Bright Day Star / Baltimore Consort

Release Date: 10/4/1994
Label: Dorian
Catalog Number: DOR-90198
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the finest Christmas recordings ever made, this 1994 production by the Baltimore Consort makes a welcome return (complete with a new cover) along with the revival of the Dorian label. Glowing with the high, clear soprano of Custer LaRue and brimming with versatile, virtuoso instrumental work by Mary Anne Ballard (viols, rebec), Mark Cudek (cittern, Baroque guitar, viols, bandora), Larry Lipkis (viol, recorder, gemshorn), Ronn McFarlane (lute), Chris Norman (wooden flutes, pennywhistle), and Webb Wiggins (organ), this program literally lives up to the promise of its title.

Many of these 20 tunes/carols/dances are among the most familiar Christmas standards--Ding dong merrily on high; Greensleeves; Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen; In dulci jubilo; The Cherry Tree Carol; Tomorrow shall be my dancing day--presented in both vocal/instrumental and strictly instrumental arrangements. But whatever the tune, and however it's presented, the result is invariably engaging, artful, classy, and infinitely repeatable, which means it's perfect for multiple repetitions, whether at Christmas or any other time of year. Chris Norman's flute improvisation on "Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen" is a classic, and Custer LaRue's rendition of the beautiful "Rorate coeli desuper" is not to be missed. In fact, that last instruction applies to this entire disc. If you're a Christmas music fan (and who isn't?) and you don't already own this CD, you know what you have to do.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
Works on This Recording
1. Tomorrow shall be my dancing day by William Sandys
Performer: Custer LaRue (Soprano), Chris Norman (Flute), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mark Cudek (Cittern)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Romantic
Written: 1833 ;
2. Cherry Tree Carol by Traditional
Performer: Custer LaRue (Soprano), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba), Mark Cudek (Viola da Gamba), Ronn McFarlane (Lute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
3. The Wren Song by Traditional
Performer: Custer LaRue (Soprano), Larry Lipkis (Recorder), Mark Cudek (Cittern), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mary Anne Ballard (Rebec), Chris Norman (Pennywhistle)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
4. Ding Dong! Merrily on high by Traditional
Performer: Custer LaRue (Soprano), Chris Norman (Flute), Mark Cudek (Cittern), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; France
5. The Old Year now away is fled by Traditional
Performer: Chris Norman (Flute), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mark Cudek (Cittern), Custer LaRue (Soprano), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
6. Christmas Day in da Mornin' by Traditional
Performer: Chris Norman (Flute), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mark Cudek (Cittern), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
7. Wir singen dir, Immanuel by Traditional
Performer: Chris Norman (Flute), Mark Cudek (Cittern), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
8. Wassail Song by Traditional
Performer: Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba), Chris Norman (Flute), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mark Cudek (Cittern), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
9. Een Kindeken is ons geboren by John Bull
Performer: Webb Wiggins (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
10. The bellman's Carol by Traditional
Performer: Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba), Mark Cudek (Viola da Gamba), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Webb Wiggins (Organ), Custer LaRue (Soprano), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
11. A Christmas Jig by Traditional
Performer: Mark Cudek (Bandora), Chris Norman (Flute), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Larry Lipkis (Bass Viola da gamba), Mary Anne Ballard (Rebec)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
12. In dulci jubilo by Johann Michael Bach
Performer: Webb Wiggins (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
13. Rorate coeli desuper by Traditional
Performer: Chris Norman (Flute), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mark Cudek (Viola da Gamba), Custer LaRue (Soprano), Larry Lipkis (Viola da Gamba), Mary Anne Ballard (Viola da Gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
14. Drive the cold winter away by Traditional
Performer: Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Larry Lipkis (Bass Viola da gamba), Chris Norman (Alto Flute), Mark Cudek (Bandora), Mary Anne Ballard (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
15. Remember, O thou man by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer: Custer LaRue (Soprano), Mark Cudek (Bandora), Larry Lipkis (Bass Viola da gamba), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Mary Anne Ballard (Treble Vla da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1611 ; England
16. Quem pastores laudavere by Traditional
Performer: Larry Lipkis (Gemshorn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Medieval
Written: 14th Century ;
17. Christmas is my name by Traditional
Performer: Webb Wiggins (Chamber Organ), Custer LaRue (Soprano), Larry Lipkis (Bass Viola da gamba)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
18. In dir ist Freude by Traditional
Performer: Mary Anne Ballard (Bass Viola da gamba), Larry Lipkis (Gemshorn), Ronn McFarlane (Soprano Lute), Chris Norman (Fife), Mark Cudek (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
19. The Shropshire wakes, or, Hey for Christmas by Traditional
Performer: Mark Cudek (Cittern), Ronn McFarlane (Lute), Larry Lipkis (Bass Viola da gamba), Custer LaRue (Soprano), Chris Norman (Fife), Mary Anne Ballard (Rebec)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ; England
20. Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer: Chris Norman (Flute)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1609 ; Germany
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