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In Dulci Jubilo
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In Dulci Jublio, the Christmas recording by internationally renowned harpist and vocalist Therese Schroeder-Sheker features refined and expressive versions of favorites like The Holly and the Ivy, Ave Maria, and Lo! How... more »
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In Dulci Jublio, the Christmas recording by internationally renowned harpist and vocalist Therese Schroeder-Sheker features refined and expressive versions of favorites like The Holly and the Ivy, Ave Maria, and Lo! How a Rose, alongside thoughtful renderings of lesser-known songs from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. Schroeder-Sheker also includes her own musical reflections on the Christmas season. Down in Yon Forest, for instance, encompasses a masterful marriage of traditions. The newly composed melody is set to an old Appalachian ballad that contrasts Grail-epic imagery with the ancient nature religion's May Queen, all the while remembering the Nativity. The harpist weaves these elements together with a sense of sweet naivetÃ© and elegance, creating a gently profound emotional experience. In Awe of the Nativity is equally effective in its use of eclectic sources. In her sensitive blend of fragments from Renaissance crumhorn music, fifteenth century English carols and French motets, Schroeder-Sheker seems to hear both heaven and earth, singing praises in the winter sky. Critics praised the Denver-based artist's sublime, seraphic voice on her 1990 Celestial Harmonies release, Rosa Mystica. As Pulse! magazine noted, "her gentle soprano vocals have an angelic purity to them, especially when matched with the warmth and clarity of her harp accompaniments". On In Dulci Jublio, Schroeder-Sheker seems to possess the voice of an angel as she explores the deeper meaning of the Nativity through a graceful and reverent collection of holiday songs.
A recording which truly defines the holiday season.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If I had to throw away all of my holiday music cd's but one (and I have dozens), this would be the hands-down winner. No recording more beautifully captures the holdiay season for me, the austerity of the manger contrasted with the opulence of the feast we celebrate to honor Christ's birth. This is music for a sparkling winter night, simple, clear, elegant and perfect. Therese Schroeder-Sheker plays the harp beautifully, and sings like an angel, her voice full of sweetness, sadness, and ultimately serenity. Her sincere belief in her material shines out of every performance. Take Bing Crosby out of the player this year, and put this cd in instead, while you're sipping egg nog and wrapping gifts for your loved ones... you will never be able to imagine Christmas without it once you've experienced it. Don't forget to send a copy to someone special."
DrTerryND,DCH,MEd,NBCDCH | 12/27/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Theresa Schroeder-Sheker truly sounds angelic in this beautiful CD. It evokes such a sense of peace and tranquility. This is one of my all-time favorite Christmas CD's -- which, I think, would be just as soothing & comforting any time of year. And I would echo the 2 previous reviews. Heavenly! Close your eyes when you listen to this and you'll think you're being serenaded by an angel! (\ö/)"
It is a shame therese isn't as popular as she deserves
DrTerryND,DCH,MEd,NBCDCH | 10/02/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is really a superb piece, she really sings like an angel and the music is so relaxing."