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Wexford Carol

First line:
Good people all, this Christmas time
traditional Irish carol
author of text

Also known as the Enniscorthy Carol, referring to the provincial Wexford town where it was collected by W H Grattan Flood (d1928), this native Irish piece dates back to the twelfth century. Its short verses focus on the scenes surrounding the birth of the Messiah heralded by the prophets as a gift from God 'to end all strife'.

The traditional Irish melody shines forth in this atmospheric setting scored for solo tenor, choir, strings and continuo. Its beguiling beauty is simply expressed throughout by the solo tenor but with the evocation of the apparition of the angel to the shepherds, the choir weaves its lines in a free rendition.

from notes by Máire Egan-Buffet © 2020


Be all merry
Studio Master: SIGCD643Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD643 [4'52] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD643 track 7

Recording date
1 March 2020
Recording venue
Blackrock College, County Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Be all merry (SIGCD643)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: October 2020
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