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A Victorian Noël: Robin Petrie

A Victorian Noël: Robin Petrie

Catalog Number: GM115
Label: Gourd Music
Format: CD

Available: 2
Price: $14.99

Robin Petrie, hammered dulcimer
Cheryl Ann Fulton, harp
Shira Kammen, violin
Tom Constanten, piano
Barry Phillips, cello
Danny Carnahan, guitar & octave mandolin

An enchanting companion album to A Victorian Christmas... Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans officially outlawed all festivals, including the ancient Yuletide celebrations so beloved by the people. In rediscovering the ancient feast of Christmas, the Victorians searched throughout Europe to find old carols, transporting them across borders and language barriers. Here is a collection of well-known melodies from Provence: Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella; Burgandy: Patapan; Germany: O, Tannenbaum; France: Wherefore This Great Joy (Angels We Have Heard on High) - along with lesser-known gems from Poland, Alsace, Sicily, Finland, Holland, Austria, Catalonia, Denmark, Galicia and the Basque country.

Robin Petrie has been performing popular and seldom-heard dulcimer music since 1980. She is heard regularly on National Public Radio and has appeared in Europe and across North America with Danny Carnahan. The two have recorded five albums: Cut and Run, Two for the Road, Continental Drift, Journeys of the Heart and No Regrets. Robin's sparkling "Indie" award-winning style can be heard on other Gourd albums including A Victorian Christmas, Oktober County, Dream of the Manatee, Simple Gifts, The World Turned Upside Down, Tree of Life, Autumn in the Valley and Wondrous Love. The instrument shown on A Victorian Noël is Robin's restored 1875 Mackenzie Piano Harp, patented and built in Minneapolis along the lines of a small spinet. About 30 Mackenzie piano harps are known to survive today.

Track ListingTimeMP3
1Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella (Provençal) Il Est Né, le Divine Enfant (French)3:10
2Infant Holy (Polish) / I Saw Three Ships (English) / The Builders (French)4:00
3At the Nativity (Alsatian) / Bethlehem's Stall (Basque)3:46A Victorian Noël: Robin Petrie - At the Nativity (Alsatian) / Bethlehem's Stall (Basque)
4Fum Fum Fum (Catalan) / Patapan (Burgundian)2:19
5Christ Is Born in Bethlehem (Catalan) We'll Speak Very Softly (Galician)4:52
6O, Tannenbaum (German) / Lippai (Austrian)3:04A Victorian Noël: Robin Petrie - O, Tannenbaum (German) / Lippai (Austrian)
7Lovely Is the Dark Blue Sky (Danish) / Come Hear the Wonderful Tidings (Bohemian)2:32
8In Dulci Jubilo (German) / Shepherd's Cradle Song (German) / Canzone d'i Zampognari (Sicilian)3:54
9Gabriel's Message Does Away (Finnish/English) Adam and His Helpmate (Provençal)3:26A Victorian Noël: Robin Petrie - Gabriel's Message Does Away (Finnish/English) Adam and His Helpmate (Provençal)
10Masters in This Hall (French) Wherefore This Great Joy (French)4:28
11To Bethlehem (Basque) / The Message (Dutch)3:43
12As Lately We Watched (Austrian)1:48A Victorian Noël: Robin Petrie - As Lately We Watched (Austrian)
13Un Flambeau, Jeanette, Isabella (Reprise)1:18