as if it contains its own peal of heavenly bells.

Tracks:

1 Awake, and join the cheerful choir, Trad. English 4:09
2 Good people all, Trad. English 6:05
3 The seven rejoices of Mary, Trad. English 3:43
4 The Lamb, John Tavener 3:01
5 A Scots Lilt, Anon., 17th c. 3:33
6 Balulalow, Trad. Scottish 3:37
7 Balulalow, Richard Rodney Bennett 1:39
8 The holly and the ivy, Trad. English 3:14
9 The Reel of Tullochgorum, Trad. Scottish 3:45
10 I saw three ships, Trad. English 2:54
11 A Calendar of Kings, Peter Maxwell Davies (first recording) 6:02
12 Air: Lá fuar geimhreadh (On a cold winter's day), Trad. Irish 4:13
13 An teicheadh go hÉigipt (Flight into Egypt), Trad. Irish 3:21
14 A god, and yet a man?, Geoffrey Burgon (first recording) 1:25
15 Grene growith the holy, Henry VIII 3:51
16 Wel, dyma'r borau gorau (Behold, here is the best morning), Trad. Welsh 3:15
17 The Cherry Tree Carol, Trad. English 2:38
18 Can wassel (Wassail Song), Trad. Cornish 2:48
19 A New Year Carol, Benjamin Britten 2:41