Lori Pappajohn
Celtic Harp for Christmas

This album remains a top seller for its distribution companies Canada-wide. Regularly heard in December on CBC Radio, the CD features harp, flutes, cello and bells playing a hauntingly beautiful collection of well-known and medieval carols.

Inspired by the peace and joy of the Christmas season, the tinsel and stark commercialism are stripped away and what is left is a celebration of birth — a celebration of light. Throughout time immemorial, people of numerous cultures and backgrounds have gathered together in the darkest time of year to stave off the darkness and welcome the light. When thinking of Christmas, I often recall our North American tradition with its snow-covered fields and forests and the sounds of church bells ringing out over the frozen land. Above the twilight-blue snow, high in the evening sky, stars glisten like ice. Inside candlelit churches, choirs rejoice. May this music reflect the reverence, peace and mystery of this season.
1. GOD REST YE MERRY, GENTLEMEN
traditional English Carol
2. I WONDER AS I WANDER
Appalachian Carol
3. SILENT NIGHT
Franz Gruber (1787-1863)
4. FRIENDLY BEASTS/AWAY IN A MANGER
12th century English Carol,W Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)
5. WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED THEIR
FLOCKS BY NIGHT
adapted from George F Handel (1685-1759)
6. BRING A TORCH, JEANETTE, ISABELLA
I SAW THREE SHIPS
17th century French/traditional English
7. HURON CAROL
French Melody
8. GOOD KING WENCESLAS
14th century Melody
9. WHAT CHILD IS THIS?
17th century English
10. FRANKINCENSE
comp. Lori Pappajohn
11. A VOS DONA VERGE SANTA MARIA
13th century Provencal
12. O COME, O COME EMMANUEL
13th century French