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The Christmas Revels: Celebrating 50 Years!


Release Date: 11/13/2020 
Label:  Revels Records   Catalog #: 2120  
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousAlbert LarrieuEmilio de Cavalieri,   ... 
Performer:  Jill GleimMartin HughLisa OrnsteinJohn Fleagle,   ... 
Conductor:  John LangstaffDavid Coffin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels ChorusCambridge Symphonic Brass EnsembleSalvation Army Staff Band,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Welcome to this live-from-the-stage retrospective recording through five decades of Christmas Revels productions, capturing the adventurous spirit and flavor of these legendary performances. Revels productions are rich smorgasbords of choral and solo singing, traditional folk dances and stories, children’s songs and games, and a brilliant brass ensemble. The selections on this 2-album Setare sequenced according to musical connections rather than by nationality or time period. A Russian non-sense song segues easily into an Appalachian hoedown, a 14th-century France art song into a 20th-century Cajun toe-tapper. It is our way of illustrating how vocal and instrumental styles – and the range of human experience that expresses itself through Read more music – transcend geopolitical boundaries and find common ground in unexpected places. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The first nowell by Traditional
Conductor:  John Langstaff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Salvation Army Staff Band
Written: England 
2.
Niska banja by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Women Chorus,  New England Romanian Ensemble
3.
Masters in this hall by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Youth Pro Musica,  Revels Chorus,  Early Music Ensemble
Written: France 
4.
Country Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Parlour Orchestra
5.
Bells in the High Tower by Traditional
Performer:  Jill Gleim (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Libana
6.
Esa noche yo bailá by Anonymous
Performer:  Martin Hugh (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Huehuetl
7.
Melchior et Balthazar, carol (French) by Traditional
Performer:  Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
Conductor:  David Coffin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus
8.
Setnja by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Balkan Band
9.
The Hern by Anonymous
Performer:  John Fleagle (Tenor), John Fleagle (Harp)
10.
Les Cloches du hameau by Albert Larrieu
Performer:  Josee Vachon (Voice), Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle), Megan Henderson (Harmonium),
Keith Murphy (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Revels Children Chorus
11.
Aria di Firenze by Emilio de Cavalieri
Performer:  Nathaniel Cox (Cornetto), Simon Martyn-Ellis (Lute)
12.
Now Christmas Is Comen by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
13.
Moja diridika by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Revels Balkan Band
14.
Arise and Hail the Joyful Day by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Mellstock Band
15.
The Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Performer:  Shiela Kay Adams (Voice)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1820 
16.
Yaqui Deer Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Huehuetl
17.
Hanérotchhallalou by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Voice of the Turtle
Period: Romantic 
18.
Wali wali a lla dallaouna by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sharq Ensemble
19.
Brass Prelude by George Emlen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
20.
Irish Step Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Irish Band
21.
Traveller's Prayer by John Renbourn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus
22.
What Are You Gonna Call that Pretty Little Baby by Traditional
Performer:  Janice Allen (Voice)
23.
Golden Yarn - Boil Them Cabbage Down by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble,  Revels String Band
24.
Sacred Throne by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus
25.
Any Old Iron by Charles Collins
Performer:  David Jones (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Parlour Orchestra
26.
Rey a Quien Reyes Adoran by Traditional
Performer:  David Coffin (Voice), Salome Sandoval McNutt (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Band
27.
Tonatsar djan by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus,  Revels Early Instrument Ensemble
28.
King Herod and the Cock by Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus,  Revels Early Instrument Ensemble
29.
Hodie Christus natus est by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Handbells
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
30.
Auld Lang Syne by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Children Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: Scotland 
31.
The Shortest Day by Susan Cooper
Performer:  John Langstaff (Voice)
32.
Lord of the Dance by Traditional
Performer:  John Langstaff (Baritone)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Children Chorus  ... 
33.
Brass Prelude by George Emlen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
34.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Charles Spicer (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Mellstock Band  ... 
Written: England 
35.
Hymn of the Ancient Galician Kingdom by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Galician Band
36.
Alilo from Imerti by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus
37.
Les Veuves de la coulée by David Greely
Performer:  Jamie Jaffe (Alto)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Cajun Band
38.
Bab mi pojde more na pazaro by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus
39.
Shoo Fly by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus
40.
Brandy by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danse Cadence
41.
Sempre mi ride sta by Adrian Willaert
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus
42.
Shadrach by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silver Leaf Gospel Singers
43.
Villemann og Magnhild by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus
44.
Taroni meghediner by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arev Ensemble
45.
Žensko čamče by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Libana,  Revels Balkan Band
46.
Improvisation by Sam Strickland
Performer:  Stan Strickland (Soprano Saxophone)
47.
Üzküdar'a gider iken by Traditional
Performer:  Gideon Crevoshay (Tenor), Sophie Michaux (Mezzo Soprano), Lysander Jaffe (Tenor)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Revels Venetian Ensemble
48.
Pretty home by Patsy Williamson
Performer:  Haley Fisher (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Women Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; USA 
49.
I Will Bow and Be Simple, Shaker hymn (a.k.a. Simple Gifts) by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Revels String Band
50.
Le chevalier du guet by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus
51.
Lasst uns froh und munter sein by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus
52.
Dobri Gosti-Koledari "Christmas Visitors" by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus
Written: Bulgaria 
53.
Ain't Got Time to Stop and Tarry by Dan Emmett
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Squirrel Butter,  Tui
54.
Polonäs frĺn Sexdrega by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Nordic String Band
55.
Dona Nobis Pacem by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus
56.
Children, go where I send thee by Traditional
Performer:  Carolyn Saxon (Voice), Stan Strickland (Soprano Saxophone), Janice Allen (Voice),
Eden MacAdam-Somer (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Revels Children Chorus,  Revels String Band
57.
J'ai vű le loup by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Men Chorus,  Revels Early Instrument Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
58.
J'ai vű le loup by Traditional
Performer:  David Greely (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Children Chorus,  Revels Cajun Band
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
59.
Morris Stick Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Pinewoods Morris Men
60.
Rapper Sword Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Pinewoods Morris Men
61.
Northwest Clog Morris Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Pinewoods Morris Men
62.
In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Children Chorus
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
63.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Performer:  Janice Allen (Voice), Shiela Kay Adams (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Revels Children Chorus,  Silver Leaf Gospel Singers
64.
The Sussex Mummers' Carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble,  Revels Children Chorus

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 Joyful Music December 25, 2020 By M. Drake (South Beach, OR) See All My Reviews "Excellent collection of the Revels best moments. The perfect thing for a joyful lift in these troubling times. Would give it six stars if they existed." Report Abuse
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