A Boston Camerata Christmas

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
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: 825646941506
  • Catalog Number: 516241
  • Sales rank: 139,543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Watchman of Zion, hymn - Anne Azema & Anonymous, American (1:09)
  2. 2 Kingsbridge, hymn - Anonymous, American & Joel Frederiksen (3:25)
  3. 3 Bozrah, hymn - Boston Camerata & Anonymous, American (2:56)
  4. 4 Baptismal anthem - Anne Azema & Benjamin Franklin White (1:32)
  5. 5 A Christmas Hymn - Anonymous, American & Joel Frederiksen (1:52)
  6. 6 Christmas Medley: A Virgin Most Pure / A Virgin Unspotted - Anne Azema & William Hite (3:39)
  7. 7 Boston. For Christmas (John Wyeth's Repository of Sacred Music Part Second, 1820) - William Billings & Boston Camerata (1:56)
  8. 8 The Heavenly Courtier, hymn - Joel Cohen & Anonymous, American (3:49)
  9. 9 Pretty Home, song - Elizabeth Anker & Patsy Williamson (1:17)
  10. 10 The Midnight Cry, carol (American) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (3:20)
  11. 11 Wayfaring Stranger, religious ballad - American Traditional & Jesse Lepkoff (1:24)
  12. 12 Slow Traveller, hymn - Anonymous, American & Joel Frederiksen (3:39)
  13. 13 I Wonder As I Wander (American) - Joel Cohen & Christmas Traditional (3:18)
  14. 14 Coventry Carol (2): "Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child" - Elizabeth Anker & Christmas Traditional (4:13)
  15. 15 Lovely Vine - Anonymous & Boston Camerata (2:12)
  16. 16 Adeste fidelis (O Come, All Ye Faithful) - Boston Camerata & Carl Thiel (2:12)
  17. 17 Still Water - Anonymous & Boston Camerata (3:02)
  18. 18 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (adapted from Handel) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (2:10)
  19. 19 Sherburne (White & King's The Sacred Harp, 1844) - Daniel Read & Boston Camerata (1:48)
  20. 20 Shepherds, Rejoice - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (1:45)
  21. 21 Fulfillment, carol (American) - Christmas Traditional & Jesse Lepkoff (1:26)
  22. 22 Fulfillment, carol (American) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (1:27)
  23. 23 Hush, My Babe, Lie Still and Slumber, carol (Kentucky) - Joel Cohen & Christmas Traditional (2:39)
  24. 24 Jesus the Light of the World, carol (American) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (3:14)
  25. 25 Joy to the World (theme by Handel) - George Frideric Handel & Boston Camerata (2:09)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Oyez, Seigneur, comment parla, carol (after the Gregorian chant "Conditor alme") (French) - Christmas Traditional & Nicholas Isherwood (1:41)
  2. 2 O oriens splendor lucis aeternae, antiphon in mode 2 - Gregorian Chant & William Hite (0:43)
  3. 3 Le jour Noël, carol (after the Gregorian chant "Fons bonitatis") (French) - Anne Azema & Christmas Traditional (3:32)
  4. 4 Lux hodie...Orientis partibus - Boston Camerata & Anonymous, French (2:37)
  5. 5 Quem vidistis, antiphon in mode 2 - Gregorian Chant & Boston Camerata (1:42)
  6. 6 Magnum nomen domini - Anonymous & Boston Camerata (1:27)
  7. 7 Lux optata claruit (conduit) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (1:28)
  8. 8 Virgo gemma virginum - Anonymous & Boston Camerata (2:49)
  9. 9 Quanto decet honore (conduit) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (1:51)
  10. 10 Ave Regina caelorum, antiphon for 3 voices, K. 32 - Gilles de Bins dit Binchois & Boston Camerata (1:54)
  11. 11 In tua memoria - Arnold de Lantins & John Fleagle (4:05)
  12. 12 Magnificat octavi toni, for 2 or 3 voices - Guillaume Dufay & Boston Camerata (7:05)
