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The Telling

The Secret Life of Carols - 800 Years of Christmas Music

  • Type CD
  • Label First Hand Records
  • UPC 5060216341194
  • Catalog number FHR 094
  • Release date 15 November 2019

About the album

The Secret Life of Carols brings together a mixture of the earliest medieval English carols and traditional carols from across Europe. The title is inspired by the fact that many carols have intertwined roots, dating back centuries, often to the Middle Ages, with melodies being adapted and reinvented, and new sets of words written. 
 
In the Middle Ages the term “carol” didn’t have the same meaning as today. It was merely an indication of the form of the piece which would start and end with a chorus (named a burden) and would be interspersed with verses which told the story. The word carol is derived from the Old French word carole, a circle dance accompanied by singers.

Several medieval carols including The Coventry Carol and Ther is No Rose (included on The Telling’s first album [FHR68]) are also still sung in modern arrangements at Christmas carol concerts and church services across the country. And indeed these early English carols are very much “for the people”. 

The programme on this album includes a selection of traditional carols from across Europe. Many, like the Burgundian carol Patapan, have roots going back centuries, some as far back as the Middle Ages.  There is also a personal dimension to the choice of carols, drawing on three of the roots fo the performers on the album ie Finnish, German and Irish roots (Kaisa Pulkkinen, Ariane Prüssner and Jean Kelly respectively) to include several carols which are not well known in the UK.  
 

  • 1
    1
    Lullay my child
     
    04:38
  • 1
    2
    Es kommt ein Schiff, geladen
     
    01:58
  • 1
    3
    O Jesulein Sub
     
    03:51
  • 1
    4
    Christmas Eve (Tommy Coen’s reel)
     
    01:48
  • 1
    5
    Gabreil fram evene king
     
    01:55
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    6
    Stille Nacht
     
    03:27
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    7
    Lullay, lullay, als I lay on Yoolis Night
     
    06:03
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    8
    El Noi de la Mare
     
    02:09
  • 1
    9
    Maria Durch ein Dornwald ging
     
    02:36
  • 1
    10
    Maa on niin kaunis
     
    03:32
  • 1
    11
    Verbum Caro Factum Est de Virgine
     
    02:21
  • 1
    12
    Coventry Carol
     
    03:48
  • 1
    13
    Hainilla harkien kaukalon
     
    03:03
  • 1
    14
    Patapan
     
    02:10
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    15
    As I lay upon a night
     
    03:15
  • 1
    16
    Nowell, nowell
     
    04:41

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