In Dulci Jubilo In Dulci Jublio, the Christmas recording by internationally
renowned harpist and vocalist Therese Schroeder-Sheker features refined and
expressive versions of favorites like The Holly and the Ivy, Ave Maria, and
Lo! How a Rose, alongside thoughtful renderings of lesser-known songs from
the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries.
Schroeder-Sheker also includes her own musical reflections on the Christmas
season. Down in Yon Forest, for instance, encompasses a masterful marriage
of traditions. The newly composed melody is set to an old Appalachian
ballad that contrasts Grail-epic imagery with the ancient nature religion"s
May Queen, all the while remembering the Nativity. The harpist weaves these
elements together with a sense of sweet naivet and elegance, creating a
gently profound emotional experience. In Awe of the Nativity is equally
effective in its use of eclectic sources. In her sensitive blend of
fragments from Renaissance crumhorn music, fifteenth century English carols
and French motets, Schroeder-Sheker seems to hear both heaven and earth,
singing praises in the winter sky.
Critics praised the Denver-based artist"s sublime, seraphic voice on her
1990 Celestial Harmonies release, Rosa Mystica. As Pulse! magazine noted,
"her gentle soprano vocals have an angelic purity to them, especially when
matched with the warmth and clarity of her harp accompaniments". On In
Dulci Jublio, Schroeder-Sheker seems to possess the voice of an angel as
she explores the deeper meaning of the Nativity through a graceful and
reverent collection of holiday songs.