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New Britain / Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata


Release Date: 06/25/1991 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 45474   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousTraditionalLoyset CompèreJean Planson,   ... 
Performer:  William HiteKenneth FitchDon Saint-JeanRoberta Anderson,   ... 
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

American civilisation came in large part from old Europe. So we all know -- but do we? For the myth of modern, industrial America, that brand-new, technology-driven, rootless place is strong in the contemporary mind. American music, we tend to think, is a product of modern times and big cities.

Yet those who know and love American folk traditions are aware that the "newness" of the new world is sometimes more apparent than real. Great was the joy of English folksong collectors when, a couple of generations back, they began notating splendid versions of Elizabethan ballads from the mouths of semi-literate peasants in the Southern Appalachians. And many of the country melodies collected in Québec before the
Read more first World War have antecedents in the French songbooks of the early Renaissance.

This unorthodox recording, an intentionally provocative mix of early art song and modern folksong, is meant first of all to give pleasure -- but it is also a meditation on history, on archetypes, and on the transmission of human culture. Much of the culture of Renaissance Europe, both "high" and popular, survived in the countryside: in the Old World, of course, but also in the New. What the impatient, novelty-seeking elites of the cities and courts had rejected remained to delight rural folk even into our own time. As we have seen so often in America (and perhaps elsewhere, too) the taste of ordinary people can be at least as good -- or better than -- the judgements of an official coterie. In our roots lies our strength!

-- Joel Cohen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Iudicii signum by Anonymous
Performer:  William Hite (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century; Spain 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Great Day." 
2.
Great day by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: USA 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Iudicii signum 'The Sybil's Prophecy.'" 
3.
Cuando por el oriente by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1953; New Mexico, USA 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Calenda Maia." 
4.
La Guignolée by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: Quebéc, Canada 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Rossignolet du bois." 
5.
Rossignolet du bois by Anonymous
Performer:  Kenneth Fitch (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 16th Century; Provence, France 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "La Guignolée." 
6.
Dans Paris y-a-t-un'barbière by Traditional
Performer:  Don Saint-Jean (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: by 1914; Quebéc, Canada 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Compère's "Alons fere nos barbes." 
7.
Alons fere nos barbes by Loyset Compère
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Dans Paris y-a-t-un' barbière." 
8.
Mon père m'a mariée by Traditional
Performer:  Roberta Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: by 1914; Quebéc, Canada 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with the anonymous Renaissance song "Mon père m'a mariée." 
9.
Mon père m'a mariée by Anonymous
Performer:  Kenneth Fitch (Countertenor), William Hite (Tenor), Don Saint-Jean (Tenor),
David Ripley (Bass)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1500 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Quebecois folksong "Mon père m'a mariée." 
10.
Gabriel Nazareth by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: circa 1900; Quebéc, Canada 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in the Huron language.
This selection shares a track and timing with Planson's "Une nymphe jolie." 
11.
Une nymphe jolie by Jean Planson
Performer:  William Hite (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1587; France 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Gabriel Nazareth." 
12.
C'est en passant par Varennes by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: by 1914; Quebéc, Canada 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Arcadelt's "Margo labourez les vignes." 
13.
Margot labourez les vignes by Jacques Arcadelt
Performer:  David Ripley (Bass), Anne Azéma (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1554 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "C'est en passant par Varennes." 
14.
Branles de Village by Jean Baptiste Besard
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Il était une Cendrillon." 
15.
Il était une Cendrillon by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: by 1914; Quebéc, Canada 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with Besard's "Bransles de village." 
16.
C'est dans la ville de bytown by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: French 
17.
Il est venu le petit oysillon by Traditional
Performer:  Anne Azéma (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1475; France 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "An jenem Tag, nach Davids sag," "Barbara Allen" and "Heavenly Dove." 
18.
An jenem Tag, nach Davids sag by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1619; Germany 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Il est venu le petit
oysillon," "Barbara Allen" and "Heavenly Dove." 
19.
Barbara Allen by Traditional
Performer:  William Hite (Tenor), Herman Hildebrand (Baritone)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Il est venu le petit
oysillon," "An jenem Tag, nach Davids sag" and "Heavenly Dove." 
20.
Heavenly Dove by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1855; USA 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Il est venu le petit
oysillon," "An jenem Tag, nach Davids sag" and "Barbara Allen." 
21.
Chevy Chase by Traditional
Performer:  Don Saint-Jean (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "The Kinges hunt is upp" and "The English hunt's up." 
22.
The Kinges hunt is upp by Traditional
Performer:  David Ripley (Bass)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1550; England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Chevy Chase" and "The English hunt's up." 
23.
The english hunt's up by Traditional
Performer:  Joel Cohen (Lute)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1590; England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Chevy Chase" and "The Kinges hunt is upp." 
24.
My Love Gave Me a Cherry by Traditional
Performer:  Jane Hershey (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1650; Scotland 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "I gave my love a cherry." 
25.
I gave my love a cherry by Traditional
Performer:  Kenneth Fitch (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: 19th Century; England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "My love gave me a cherry." 
26.
Hey ho, nobody at home by Thomas Ravenscroft
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 0 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: English 
27.
When Johnny comes marching home by Traditional
Performer:  Fred Raffensperger (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: USA 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Ver: set to the text "There were three crows"
This selection shares a track and timing with Thomas Ravenscroft's "There were three ravens." 
28.
There were three ravens by Thomas Ravenscroft
Performer:  Roberta Anderson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "When Johnny comes marching home." 
29.
Mandora Book: no 16, Ladie Cassilles by John Skene
Performer:  Marilyn Boenau (Recorder), Mack Ramsey (Recorder)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1615; Scotland 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "The Gypsy Laddie." 
30.
The Gypsy Laddie by Traditional
Performer:  David Ripley (Bass)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: Ver: American
This selection shares a track and timing with Skene's "Ladie Cassilles." 
31.
The Jolly Beggar by Traditional
Performer:  Laura Jeppesen (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: by 1790; Scotland 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs. 
32.
Billy boy by Traditional
Performer:  Joel Cohen (Baritone), Margaret Swanson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: England 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection includes two versions of this folksong. 
33.
Recercada no 1 by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Laura Jeppesen (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Betty Anne." 
34.
Betty Anne by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: by 1916; USA 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Language: English 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with D. Ortiz's Recercada no 1. 
35.
Blue Bells of Scotland by Traditional
Performer:  Sharon Kelley (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: Scotland 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Ver: to the text "Singing School" 
36.
Great God, how frail "Thomas-town" by William Billings
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794; Boston, Massachusett 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
37.
Amazing Grace by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
38.
Parting Friends by Traditional
Performer:  David Ripley (Bass), Roberta Anderson (Soprano), Don Saint-Jean (Tenor),
William Hite (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Written: USA 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
39.
Halleluyah by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
40.
Calenda maya by Raimbaut de Vaqeiras
Performer:  Anne Azéma (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1197; France 
Venue:  Trinity Church, Boston, Massachusetts 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Cuando por el oriente." 

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