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A Waverly Consort Christmas / Michael Jaffee


Release Date: 11/01/1994 
Label:  Virgin Classics Veritas Catalog #: 55193   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalRobert CowperAnonymousWilliam Billings
Performer:  Ben FreedTom ZajacJohn ShankweilerRosamund Morley,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Waverly Consort Christmas: From East Anglia to Appalachia finds the Waverly Consort, as directed by Michael Jaffe, performing traditional carols and hymns from England and New England. The liner notes give fascinating historical details behind the songs, including replications of the original Olde Englishe texte. The music may be surprisingly foreign or ancient to some ears, but From East Anglia to Appalachia is an engaging and unusual holiday album that's worth hearing by any listener looking for an adventurous Christmas record.

-- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic.com
A Waverly Consort Christmas: From East Anglia to Appalachia finds the Waverly Consort, as directed by Michael Jaffe, performing traditional carols and hymns from England and New England. The liner notes give fascinating historical details behind the songs, including replications of the original Olde Englishe texte. The music may be surprisingly foreign or ancient to some ears, but From East Anglia to Appalachia is an engaging and unusual holiday album that's worth hearing by any listener looking for an adventurous Christmas record.

-- Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusic.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Gloucester Wassail Song by Traditional
Performer:  Ben Freed (Banjo), Tom Zajac (Pipe), John Shankweiler (Tenor),
Rosamund Morley (Violone), Lisa Gutkin (Fiddle), Kathy Theil (Soprano),
Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor),
John Olund (Tenor), Rita Lilly (Soprano), Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone),
Michael Jaffee (Lute), Michael Jaffee (Citole), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
2.
Gloria in excelsis by Robert Cowper
Performer:  Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor), Rita Lilly (Soprano), John Shankweiler (Tenor),
John Olund (Tenor), Kathy Theil (Soprano), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor),
Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Gabriel fram heven-king by Anonymous
Performer:  Rita Lilly (Soprano), Michael Jaffee (Lute), Kathy Theil (Soprano),
Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano), Rosamund Morley (Vielle), Kay Jaffee (Harp),
Lawrence Lipnik (Psaltery)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1290; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
4.
Campanis cum cymbalis/Honoremus dominam by Anonymous
Performer:  Kay Jaffee (Psaltery), Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), John Shankweiler (Tenor),
John Olund (Tenor), Timothy Leigh Evans (Cymbals), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor),
Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone), Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano),
Kathy Theil (Soprano), Rita Lilly (Soprano), Lawrence Lipnik (Psaltery),
Kay Jaffee (Harp), Michael Jaffee (Citole), Rosamund Morley (Kamancha)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5.
Ave mundi rosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), John Olund (Tenor), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone),
John Shankweiler (Tenor), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Verbum Patris hodie by Anonymous
Performer:  Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone), John Olund (Tenor), John Shankweiler (Tenor),
Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), Michael Jaffee (Bells), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 13th Century; Rouen, France 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
7.
Bethlehem by William Billings
Performer:  John Shankweiler (Tenor), Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor),
John Olund (Tenor), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone), Rita Lilly (Soprano),
Kathy Theil (Soprano), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano), Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778/1779; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Exultation by Traditional
Performer:  Lisa Gutkin (Fiddle), Ben Freed (Banjo), Rosamund Morley (Violone),
Michael Jaffee (Guitar), Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), John Shankweiler (Tenor),
John Olund (Tenor), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone),
Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano), Kathy Theil (Soprano),
Rita Lilly (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Star in the East by Traditional
Performer:  Kay Jaffee (Psaltery), Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), Rosamund Morley (Vielle),
Lisa Gutkin (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Language: English 
Notes: This version of the "Star in the East" is a Kentucky song. It shares track and timing with the other version of "Star in the East" performed on this disc. 
10.
Shiloh by William Billings
Performer:  Kathy Theil (Soprano), Rita Lilly (Soprano), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone),
Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), John Shankweiler (Tenor), John Olund (Tenor),
Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano), Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1786; USA 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Ther is no rose of swych vertu by Anonymous
Performer:  Rita Lilly (Soprano), Tom Zajac (Alto Recorder), Kay Jaffee (Tenor Recorder)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1420; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Language: English 
12.
Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol" by Traditional
Performer:  Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano), Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone),
John Olund (Tenor), John Shankweiler (Tenor), Kay Jaffee (Bells),
Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone), Kathy Theil (Soprano), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor),
Rita Lilly (Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
The darkest midnight in December by Traditional
Performer:  Michael Jaffee (Guitar), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Kay Jaffee (Harp),
Tom Zajac (Pipe), Lisa Gutkin (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Written: Ireland 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
The Old Year now away is fled by Traditional
Performer:  Rosamund Morley (Bass Viola da gamba), Kay Jaffee (Harp), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 8 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: "The Old Year now away is fled," "Greensleeves" and "Here we come" appear under a common title ("A 'Wassail' Suite") and share a track and timing. 
15.
Greensleeves by Traditional
Performer:  Tom Zajac (Pipe), Ben Freed (Banjo), Lisa Gutkin (Fiddle),
Kay Jaffee (Harp), Tom Zajac (Jew's Harp), Michael Jaffee (Lute),
Rosamund Morley (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Notes: This selection is a set of instrumental variations on the tune "Greensleeves." It shares a track and timing with "The Old Year now away is fled" and "Here We Come A-Wassailing." 
16.
Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Performer:  Michael Jaffee (Guitar), Rita Lilly (Soprano), Katie Geissinger (Mezzo Soprano),
Lawrence Lipnik (Countertenor), Timothy Leigh Evans (Tenor), Lawrence Lipnik (Baritone),
John Shankweiler (Tenor), John Olund (Tenor), Joel Frederiksen (Bass Baritone),
Kathy Theil (Soprano), Rosamund Morley (Violone), Tom Zajac (Hurdy-gurdy),
Ben Freed (Banjo), Lisa Gutkin (Fiddle)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "The Old Year now away is fled" and "Greensleeves." 
17.
This endere nyghth by Anonymous
Performer:  John Olund (Tenor), Kay Jaffee (Tenor Recorder), Rita Lilly (Soprano),
Tom Zajac (Bass Recorder)
Conductor:  Michael Jaffee
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Waverly Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1600; England 
Date of Recording: 06/1994 
Venue:  Sommer Hall, Concordia College, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

