"A Feast of Songs" Medieval and Renaissance Music CDThis is a new shrink-wrapped CD of high energy, beautiful early music perfect for the holidays and the rest of the year! Please check out the samples below. A Feast of Songs: Holiday Music from the Middle Ages is a lively collection of ancient songs and dances that celebrate the winter season, including Christmas, the Winter Solstice, and other associated festivals and holidays. Songs from the British Isles, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland and Sweden infuse Medieval and Renaissance melodies with a vibrant energy that awakens the spirits of past ages. This recording includes vocals and a huge variety of traditional and period acoustic instruments, with creative musical arrangements that remain true to tradition but breathe fresh life and energy. Fans of this CD also like Loreena McKennitt, Dead Can Dance, Anonymous 4, and Angels of Venice. The Musicians:
Barry and Beth Hall sing and perform on lute, dulcimer, viola, violin, mandolin, guitar, sitgar, flute, recorders, French horn, herald trumpet, doumbek, tar, bodhrán, tabor, tambourine, cymbals, bells, African drums, and other percussion instruments. The duo have performed as soloists and with ensembles throughout the concert halls of North America and the cathedrals of Europe. Their musical performances have been featured on National Public Radio (All Things Considered, The World), PBS Television, BBC Television and at the Smithsonian Institution. Barry and Beth have had the pleasure of performing and recording with fine traditional and early music luminaries including Shira Kammen (Ensemble Alcatraz, Fortune's Wheel), Peter Maund (Ensemble Alcatraz, Skyedance), Distant Oaks, Coro Hispano de San Francisco, Heliotrope, Ethan James, Trouz Bras and Triple Spiral. The Songs:
Gaudete (Sweden, 16th century) (
Patapan (France, traditional) (
Il est ne le divin enfant (France, traditional)
Christmas eve (England, traditional) (
Green growth the holly (King Henry VIII, c. 1520)
Mors vitae propitia (France c. 1200)
Quem pastores (Germany, 14th century)
The truth from above (England, traditional)
Christchurch bells (England, 14th century)
Jesuza Judasz przedal (Poland, 14th century)
Good King Wenceslas (England, 14th century)
Journey of the magi (improvisation) (
In dulci jubilo (Germany, 14th century) (
Personent hodie (Germany 1360, lyrics Sweden 1582)
Nous voici dans la ville (France, 15th century)
Noel nouvelet (France, traditional)
Coventry carol (England, 16th century)
The holly and the ivy (England, traditional)
Hail, Mary, full of grace (England, 15th century)
Sir Christemas (England, 15th century)
Masters in this hall (France, traditional) Several tracks from their CD "A Feast of Songs" spent weeks in the #1 position on the Medieval and Renaissance Top 40 charts at . See below for reviews from other online sources: The Best Medieval Christmas CD--Ever!
What a find this remarkable CD is! If you love authentic Medieval music, played with the authentic instruments of its time and sung in the same way that a nobleman's court of the 14th or 15th Century might have heard it, this is the one for you. Beth and Barry Hall, both very gifted musicians, offer the finest collection of European Medieval carols I have yet found, and I have a large collection of the music of this period. A bravissima performance to be savored all year round. Good Lords and Ladies all, grab this one!
- "Strega2" (USA) The best medieval holiday music yet! A trip through time, and so well done. I have listened to many others, and this one rates the best! I am looking forward to their next release!
- Maryann Micillo (North Massapequa, NY, USA) I have been listening to this album for two Christmas seasons and never seem to tire of it. The instrumental pieces are...