Boston Camerata Christmas

Boston Camerata Christmas

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The three-disc set A Boston Camerata Christmas combines complete reissues of the ensemble's An American Christmas and Noël, Noël! French Christmas Music, 1200-1600, with a compilation from another of its recordings to form A Spanish Christmas. While the enclosed booklet does contain shortened versions of director (emeritus by late 2008) See more details below

Overview

The three-disc set A Boston Camerata Christmas combines complete reissues of the ensemble's An American Christmas and Noël, Noël! French Christmas Music, 1200-1600, with a compilation from another of its recordings to form A Spanish Christmas. While the enclosed booklet does contain shortened versions of director (emeritus by late 2008) Joel Cohen's original introductions from the two earlier albums and a piece about the Spanish music, notes on the origins of the individual carols and songs are missing (they can be found on the Boston Camerata's website). But it's the music and performance that matter most. An American Christmas has become a classic recording since its original 1993 release, and 15 years later is still something of a rarity among period-performance recordings. The "early" American music may have roots in other countries and cultures, but there is something in its straightforwardness and relatively unadorned nature that makes it stand out from early European music (aside from its age). It also is 180 degrees from the typical holiday fare heard in every retail outlet in America each December, making it seem all the more wholesome and full of genuine conviction. The early music of A French Christmas is similarly plain and pure sounding -- even in its complex polyphony -- with much stronger ties to religious rites of the season. The Camerata's voices blend effortlessly, with perfect intonation, and although the recording was made in a church, it doesn't have the cold, monastic sound of other discs of French polyphony or chant. Most of it is reverently vocal, and even the instrumental pieces here and there and the dances in the last section of the disc seem to treat the joy of the season with due respect. The music on A Spanish Christmas is grouped by time period or geography, unlike the first two discs, which are arranged into sections relating to different aspects of the holiday. It starts with Medieval music, then moves to music of the Renaissance, and finally music of the Spanish New World. It is no less skillfully performed than the French disc, but it feels freer, more personable, and more celebratory, especially when the musicians' clapping provides the rhythmic impetus or the more rustic-sounding instruments -- like the oud, shawm, or sackbut -- are used. Each of the discs provide a unique view of the season that contrasts not only with other seasonal collections, but also with other early music collections. Anyone looking for something different in the way of Christmas music will be well satisfied with this set.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0825646941506
catalogNumber:
516241

