Monday, 15 December 2008

Seasonal soul-food: Loreena McKennitt's A Midwinter Night's Dream

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Loreena's latest CD,  'A Midwinter Night's Dream',  is a truly sublime collection of exceptional music for this season of the year.

To quote from her Quinlan Road website:

The holiday collection features an array of the artist's wide musical influences, ranging from Celtic to classical to Middle Eastern. Her eclecticism shines through in the mysticism of “The Holly and the Ivy,” the exotic Eastern arrangements of “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,” the Latin-sung “Emmanuel” and the North French/African rendering of “Noël Nouvelet!,” sung in Old French

 

I used many of these tracks for an advent quiet day last Saturday and I recommend A Midwinter Night's Dream  wholeheartedly. To whet your appetite watch the video of her recording one of the gems on the album.

Loreena McKennitt singing  The Seven Rejoices of Mary

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