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AV 2269

Sacrum Mysterium - A Celtic Christmas Vespers

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2012

Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Apollo's Fire - The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra


Jeanette Sorrell


Jesse Blumberg

baritone

Emily Hall

soprano

Amanda Powell

soprano

Julie Andrijeski

violin

Olivier Brault

violin

Apollo's Singers



Venue:

St Paul's Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

12-14 Dec 2011

Producer:

Erica Brenner



Engineer:

Thomas Knab



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Baroque

Total Time - 68:55
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  Sacrum Mysterium  
   
  Part I: A Light In The Darkness  
 

MANX GAELIC CAROL

1 

Processional: Oikan ayns Bethlehem

5:44
  (The Babe in Bethlehem)  
 

SCOTTISH GAELIC CAROL

2 

Duan Nollaig

1:47
   
  From The Vespers of St Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow  
 

SOURCE: SPROUSTON MS, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, 13TH CENTURY

3 

Deus in adjutorium - Alleluia

1:12
  Alleluia by Jeannette Sorrell  
4 

Responsorium - Gloria Patri

2:37
5 

Hymnus: Iste confessor Domini

2:29
   
6 Alleluia 1:34
  Jeannette Sorrell  
7 The Road to Lisdoonvarna 1:45
  Traditional Irish Jig  
   
  Offertory & Carols  
 

12TH CENTURY CAROL

8 

Veni, veni, Emmanuel

3:08
 

15TH CENTURY CAROL

9 

Nowell, Nowell, Tydings Trew

3:07
  Amanda Powell (narration), Jesse Blumberg (Gabriel), Ashley Lingenhoel (Mary)  
 

15TH CENTURY FENCH/BRETON CAROL

10 

Noel nouvelet

2:59
  Oxford English text  
 

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH

11 

Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night)

2:37
   
 

17TH CENTURY SCOTTISH CAROL, ARR. ALEXANDER MONTGOMERIE & JS

12 

Come, My Children Dere

2:56
   
 

SKENE MS, SCOTTISH, 1715

13 

Wat yet what I got yestreen

3:14
   
  Part II: Song of Mary  
 

SCOTTISH GAELIC LULLABY

14 

Taladh Chriosda (Christ Child's Lullaby)

3:55
 

ANON

15 

Hodie, Christus natus est

1:06
  Gregorian Antiphon to the Magnificat, Vespers for Christmas Day  
   
  From the Vespers of St Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow  
16 

Magnificat anima mea

3:16
17 

Antiphon de Maria ad Vesperas - Benedicamus

1:32
   
  Hymn & Carols  
18 

Hymn: All Sons of Adam, Sing Nowell!

3:10
  Tune from Forbes, Songs & Fancies, Aberdeen, 1662  
 

TRADITIONAL IRISH

19 

What Child is This?

3:40
  Tune: My Lagan Love  
 

MANX GAELIC LULLABY

20 

Usheg veg ruy (Little Red Bird)

3:29
   
 

TURLOUGH O'CAROLAN

21 

O'Carolan's Cup

2:11
 Olivier Brault violin
22 

O'Carolan's Favourite Jig

1:41
 Julie Andrijeski violin
   
  arr. Tina Bergmann and * Jem Moore  
23 

At Work on the Land / Tatter Jack Walsh *

4:01
  Tine Bergmann, hammered dulcimer; with Kathie Stewart, flute  
 

TRADITIONAL IRISH

24 

The Seven Rejoyces of Mary

3:40
   
 

IRISH REEL

25 

Postlude: Christimas Eve

2:05
   


 “Oikan ains Bethlehem.” With these Gaelic words, a candle is lit, a procession is launched, and a haunting Christmas journey unfolds. Sacrum Mysterium, Apollos Fire’s hugely popular Celtic Christmas program, which premiered in six sold-out concerts in their home base of Cleveland last December, arrives on this album for the 2012 holiday season. Long before Christianity took hold in Scotland and Ireland, the ancient Celts celebrated the Winter Solstice and the coming of light and hope. The echoes of Paganism still resounded in the 13th and 14th centuries, when faithful Scots sang the Vespers of St. Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow. Jeannette Sorrells new celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves selections from the medieval Vespers of St. Kentigern with ancient pagan carols and popular tunes from 17th-century Welsh and Scottish manuscripts for lute and harp. Joyous fiddle tunes and Irish dances burst forth against the vivid backdrop of the unfolding Christ story. The colorful sounds of antiphonal bagpipes, archlute, harp, percussion, fiddles and recorders are blended in musical arrangements by Sylvain Bergeron and Sorrell. The early-music ensemble La Nef of Montreal joins Apollos Fire for this international collaboration featuring the radiant Canadian soprano Meredith Hall.

 

"...If there’s one Christmas CD I’d be asking Santa for this year, this would be it."

Robert Levett - International Record Review - December 2012


"...This is a very well thought-out and produced recording which is original in concept and has a variety of moods. You might want to play certain parts at different times to suit the occasion but it will make a good present for someone whose usual response is “I’ve got those Carols already!’ ... the title is slightly misleading. The disc is in fact full of variety and I trust it won’t put off buyers. I look forward to catching up on Apollo’s Fire and the other performers’ back catalogue and to their future releases."
 
David R Dunsmore - MusicWeb-International.com - 19 November 2012

                        Performance ***     Recording *****
"... here’s a baroque ensemble based in Cleveland Ohio, playing period instruments from central Europe, in music from the medieval Celtic tradition. This type of fusion is increasingly popular, and Apollo’s Fire do it enthusiastically..."

Terry Blain - BBC Music magazine - Christmas 2012




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