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This recording was added to the list of recordings on this website due to the use of both reed organ and harmonium.

My personal review:

A very impressive recording, and I like the use of the free reed instruments.

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Annie Lennox

Christmas Cornucopia

2010

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Warning: When playing this cd through Windows Media Player, the tracklist is scrambled due to an faulty entry in track 4. All songs from 4 are moved down one step. So the last song Universal Child is not mentioned in the tracklist. The disc however plays ALL tracks in the correct order.

Tracklist with detailed instrumentation

1. Angels from the realms of Glory

Annie Lennox - piano, panpipes, triangle, whispers;

Mike Stevens - bass, keys;

Mark Stevens - percussion

2. God rest you merry Gentleman

Annie Lennox - vocal percussion, whistle, reed organ, santur, ullation;

Mike Stevens - oud, drone, bass, keys

3. See amid the winter's snow

Annie Lennox - piano, harmonium, flutes;

Mike Stevens - acoustic guitar, bass;

Mark Stevens - percussion

4. Il est né le divin enfant

Annie Lennox - Rhodes piano, panpipes, harmonium;

Mike S. bass, acoustic guitars;

Barry van Zyl & Mark S. - African drums, percussion;

The African Children's Choir

5. The first Noel Annie Lennox - piano; Mike S. - bass, acoustic guitars, church organ
6. Lullay Lullay (The Coventry Carol)

Annie Lennox - Kora keyboard, Ewe drum, dulcimer;

Mike S. - bass, nylon guitar;

Barry van Z. Mark S. - percussion;

The Aficran Children's Choir

7. The holly and the Ivy

Annie Lennox - piano, flutes, African drum;

Mike S. - bass, keys, glockenspiel;

Mark S. percussion;

The Aficran Children's Choir

8. In the bleak midwinter

Annie Lennox - Flutes, Guitar keyboard, African drums, harmonium, accordian, ullation;

Mike S.- keys

9. As Joseph was walking (The cherry tree Carol)

Annie Lennox - piano, african percussion, vibraphone, flutes;

Mike S. -bass, keys, strings, church organ

Barry van Z. - percussion;

The Aficran Children's Choir

10. O little town of Bethlehem

Annie Lennox - Wurlitzer piano, pipe organ, flutes;

Mike S. - acoustic guitars, bass;

The Aficran Children's Choir

11. Silent night

Annie Lennox - piano marimba, percussion,

Mike S. - bass, music box;

The Aficran Children's Choir

12. Universal Child
(bonus track on de luxe edition)

Annie Lennox - piano, keys;

Mike S. - bass, acoustic guitars, Hammond Organ;

Mark S. - percussion;

The Aficran Children's Choir

 

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A review in Dutch

Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia
Uitgegeven: 21 december 2010 11:54
Laatst gewijzigd: 21 december 2010 15:14

http://www.nu.nl/cd-recensies/2407032/annie-lennox--a-christmas-cornucopia.html

Toen Annie Lennox in 1987 met Eurythmics een cover maakte van de kerstklassieker Winter Wonderland (youtube), voelde dat onaangenaam gezellig. Haar nieuwe kerstalbum A Christmas Cornucopia klinkt vooral erg onaangenaam.

Winterliedjes passen prima bij de stem van Lennox, zoals de zangeres reeds bewees met het nummer Cold (youtube) en de themasong van de kerstfilm Scrooge, Put A Little Love In Your Heart (duet met Al Green, youtube). Een volledig kerstalbum is dan ook een volledig logische stap.

Lennox vertrouwt hierbij vrijwel volledig op traditionals; slechts één liedje is van haar eigen hand. Behalve beproefde klassiekers waagt Lennox zich ook aan minder bekend repertoire, hoewel ze allen religieus van aard zijn.

Er gaat een zekere ernst uit van A Christmas Cornucopia. Religieuze thema’s, gewichtige arrangementen, gebruik van Middeleeuwse instrumenten en de harde stem van Lennox kleuren mooi samen, maar klinken soms ook beangstigend.


Engels

Angels From The Realms Of Glory (met fragmenten uit Gloria In Excelsis Deo) opent het kerstalbum. Het nummer werd in 1816 geschreven door de Engelse dichter James Montgomery. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen verscheen al een halve eeuw eerder.
Bijna alle nummers zijn christmas carols van Engelse afkomst, met uitzondering van O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Verenigde Staten), Silent Night (Oostenrijk) en Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant (Frankrijk). Sommige melodieën zijn echter al ouder en hebben een andere herkomst.

