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English Medieval Christmas Carols
Ny Pro Musica Antiqua
English Medieval Christmas Carols
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
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All Artists: Ny Pro Musica Antiqua
Title: English Medieval Christmas Carols
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Tradition Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1956
Re-Release Date: 6/20/1997
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Styles: Traditional Folk, Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 600491105620

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One of the Greats
Stephen Peithman | Davis, CA USA | 12/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording may be almost 50 years old, but it still resounds as the classic that alerted an unsuspecting public to the beauty and joy of medieval music. The New York Pro Musica would go on to record much more medieval and Renaissance music (including re-recordings of these selections), but this is now the only of their recordings in print. Until the entire output is restored to the catalog, this lone example must suffice. It is hauntingly beautiful and rousing by turns. This is a recording that should please a wide range of music lovers, but particularly those who already have found a place in their hearts for music of the medieval court and countryside."
An important recording, beautiful singing (but uneven sound
NY film buff | New York, NY | 10/20/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The New York Pro Musica Antiqua, founded in 1952 by Noah Greenberg, gave many Americans their first taste of medieval and Renaissance music, both vocal and instrumental. Their work introduced a public generally ignorant of any composers who lived prior to Baroque to the sound of sackbutts (sp?!), rebecs, krumhorns, lutes, viol da gambas, and other staples of music-making between 1200 and 1700. Their recording of the 12th century liturgical drama, The Play of Daniel, was groundbreaking, their later LPs of Elizabethan madrigals and court music were a joy to the ear. In the Pro Musica's early days, they were fortunate to have on board the countertenor Russell Oberlin, a graduate of Juilliard, whose voice, bell-like and true in both the upper and lower registers, was devoid of the shrillness often heard in falsetto.

Mr. Oberlin is one of the fine vocalists in this early recording, and it is unfortunate that the quality of the transfer from LP to disc leaves something to be desired. The medieval christmas "carols," sung for the most part a cappella, are a pleasing combination of lively and quietly meditative songs, and it is easy to see how the Pro Musica served as a model for the many early-music groups that emerged between the 1970s and the present day. This disc is a must for the serious collector, or student of medieval music, and, even with the uneven sound quality, we can appreciate the excellence of the performers."
Are there mistakes in labeling these carols?
crazyquiltmom | Lithia, FL United States | 01/02/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I really enjoy medieval music, and first heard The New York Pro Musica Antiqua when I still was a teenager in the late 1960's. I have been a fan for a very long time. I have a LP entitled "Medieval Roots" that includes many of the same pieces that appear on this CD, so when I listened to this CD for the first time, I was very surprised to see that many of the songs were mislabeled. For example, the first track is "Hail May Full of Grace" and not "Sing We Nowell" which appears later on the CD. There are other errors, too, but I have to listen again carefully to rename the pieces on the CD."