Nowell is Sampler's best selling recording. From first rhythmic notes
of the 16th-century Spanish carol, Riu, Riu, Chiu , to the final
misty sounds of the title melody, Nowell presents a compelling mixture of
complex and elegantly simple arrangements of both well-known and rarely recorded
Christmas hymns and carols. The confluence of the mellow harp, the ringing
dulcimer, and the soaring flute produces a remarkable and memorable musical
I spent hours on the phone in 1986 trying to find Sampler Records
after a CD magazine gave a wildly enthusiasticreview to"Ornaments".
When I found Sampler, the company wasn't much more than a mailing list
operated out of thecorner of one musician's home in Rochester, New York.
Now Sampler has a data base and an 800 number, but themusic still shines
with traditional tidings of comfort and joy. Ornaments includes medleys of
French, German, and English carols and ends with a collection of dancing
carols that will have you whirling around the room.
Holiday Disc Guide
St. Petersburg Times. Florida
"NOWELL"has old-world charm and the arrangements provide a surprising
spectrum of sound, thanks to the varietyof instruments used.
The performance level is blue ribbon . . . and the good news is that
Sampler has two similar CDs by the same musicians."
The Sundav Gazette
Schenectady, New York
"10/10" Highest rating for content and sound. CD Review Magazine