Onrustig

Het agnostische The Holly And The Ivy, het romantische In The Bleak Midwinter en nieuwe song Universal Child zijn de meest toegankelijke nummers.
De zware, met percussie gelardeerde uitvoering van God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen en zeer traditionele uitvoeringen van Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol) en As Joseph Was A Walking werken echter al snel op de zenuwen voor wie er met ongetrainde oren naar luistert.

Sting

A Christmas Cornucopia is in vele opzichten vergelijkbaar met het album If On A Winter’s Night (youtube)…, dat Sting verleden kerst uitbracht. Beide albums bevatten veelal nummers uit grofweg dezelfde periode en vrijwel allen van de Britse eilanden.

Van Annie Lennox verwacht je misschien geen gezellig kerstalbum zoals je die krijgt van een Mariah Carey, maar dit historische overzicht van religieuze kerstnummers is een aardig alternatief voor de nachtmis. Donker en kil is het in ieder geval.

Beoordeling: © NU.nl/Pierre Oitmann

 

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Annie Lennox
A Christmas Cornucopia
by Sal Cinquemani on November 18, 2010
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For an artist whose most famous (only?) contribution to contemporary holiday music is Eurythmics's synth-pop rendition of "Winter Wonderland," Annie Lennox's A Christmas Cornucopia is surprisingly non-secular. There's no mention of Santa Claus, no talk of sleigh rides or snowmen. Eleven of the album's 12 songs revolve around Jesus Christ's birth, which purists will say is the way it should be. But for Lennox, who, in the liner notes, says she doesn't "personally subscribe to any specific religion" and views Christ as no more divine than Buddha or Allah, many of these songs have a deeper meaning. In the ominous but beautiful "Lullay Lullay (The Coventry Carol)," for example, she sees not just King Herod murdering babies, but modern African children forced to become soldiers.

That interpretation is made manifest via miltary drums and the presence of the African Children's Choir, who sing on more than half of the songs here. Rather than record a predictable pop holiday album, Lennox draws on both folk traditions and the ancient histories say claims these songs carry with them. With its mix of choral arrangements and what sounds to these ears a heck of lot like Auto-Tune, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" marries the traditional with the modern in a daring and ultimately very successful way. Lennox's commitment to the material is palpable.

Unfortunately, that enthusiasm makes the singer sound a little bit like that little old lady singing overzealously in the pew behind you at Christmas Eve service at the start of "As Joseph Was a Walking (The Cherry Tree Carol)," but the song's inventive arrangement quickly renders that a minor quibble. After almost a dozen similarly classic melodies being reworked so thoughtfully, the album's sole original—and secular—composition, the borderline-soft-rock "Universal Child," sounds remarkably bland, like a Yuletide "We Are the World." Still, Lennox seems more inspired on A Christmas Cornucopia than she has in years.

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Music Review: Annie Lennox — A Christmas Cornucopia
Author: Frank Etier
Published: November 27, 2010 at 8:47 am

You don’t have to be Christian to be moved by the story of the birth of one that many believe to be the chosen one. Annie Lennox, who is not Christian, has recorded a Christmas album with the hopes of restoring “the hymnal heart and soulful sentiment” of the selected songs.

In the biography on her website, she states her hope that these covers will “appeal to listeners of all faiths, creeds and cultures.” Working with Mike Stevens (who had worked with her on her 2007 album, Songs of Mass Destruction) Lennox selected sacred, secular and traditional pieces (German, French and English) along with an original composition of her own for this cornucopia. One of particular significance to her is “Lullay Lullay” (also known as the “Coventry Carol“), a dark lullaby about King Herod’s murder of first-born boys in an effort to kill Jesus. For Lennox, it is brought to life in present day Africa with children soldiers. This cover is close to the traditional a cappella performance with only a string instrument and a drum which add an African flavor.

Additionally, several selections (particularly “The Holly and The Ivy”) include the voices of the African Children’s Choir from Cape Town.Lennox’s composition, “Universal Child” borrows from Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” to include children from around the world that have been and continue to be victims of man’s inhumanity to man. Her lyrics depict the world’s problems through the eyes of these children and she (apparently speaking for those who care) pledges “shelter from the storm”, a way to “keep you safe from harm” and her assistance to “spread your wings” and learn to fly. “Universal Child” ends with a clue to Lennox’s spiritually, a belief in some supreme being: “I wish to God that kids like you could be like everyone.”Lennox has a strong commitment to help children in need around the world and royalties from the sale of Christmas Cornucopia will go the The Annie Lennox Foundation for that purpose. The album ends with an upbeat “Winter Wonderland”, the lyrics of which no doubt are a double entendre for the artist and her goal: “To face unafraid, The plans that we’ve made.”

