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A Feast of Songs: Holiday Music from the Middle Ages
Barry and Beth Hall
A Feast of Songs: Holiday Music from the Middle Ages
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
 
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A Feast of Songs is a lively collection of familiar and unusual traditional songs and dances from the middle ages that celebrate the winter season and its associated festivals and holidays. Songs from the British Isles, Ir...  more »

      
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All Artists: Barry and Beth Hall
Title: A Feast of Songs: Holiday Music from the Middle Ages
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Barry and Beth Hall
Original Release Date: 12/25/1997
Re-Release Date: 11/1/2002
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
Styles: Holiday & Wedding, Vocal Pop, Opera & Classical Vocal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 643157148524

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A Feast of Songs is a lively collection of familiar and unusual traditional songs and dances from the middle ages that celebrate the winter season and its associated festivals and holidays. Songs from the British Isles, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland and Sweden blend medieval and renaissance tonalities with a festive folk energy that awakens the spirits of past ages.
 

CD Reviews

One of the Best Christmas CDs on the Planet
Karen A. Decoster | Detroit, MI | 12/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is holiday music from the middle ages, by Barry and Beth Hall. They do performances of my favorite antique classics such as _Masters in the Hall_, _Quem Pastores Laudavere_ (a 14th-century Latin chant, performance reminiscent of a midnight monastic Gregorian chant, with deep-toned church bells and ritual drumming); _Mors Vitae Propitia_ (high energy 12th-century French song from Piae Cantiones, sung in Latin and accompanied by vielle, lute, flute and percussion); _Personent Hodie_ (medieval song from the Piae Cantiones, sung in Latin and accompanied by recorders, vielle, lute and percussion); and _Nous Voici Dans La Ville_ (haunting traditional French melody, performed on fiddle, mandolin and recorder).Their sound is phenomenal, and this CD belongs in every Christmas collection."
The Best Medieval Christmas CD--Ever!
strega2 | USA | 12/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"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!"
A "Must-Have!"
strega2 | 12/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If A Nonesuch Christmas was your favorite holiday album, rejoice! There is FINALLY a worthy successor.Barry and Beth Hall have compiled a collection of all our favorite Christmas music from the Middle Ages - and their performances put everyone else to shame.Including the lyrics would have been a nice touch, but those are available at many web sites, so I won't quibble. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"