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The Christmas Revels


Release Date: 10/17/1995 
Label:  Revels Records   Catalog #: 1078   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalVarious
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels ChorusChristmas Revels
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Track Listing
1. Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
2. Room's Opening Lines
3. Wassail Carol
4. Father Christmas Verse
5. Boar's Head Carol, The
6. Constant Billy
7. Here We Come a-Wassailing
8. Villagers All!
9. There Was a Pig
10. Monk's March, The
11. Dargason
12. Fra Giovanni
13. Holly and the Ivy, The
14. Fool's Verse
15. Lord of the Dance
16. Brass Fanfare
17. Masters in This Hall
18. Shakespeare Lines
19. Nova! Nova!
20. Nativity
21. Alle Psallite Cum Luya
22. Moon Shines Bright, The
23. St. George's Verse
24. Sword Dance Tunes
25. Shortest Day,
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26. Wren Song, The
27. Apple Tree Wassail
28. 12 Days of Christmas, The
29. Fool's Farewell, The
30. Sussex Mummers' Carol

There are Christians who refuse to celebrate the season because of its pagan origins, grounded in Solstice revels. These origins were made abundantly clear when John Langstaff first staged the Christmas Revels in New York City's Town Hall in 1957. The Revels, then, were a celebration of the rebirth of the New Year, but Langstaff added a twist. He would also enfold Christ -- the "Lord of the Dance" -- into his pageant, arguing that His death and rebirth fit perfectly into ancient pagan ritual. This 1978 version of The Christmas Revels offers but one version of the ever-evolving procession, featuring Langstaff as lead baritone on favorites like "The Boar's Head Carol" and "Lord of the Dance." A large cast, performing choral vocals, spoken parts, and instrumentals, brings an energetic dignity to a mixture of traditional songs, dances, ritual, and poetry. While the spoken portions of the Revels probably work better in a live theater experience, its important to remember that the program is meant as a community celebration. While some people will find this music a bit eccentric, the sort of thing one might hear on public radio on Christmas Eve; The Christmas Revels breaks away from yet another version of "Silent Night" and offers a refreshing way to celebrate the season. Pagans of all stripes will also be glad to have a holiday album to call their own. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Wassail Carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; England 
2.
Boar's Head Carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
Written: England 
3.
Here we come a-wassailing by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
Written: England 
4.
The Holly and the Ivy by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
Written: England 
5.
Lord of the Dance by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
6.
Masters in this hall by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
Written: France 
7.
Nova! nova! by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
8.
The Wren Song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
9.
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
Written: England 
10.
Sussex Mummers' Carol by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels
11.
Work(s) by Various
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Revels Chorus,  Christmas Revels

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