 

 

Blogcritics

Annie Lennox is now considered one of the divas of the music business, and I mean that in a very positive way.

She was first a part of The Tourists, 1977-1980, with future bandmate Dave Stewart. Her next group was The Eurythmics, who would become one of the best known pop duos of the eighties. They would place 15 songs on The United States singles chart during the decade, including such hits as “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” and “Here Comes The Rain Again.” Four of their albums would also reach The American top twenty.

Her solo career has been just as successful as her recordings continue to sell in the millions. Her song, “Into The West,” recorded for Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King, won an Oscar and Golden Globe Award.

She has just released her first album of holiday music, which is appropriate since she was born on Christmas day. A Christmas Cornucopia has now joined the group of holiday recordings that will be enjoyed for years to come.

She has chosen both well known and obscure Christmas songs and tweaked them just enough to make them unique and interesting. While she maintains their traditional nature, she uses African drums and rhythms, a thirty piece orchestra, and an African children’s choir to enhance the beauty of the music and fill in the sound.

The centerpiece of any Annie Lennox album is her voice. It has held up well over the years and remains a powerful instrument. Her ability to belt out a song or give her own subtle interpretation remains intact.

A number of traditional hymns such as “Angels From The Realms Of Glory,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “The First Noel,” and “Silent Night” are all presented in their reverential beauty. “O Little Town Of Bethlehem” is a good example of additional rhythms that allow for some unexpected turns.

She also resurrects such lesser known holiday songs as “See Amid The Winter’s Snow,” “As Joseph Was Walking,” and “The Holly and The Ivy.” The album concludes with her own composition, “Universal Child,” which moves beyond just a holiday celebration as it continues her respect and love for the African people.

Annie Lennox has created an enchanting holiday album that will keep on giving. It is sure to reappear for many Christmas seasons to come.

BBC

Could be as much a part of the holiday season as arguments with loved ones.

Ian Wade 2010-11-16

Annie Lennox would probably hate being called a grand old dame of British pop, but there’s no two ways about it – she is. Inspiring deep devotion among a large section of the public – who have her on a time-share with Kate Bush – there’s enough in the worldwide sales of 85 million and more to suggest she’s quite popular. She was actually born on Christmas Day you know, so if anyone is allowed to release a Christmas album, it’s her. And after over 30 years in the business we call show, with nearly 20 of those as a solo artist, why not?

Addressing her stately tones upon an array of Christmas standards with accompaniment from a full orchestra here and an African children’s choir there, Lennox tackles the likes of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol), Oh Little Town of Bethlehem and delivers a simply delightful version of Silent Night. She also turns her attentions to include the lesser known See Amid the Winter’s Snow, as well as exploring carols from further afield such as the traditional French Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, which is a joyfully upbeat moment among the occasionally over-familiar grandiosity of most of the album.

Good on her for actually saying it’s a Christmas album too, and not going down the pompous route of Sting’s "it’s a winter album actually" approach of last year. She does, however, finish the collection with a self-penned number, Universal Child. But while it’s new, it slots in nicely with centuries-old traditional arrangements which have become familiar anthems.

As with any festive release, the magic of A Christmas Cornucopia is best captured before the actual event itself, as come December 27 it will be as welcome as yet more turkey. But such is its quality that this collection could find itself becoming as much a part of the holiday season as arguments with loved ones, keeping receipts and watching the tree lights blur as you slowly drink yourself merry.

eThrillnet

A Christmas Cornucopia review: Christmas CDs may be just the gift to get
The Associated Press posted a number of reviews of new christmas albums today including the “A Christmas Cornucopia” by Annie Lennox under the title “Christmas CDs may be just the gift to get” – and who are we to disagree? Read the review here:

Annie Lennox proves herself a pro at mixing old and new world sounds on her first holiday album, “A Christmas Cornucopia,” which features a combination of English and French classics, along with an original song as well.

The album opens with “Angles From the Realms of Glory,” to which Lennox adds a Middle Eastern sound, and “Lullay Lullay (Coventry Carol),” features some great new vocal twists to make it a dark emotional and whirlwind. “In The Bleak Midwinter” is a calm and sleepy tune, great for rocking the kids to bed. Not wanting to stick too close to one culture, she adds a French number, “I’l est ne le Divin Enfant,” and incorporates German on “Silent Night.”

Lennox traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to record with the African Children’s Choir, which contributes to the album’s backup vocals and adds a beautiful and unique melody.

The only song written by Lennox is the last one of the album called “Universal Child,” which is one of the weakest of the group, but still holds weight due to her incredible voice.

 

 

 


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