Alfred Deller was one of the most important figures in the revival of early music, authentic Baroque performance practice, and folk music of Great Britain and Europe. His inimitable countertenor voice and intrepid scholarship became a model for two generations of singers and performing musicians, and his extensive discography revived forgotten masterpieces of early, Renaissance, and Baroque music.
Deller’s four Christmas albums for Vanguard straddled the worlds of Classical and folk music, and have remained seasonal favorites for more than half a century. “A Minstrel’s Christmas” combines tracks for all four releases by Alfred Deller and the Deller Consort in a program that evokes the spirit of wandering minstrels during Yuletide.
“Opening vivaciously, this collection simulates a visiting village group with pleasing simplicity… Many highlights from Deller himself, on magical form here”
– Penguin Guide