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Thys Yool - A Medieval Christmas / Martin Best Ensemble

Album Summary

>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
>Traditional, Christmas : Judas and Wenceslas
>Traditional, Christmas : Hyer matin
>Anonymous, English : Miri it is while sumer ilast, estampie
>Anonymous, English : Man mai longë lives weenë
>Traditional, Christmas : Thys Yool
>Traditional, Christmas : Tapster, Drynker
>Traditional, Christmas : Ja pour hyver
>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel fram evene king sewnt (Angelus ad Virginem)
>Traditional, Christmas : Song of the Nuns of Chester ("The Chester Carol") (English)
>Traditional, English : Hail Mary Full of Grace (15th Century)
>Traditional, Christmas : As I Lay on Yoolis Night, carol (English)
>Traditional, Christmas : Edi Beo Thu, Hevene Queene, carol (English)
>Anonymous : Perperit Virgo
>Anonymous : O Virgo Splendens
>Anonymous : Loor de Santa Maria
>Anonymous, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat : Polorum Regina
>Anonymous : Mariam Matrem
>Traditional, Christmas : I Pray You All
>Traditional, Christmas : There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
>Anonymous, English : Caligo terrae scinditur / Virgo Maria, motet
>Traditional, Christmas : Princeps pacis
>Anonymous, Notre Dame School : Mors vite propitia
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Notes & Reviews:

'Thys Yool' is a four-part program of medieval music in which four images central to the Christmas story are brought together, moving through nativity songs towards the point at which Christian and Pagan traditions come together.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble (vocals, lute, psaltery); Lucie Skeaping (vocals, rebec, fiddle); David Corkhill (dulcimer, drums, bells); Jeremy Barlow (flute, pipe, recorder); Donna Deam (soprano saxophone); Kristine Szulik (alto saxophone); Angus Smith (tenor saxophone).

Recording information: Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, Wales.

Elegant music. Early Christmas celebrations on original instruments. ~ Michael Erlewine



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>Traditional, Christmas : Personent hodie (On this day Earth shall ring) (Piae Cantiones)
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1582

>Traditional, Christmas : Judas and Wenceslas
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Hyer matin
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, English : Miri it is while sumer ilast, estampie
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1225

>Anonymous, English : Man mai longë lives weenë
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Thys Yool
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Tapster, Drynker
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Ja pour hyver
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Gabriel fram evene king sewnt (Angelus ad Virginem)
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: ?/?1200-??/1300

>Traditional, Christmas : Song of the Nuns of Chester ("The Chester Carol") (English)
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, English : Hail Mary Full of Grace (15th Century)
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : As I Lay on Yoolis Night, carol (English)
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : Edi Beo Thu, Hevene Queene, carol (English)
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1500

>Anonymous : Perperit Virgo
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : O Virgo Splendens
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous : Loor de Santa Maria
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat : Polorum Regina
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 13th Century

>Anonymous : Mariam Matrem
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : I Pray You All
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas

>Traditional, Christmas : There Is No Rose of Such Virtue (English)
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1420

>Anonymous, English : Caligo terrae scinditur / Virgo Maria, motet
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 13th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Princeps pacis
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, Notre Dame School : Mors vite propitia
  • Performer: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Conductor: Martin Best
  • Ensemble: Martin Best Medieval Ensemble
  • Running Time: 1 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 11th Century