Tracks

  1. Watchman of Zion, hymn  -  Anonymous, American  - Anne Azéma  - Kevin Jones
  2. Kingsbridge, hymn  -  Anonymous, American  - Joel Frederiksen  - William Hite  - Christopher Kale  - Daniel McCabe  - Kevin Jones
  3. Bozrah, hymn  -  Anonymous, American  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  4. Baptismal anthem  - Benjamin Franklin White  - Anne Azéma  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Frederiksen  - William Hite  - Daniel McCabe  - Kevin Jones
  5. A Christmas Hymn  -  Anonymous, American  - Joel Frederiksen  - William Hite  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  -  Brown University Chorus  - Kevin Jones
  6. Christmas Medley: A Virgin Most Pure / A Virgin Unspotted  - Anne Azéma  - William Hite  - Frederick Jodry  - Daniel McCabe  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  7. Boston. For Christmas (John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music Part Second, 1820)  - William Billings  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  8. The Heavenly Courtier, hymn  -  Anonymous, American  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Frederiksen  - Jesse Lepkoff  - Kevin Jones
  9. Pretty Home, song  - Patsy Williamson  - Elizabeth Anker  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  -  Brown University Chorus  - Kevin Jones
  10. The Midnight Cry, carol (American)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  11. Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad  - American Traditional  - Jesse Lepkoff  - Kevin Jones
  12. Slow Traveller, hymn  -  Anonymous, American  - Joel Frederiksen  - William Hite  - Daniel McCabe  - Kevin Jones
  13. I Wonder As I Wander (American)  - Christmas Traditional  - Joel Cohen  - Jesse Lepkoff  - Daniel McCabe  - Kevin Jones
  14. Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child"  - Christmas Traditional  - Elizabeth Anker  - Anne Azéma  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  -  Brown University Chorus  - Kevin Jones
  15. Lovely Vine  -  Anonymous  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  16. Adeste fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful)  - Carl Thiel  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - William Hite  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  -  Brown University Chorus  - Kevin Jones
  17. Still Water  -  Anonymous  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  18. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  19. Sherburne (White & King's The Sacred Harp, 1844)  - Daniel Read  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  20. Shepherds, Rejoice  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Frederiksen  - William Hite  - Frederick Jodry  - Christopher Kale  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  21. Fulfillment, carol (American)  - Christmas Traditional  - Jesse Lepkoff  - Kevin Jones
  22. Fulfillment, carol (American)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  23. Hush, My Babe, Lie Still and Slumber, carol (Kentucky)  - Christmas Traditional  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Frederiksen  - Jesse Lepkoff  - Kevin Jones
  24. Jesus the Light of the World, carol (American)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  -  Brown University Chorus  - Kevin Jones
  25. Joy to the World (theme by Handel)  - George Frideric Handel  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Frederick Jodry  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  -  Brown University Chorus  - Kevin Jones
  26. Oyez, Seigneur, comment parla, carol (after the Gregorian chant "Conditor alme") (French)  - Christmas Traditional  - Nicholas Isherwood  - Kevin Jones
  27. O oriens splendor lucis aeternae, antiphon in mode 2  -  Gregorian Chant  - William Hite  - Kevin Jones
  28. Le jour Noël, carol (after the Gregorian chant "Fons bonitatis") (French)  - Christmas Traditional  - Anne Azéma  - Ellen Hargis  - Laurie Monahan  - Kevin Jones
  29. Lux hodie...Orientis partibus  -  Anonymous, French  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  30. Quem vidistis, antiphon in mode 2  -  Gregorian Chant  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  31. Magnum nomen domini  -  Anonymous  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  32. Lux optata claruit (conduit)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  33. Virgo gemma virginum  -  Anonymous  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  34. Quanto decet honore (conduit)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  35. Ave Regina caelorum, antiphon for 3 voices, K. 32  - Gilles de Bins dit Binchois  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  36. In tua memoria  - Arnold de Lantins  - John Fleagle  - Laurie Monahan  - Herman Hildebrand  - Kevin Jones
  37. Magnificat octavi toni, for 2 or 3 voices  - Guillaume Dufay  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  38. Noe, Noe, Noe, motet for 4 voices  - Antoine Brumel  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Kevin Jones
  39. Noe noe magnificus est rex pacificus  - Claudin de Sermisy  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  40. Conditor en francais  -  Anonymous  - Anne Azéma  - Ellen Hargis  - Kevin Jones
  41. Chantons Noël menons joyeuse vie  - Pierre Certon  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  42. Branle de Bourgogne  - Adrian Le Roy  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  43. Or vous trémoussez pasteurs de Judée  - Christmas Traditional  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Cohen  - John Fleagle  - Kevin Jones
  44. Et d'ou venez-vous Madame Lucette?  -  Anonymous  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  45. Bransle de Bourgogne  - Claude Gervaise  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  46. Disons nau a pleine teste  - Claudin de Sermisy  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  47. Ronde and Saltarello  - Tylman Susato  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  48. Nouvelles, nouvelles  - Nicholas Martin  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  49. Près Bethléem dans une éstable  - Pierre Passereau  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  50. Sur le mont de Sion  - Claudin de Sermisy  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  51. Mass "Sus le Pont D'Avignon" for 4 voices  - Pierre Certon  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  52. O l'heureuse journée  -  Anonymous  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  53. Bransle de Champagne  - Claude Gervaise  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Kevin Jones
  54. Venez ouyr la trompette  - Nicholas Martin  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  55. Bransle de Champagne  - Claude Gervaise  -  Boston Camerata  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  56. Respondemos, Dio de Abraham  - Sephardic Traditional  - John Fleagle  - Kevin Jones
  57. Cantiga de Santa María 340, Virgen Madre groriosa (same as Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 412)  - Alfonso X (el Sabio)  - Anne Azema  - Anne Azema  - Kevin Jones
  58. Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 422, Madre de Deus, ora por nos teu Fill' essa ora (Sibylline verse)  - Alfonso X (el Sabio)  -  Boston Camerata  - Kevin Jones
  59. Cantiga de Santa María 1, Des oge mais quer' eu trobar  - Alfonso X (el Sabio)  - John Fleagle  - Kevin Jones
  60. Cantiga de Santa María 320, Santa María leva  - Alfonso X (el Sabio)  - Francoise Atlan  -  Mediterranea Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Cohen  -  Abdelkrim Rais Andalusian Orchestra of Fès  - Kevin Jones
  61. Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 417, Nobre don e muy preçado foi Santa María dar  - Alfonso X (el Sabio)  - Francoise Atlan  - Anne Azema  - Anne Azema  -  Mediterranea Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Joel Cohen  -  Abdelkrim Rais Andalusian Orchestra of Fès  - Kevin Jones
  62. E la don don Verges María (Cancionero de Upsala)  -  Anonymous, Cancionero de Upsala  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  63. Tau garçó, la durundena  -  Anonymous, Spanish  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  64. O Magnum Mysterium, motet for 4 voices  - Tomás Luis de Victoria  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  65. Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish)  - Christmas Traditional  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  66. Christmas Medley: Calenda maia / Cuando por el oriente  - Anne Azéma  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  67. Cum audisset Joannes  - Alonso Lobo  -  Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble  - Kevin Jones
  68. Xicochi, xichochi conetzintle (Gently sleep, precious little one), for chorus  - Gaspar Fernandes  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  69. Ay, ay galeguiños, villancico  - Fabian Ximeno  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  70. Dame albriçia mano Anton (Joyful tidings, brother Anton), negrito à 4  - Gaspar Fernandes  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  71. Si al nacer o minimo, gallego  - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  72. Tarara qui yo soy Antón  - Antonio de Salazar  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Kevin Jones
  73. Los coflades de la estrella (The brotherhood of the star), for chorus  - Juan de Araujo  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones
  74. Cumbés for guitar  - Santiago de Murcia  - Cheryl Ann Fulton  - Olav Chris Henriksen  - Kevin Jones
  75. Convidando está la noche, guaracha  - Juan Garcia  -  Boston Camerata  - Joel Cohen  - Les Amis de la Sagesse  -  Schola Cantorum of Boston  - Kevin Jones

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