  13. 13 Noe, Noe, Noe, motet for 4 voices - Antoine Brumel & Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble (1:37)
  14. 14 Noe noe magnificus est rex pacificus - Claudin de Sermisy & Boston Camerata (2:56)
  15. 15 Conditor en francais - Anonymous & Anne Azema (2:05)
  16. 16 Chantons Noël menons joyeuse vie - Pierre Certon & Boston Camerata (2:02)
  17. 17 Branle de Bourgogne - Adrian Le Roy & Joel Cohen (1:15)
  18. 18 Or vous trémoussez pasteurs de Judée - Joel Cohen & Christmas Traditional (2:09)
  19. 19 Et d'ou venez-vous Madame Lucette? - Anonymous & Boston Camerata (1:41)
  20. 20 Bransle de Bourgogne - Claude Gervaise & Boston Camerata (1:16)
  21. 21 Disons nau a pleine teste - Claudin de Sermisy & Boston Camerata (1:38)
  22. 22 Ronde and Saltarello - Tylman Susato & Boston Camerata (1:19)
  23. 23 Nouvelles, nouvelles - Boston Camerata & Nicholas Martin (1:32)
  24. 24 Près Bethléem dans une éstable - Pierre Passereau & Boston Camerata (1:38)
  25. 25 Sur le mont de Sion - Claudin de Sermisy & Boston Camerata (1:18)
  26. 26 Mass "Sus le Pont D'Avignon" for 4 voices - Pierre Certon & Boston Camerata (2:14)
  27. 27 O l'heureuse journée - Anonymous & Boston Camerata (2:28)
  28. 28 Bransle de Champagne - Claude Gervaise & Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble (1:02)
  29. 29 Venez ouyr la trompette - Boston Camerata & Nicholas Martin (2:26)
  30. 30 Bransle de Champagne - Claude Gervaise & Boston Camerata (1:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Respondemos, Dio de Abraham - Sephardic Traditional & John Fleagle (2:17)
  2. 2 Cantiga de Santa María 340, Virgen Madre groriosa (same as Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 412) - Anne Azema & Alfonso X (el Sabio) (3:04)
  3. 3 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 (5:37)
  4. 4 Cantiga de Santa María 1, Des oge mais quer' eu trobar - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & John Fleagle (3:19)
  5. 5 Cantiga de Santa María 320, Santa María leva - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & Francoise Atlan (3:46)
  6. 6 Cantiga de Fiestas de Santa María 417, Nobre don e muy preçado foi Santa María dar - Francoise Atlan & Alfonso X (el Sabio) (5:19)
  7. 7 E la don don Verges María (Cancionero de Upsala) - Boston Camerata & Anonymous, Cancionero de Upsala (2:35)
  8. 8 Tau garçó, la durundena - Boston Camerata & Anonymous, Spanish (1:51)
  9. 9 O Magnum Mysterium, motet for 4 voices - Tomás Luis de Victoria & Boston Camerata (2:32)
  10. 10 Riu, riu, chiu!, carol (Spanish) - Boston Camerata & Christmas Traditional (2:43)
  11. 11 Christmas Medley: Calenda maia / Cuando por el oriente - Anne Azema & Boston Camerata (6:25)
  12. 12 Cum audisset Joannes - Alonso Lobo & Boston Shawm and Sackbut Ensemble (2:03)
  13. 13 Xicochi, xichochi conetzintle (Gently sleep, precious little one), for chorus - Gaspar Fernandes & Schola Cantorum of Boston (3:23)
  14. 14 Ay, ay galeguiños, villancico - Fabian Ximeno & Boston Camerata (3:35)
  15. 15 Dame albriçia mano Anton (Joyful tidings, brother Anton), negrito à 4 - Gaspar Fernandes & Boston Camerata (3:19)
  16. 16 Si al nacer o minimo, gallego - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla & Boston Camerata (5:38)
  17. 17 Tarara qui yo soy Antón - Antonio de Salazar & Boston Camerata (2:58)
  18. 18 Los coflades de la estrella (The brotherhood of the star), for chorus - Juan de Araujo & Boston Camerata (5:42)
  19. 19 Cumbés for guitar - Santiago de Murcia & Cheryl Ann Fulton (2:02)
  20. 20 Convidando está la noche, guaracha - Juan Garcia & Boston Camerata (4:16)
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