THE GLOUCESTER WASSAIL SONG
COWPER: GLORIA IN EXCELSIS
GABRIEL FRAM HEVEN-KING
CAMPANIS CUM CYMBALIS
AVE MUNDI ROSA
VERBUM PATRIS HODIE
BETHLEHEM
EXULTATION
STAR IN THE EAST
SHILOH
THER IS NO ROSE OF SWYCH VERTU
THIS ENDRIS NIGHT I SAW A SIGHT
LULLY, LULLA, THOW LITTEL TYNE CHILD (COVENTRY CAROL)
THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT IN DECEMBER
WASSAIL SUITE: GREENSLEEVES, HERE WE COME AWASSAILING

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 First encounter, fabulous December 26, 2014 By Paul M C. (Los Osos, CA) See All My Reviews "Downloaded this MP3 when looking for something new in Christmas music. I'm not a music specialist, just like music, and found the sound quality to be exceptional, clear, well rounded in tone. The voices are exquisite. Love the choices of pieces, old stuff, not heard before. But, a plus: the use of old instruments, and modern (a banjo) for accompaniment. Highly recommend this. Only drawback: no libretto, or lyrics provided with a download." Report Abuse
 A welcome addition to Christmas music December 29, 2013 By William Kendall (Santa Rosa, CA) See All My Reviews "The collection begins with the Gloucester Wassail song and ends with a Wassail suite: it's bookmarked by celebration! In between is a collection of wonderful harmonies and songs probably unheard of by 21st century listeners. What a treat. It's a very welcome addition to my Christmas collection" Report Abuse
 Beautiful Christmas Music December 13, 2012 By Debbie K. (Greenville, SC) See All My Reviews "The Waverly Consort Christmas album includes some lovely choices of music, sung and played with a beautiful tone. Thoroughly enjoyable" Report Abuse
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