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|Dufay; Power; Jan of Jenstejn, Michael Jaffee, Waverly Consort|
Waverly Consort Presents the Christmas Story
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
The Waverly Consort?s premiered in the medieval Sculpture Court of New York?s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980, and has been a holiday tradition ever since, garnering accolades year after year from communities across the... more »
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The Waverly Consort?s premiered in the medieval Sculpture Court of New York?s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1980, and has been a holiday tradition ever since, garnering accolades year after year from communities across the country. Now, for the first time, the Waverly Consort has recorded this uplifting and moving celebration, . Eight singers and five instrumentalists, playing reproductions of medieval instruments, recount the events of Christmas ? the message of the archangel Gabriel to the shepherds, the journey of the Magi to the manger at Bethlehem, the intrigue of Herod and his court, the flight into Egypt ? with an exquisite blend of instrumental brilliance and exceptional vocal artistry. CLASSICS TODAY DISC OF THE YEAR - 2000!
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A Christmas from long ago...
C. Goldsmith | Greenville, S.C. | 11/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of ancient music, and picked up this CD expecting to be pleased. I came away from the first listen more than pleased, in fact blown away by the sheer beauty of the plainsong (12th-14th centuries) and the clear, pure, soaring voices. The singers range from soprano, through countertenor to bass...accompanied by period instruments.
The most beautiful piece is a hymn of thanksgiving: Te Deum Laudamus. It begins with bells, and a single voice...eventually bringing in all voices; the women singing counterpoint to the men..then all together..with the glorious, ethereal bells as the only accompaniment.This is the last piece on the CD, and the voices never really end...they fade out among the bells.
The entire CD is full of gems, including the "Fulget Dies Celebris" from "Carmina Burana."
The accompanying booklet translates the Latin into English, still managing to give us the beautiful poetry of the Incarnation and what came afterward.
Even if you're not a Christian, and don't understand all the poetic references, this CD will quickly speak to you through the centuries. It did to me, and now it's one of my favorites, during the Christmas season, and all year."
Beautiful and memorable!
cookybaker | New York, NY USA | 11/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I found this xd last Christmas and it was very hard to find. I had the album many years ago. It is sooooooooooo wonderful. If you enjoy early music/sacred music, this is the cd for you. The voices are haunting and beautiful. I really cannot say enough great things about it. So, definitely place it in your collection before it disappears again."
Susan Fiore | Verona, WI USA | 12/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so sorry this CD is no longer available as I would like to give it as gifts to many of my friends who also enjoy medieval sacred music. Last year the Waverly Consort performed the Christmas Story in Madison, WI where I live. Shortly after my husband I sat down in the concert hall, two young families with several small children, one a baby, came in and sat in the first row of the lower balcony, just in front of us. I was dismayed, thinking, "Do they know what they've come to hear? Do they think it's suitable for such young children?" We were expecting wiggling and whispering throughout. We were utterly wrong. The children were spell-bound through the entire performance. One of the fathers took the baby out (quietly) at one point, but I have to assume it was to change a soggy diaper, for the baby hadn't made a peep. The little girls were hanging over the balcony, rapt and speechless. Afterward as we filed out, they just sparkled. What better proof that children learn to like that to which they are exposed. And that such beautiful music so stunningly performed is accessible to everyone."