Mediterranean Christmas

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Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
You could probably listen to all of the Boston Camerata's Mediterranean Christmas without even realizing it's a Yuletide album. That's not a criticism: This is one holiday CD that you won't want to file away until next year once the season has passed. An early music group that just celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Camerata is joined here by Sharq, an Arabic music ensemble, for an incredibly wide-ranging program of works: from the 12th to the 19th centuries, circling the Mediterranean from Spain through Italy and Egypt all the way around to Morocco, all inspired by some aspect of the Christmas story. And if you're aware of the context for this music, the tone of ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
You could probably listen to all of the Boston Camerata's Mediterranean Christmas without even realizing it's a Yuletide album. That's not a criticism: This is one holiday CD that you won't want to file away until next year once the season has passed. An early music group that just celebrated its 50th anniversary, the Camerata is joined here by Sharq, an Arabic music ensemble, for an incredibly wide-ranging program of works: from the 12th to the 19th centuries, circling the Mediterranean from Spain through Italy and Egypt all the way around to Morocco, all inspired by some aspect of the Christmas story. And if you're aware of the context for this music, the tone of expectation, joy, and praise is unmistakable in pieces like the lilting 13th-century Italian lauda "Gloria 'n cielo." There are carols for the Kings of the Orient, dialogues between shepherds and angels, and even a brief lamentation over Herod's crimes, but the program ends with a charming set of lullabies for Virgin and Child. The variety of instrumental sounds and vocal styles is a constant delight, beginning with the horns of annunciation -- a Jewish shofar and a Moroccan raita -- on "Madre de Deus," one of several cantigas on the program from the 13th-century Spanish king Alfonso el Sabio. Condensing almost a millennium's worth of music into their project, Sharq and the Camerata have managed to produce a unique Christmas album that will charm early music connoisseurs and more casual listeners as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • UPC: 825646256020
  • Catalog Number: 62560
  • Sales rank: 202,342

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taksîm Farahfaza, for oud & ensemble - Turkish Traditional & Boston Camerata (3:57)
  2. 2 Cantiga de Santa María 51, A Madre de Deus - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & Boston Camerata (3:24)
  3. 3 Gregis pastor Tityrus - Anonymous & Anne Azema (3:07)
  4. 4 Gloria'n Cielo (Shepherd's Adoration) - Anonymous, Cortona Codex & Boston Camerata (2:37)
  5. 5 Lux refulget - Anonymous, Aquitanian Repertory & Folquet de Marseille (3:45)
  6. 6 Cantiga de Santa María 100, Santa Maria, strela do dia - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & Boston Camerata (3:48)
  7. 7 Polorum Regina - Anonymous, Llibre Vermell de Montserrat & Boston Camerata (2:23)
  8. 8 Cantiga de Santa María 119, Como somos per conssello do demo perdudos - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & Boston Camerata (5:56)
  9. 9 O Maria Deu maire (Avec Maris Stella) - Anonymous & Anne Azema (4:15)
  10. 10 Mei amic e mei fiel, song (Occitan) - Anne Azema & French Traditional (2:44)
  11. 11 Traditional Medley: Todo logar mui ben (Anonymous Istrian); Taouchia (Anonymous, Naubat Gribt Lahcine) - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & Arabic Traditional (5:36)
  12. 12 Noi siamo i magi (We Are the Magi from Orient), carol (Yugoslavian) - Christmas Traditional & Boston Camerata (2:07)
  13. 13 Quando el rey Nimrod - Sephardic Traditional & Boston Camerata (4:36)
  14. 14 Heu, heu, heu! Quo casu sortis venit haec damnatio martis? - Boston Camerata & Anonymous, Egerton Manuscript 2615 (1:57)
  15. 15 Pastres placatz vòstre tropèu (Provençal carol) - Anne Azema & Christmas Traditional (3:48)
  16. 16 En Belén tocan a fuego - Christmas Traditional & Boston Camerata (4:30)
  17. 17 Duérmete, niño, duérme, carol (Andalusian) - Christmas Traditional & Boston Camerata (1:47)
  18. 18 Nani na ya srira, carol (Egyptian) - Christmas Traditional & Boston Camerata (1:19)
  19. 19 Cantiga de Santa María 315, Tant' aos peccadores a Virgen val de grado - Alfonso X (el Sabio) & Boston Camerata (9:33)
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Album Credits

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Boston Camerata Primary Artist
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