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Ancient Music of Christmas
Ethan James
Ancient Music of Christmas
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical
 
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The hurdy-gurdy isn't the first--or even third or fourth--instrument you think of when someone says "Christmas music," but Ethan James is determined to change all that with an exotic and hypnotic collection of mostly medie...  more »

      
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All Artists: Ethan James
Title: Ancient Music of Christmas
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Hannibal
Release Date: 9/3/1996
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Rock, Classical
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 031257139823, 031257139861

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The hurdy-gurdy isn't the first--or even third or fourth--instrument you think of when someone says "Christmas music," but Ethan James is determined to change all that with an exotic and hypnotic collection of mostly medieval songs played on what could well be the intermarriage of the bagpipe and pump organ. Add dulcimer, saz, and some ethnic percussive instruments, and the result is a mesmerizing mixture of seasonal music capable of altering your conscious state any time of the year. James selects many songs that are traditionally sung and transposes them to the hurdy-gurdy, a daunting feat for any instrumentalist. Still, this wonderful album belongs in the home of anyone who savors the radiant brilliance of a lost time and the foreign though somehow familiar nuances of this timeless musical apparatus. A must-have. --Martin Keller

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CD Reviews

Enchanting and unusual!
11/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this album! But it's not typical, bland Christmas background music. So if you like renaissance music and interesting-sounding instruments (krumhorns and bagpipes elicit a similar response in people), then I encourage you to order this cd. I own another one by Ethan James, and my 18-month old especially gets into that hurdy-gurdy buzz!"
A Christmas Joy...
Judith Lindenau | Traverse City, MI USA | 01/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ethan James' is a very fine vielle player, a passionate musician and a meticulous craftsman. Those characteristics are apparent in this album, as is his unerring choice of music. This album will add dimension to your holidays...or at any other time, for that matter."
Five stars for an unusual Christmas collection
Judith Lindenau | 12/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I disagree completely with the preceding reviewer, who compared the music to "nails on chalkboard." I have listened to this album a dozen times and find it an entirely pleasurable experience. Pay attention instead to Martin Keller's editorial review."