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Robert Maycock
BBC Music Magazine, February 2004

"An underlying idea of imagining peripatetic singers and players, who go from place to place in the same ways as waits, is brought to reality with archive recording of 34 singers and groups from right across the Slovenian ethnic territory."



Jason Serinus
Hartford Advocate, December 2003

"Slovenia, a country of 2 million, lies in the heart of Europe nestled between Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy. With singing their primary form of musical expression, the Slovenes have managed to preserve much of their traditional heritage. Songs, usually written for three or more voices, are in major keys and for the most part sung loudly without changes of dynamics or tempo. While the familiar harmonies are less engaging than those of Bulgaria and the Balkans, this is a rare opportunity to hear authentic performances recorded as early as 1962 and preserved by the Institute of Ethnomusicology of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts."



Geoffrey Norris
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), November 2003

"For something completely different from the yuletide norm, this disc of winter music from Slovenia is piquant with local flavour...there is an appealingly spontaneous, unrehearsed feel to many of the carols, sung with simplicity and sincerity...the performances themselves will carry you along on a tide of festive warmth."



Jon Pareles
The New York Times

"Slovenia, in central Europe, has held on to two kinds of unaccompanied seasonal songs: narrative songs so rhythmic they could be Slovene hip-hop, and choral songs declaimed in major-key harmonies, both originally sung by groups of English carolers. This collection intersperses the songs with ebullient instrumentals - for bells, wooden flute, accordion, hammered dulcimer or zither - that add variety."



Marc Shulgold
Rocky Mountain News

"A mix of church bells, recited and sung carols from Slovenia."






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