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The Night of Saint Nicholas / La Reverdie, I Cantori Gregoriani


Release Date: 11/03/2017 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 442  
Composer:  AnonymousClaudia Caffagni
Performer:  Giorgio MerliElisabetta de' MircovichClaudia CaffagniRoberto Spremulli,   ... 
Conductor:  Roberto SpremulliFulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La ReverdieCantori Gregoriani
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Winter feasts like the Latin Saturnalia and the Germanic Yule, airborne gift-giving figures like the Norse Odinn Jólnir, the Slavic Ded Moroz, the Dutch Sinterklaas: from time immemorial December skies have been rather busy. Pagan patterns were readapted to Christianity – and a canonised bishop from fourth-century Asia Minor, Nikolaos, whose feast occurred near the winter solstice, merged with another bearded benefactor. Wotan’s hood and Nicholas’s mitre were mixed up, and by the nineteenth century Santa Claus was ready to don new red and white robes and to deliver toys on both sides of the Atlantic. The pieces on this recording (mainly from a thirteenth-century English manuscript) belong to the liturgy for the eve of the Feast of St Read more Nicholas: they allude to his picturesque feats, such as the rescue of three needy maidens or the taming of a storm. Readings and additional songs come from the repertory associated with this widely popular saint, celebrated throughout the Middle Ages from Italy to Iceland. Originally released in 1998, this joint performance by La Reverdie and Cantori Gregoriani received enthusiastic reviews in several music magazines: ‘For those who want to enjoy some of the best liturgical singing this is highly recommended’ (Early Music, 1999). Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Adoremus Regem seculorum, invitatorium by Anonymous
Performer:  Giorgio Merli (Voice)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
2.
Nobilissimis siquidem natalibus, antiphona / Psalmus 1 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie
Period: Medieval 
3.
Pudore bono repletus, antiphona / Psalmus 3 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
4.
Auro virginum incestus, antiphona / Psalmus 4 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
5.
Lectio 1 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
6.
Quadam die tempestate / Mox illis clamantibus, responsorium by Anonymous
Performer:  Elisabetta de' Mircovich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
7.
Vox de celo, pičce instrumentale by Claudia Caffagni
Performer:  Claudia Caffagni (Psaltery), Giorgio Merli (Bells)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: 20th Century 
8.
Lectio 2 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
9.
Confessor Dei Nicholaus / Erat enim valde compaciens, responsorium by Anonymous
Performer:  Roberto Spremulli (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
10.
Lectio 3 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
11.
Ex eius tumba / Catervatim, responsorium / Sospitati dedi egros, prosa by Anonymous
Performer:  Elisabetta de' Mircovich (Soprano), Claudia Caffagni (Psaltery)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
12.
Ex Eius Tumba Marmorea, responsory by Anonymous
Performer:  Roberto Spremulli (Tenor), Claudia Caffagni (Voice)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie
Period: Medieval 
13.
O per omnia laudabilem virum, antiphona / Psalmus 150 by Anonymous
Performer:  Elisabetta de' Mircovich (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
14.
Qui cum audissent / Clara quippe voce, responorium by Anonymous
Performer:  Ella de' Mircovich (Harp), Claudia Caffagni (Voice), Elisabetta de' Mircovich (Soprano),
Giorgio Merli (Voice)
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
15.
Copiose caritatis Nicholć, antiphona / Benedictus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
16.
O Christi pietas, antiphona / Magnificat by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 
17.
Oracio / Sainte Nicolas Godes druth by Anonymous
Conductor:  Roberto Spremulli,  Fulvio Rampi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Reverdie,  Cantori Gregoriani
Period: Medieval 

Customer Reviews

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 Timeless Early Music Performances November 29, 2017 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Performance practices change -- even in the field of early music. In the early 1990s, Anonymous 4 burst onto the scene, making medieval music sound vibrant and alive. Other ensembles built upon their success, each with their own take on the repertoire. "The Night of Saint Nicholas" was originally released in 1998. So how does it hold up after almost two decades? Very well, actually. The release is a collection of sacred music revolving around Saint Nicolas, most dating from the 13th Century. La Revier and I Cantori Gregoriani deliver performances that are beautiful in their simplicity. The ambiance of the recording site -- the Church of San Damaso, Modena, Italy -- perfectly matches the music. The reverberation fills the spaces between the notes without blurring them. I'd almost say these are classic sacred early music performances. There's the ethereal quality essential to the style. Each selection unfolds at its own unhurried pace. It evokes a sense of timelessness that not only transcends the centuries but the trends of the last 20 years. This release doesn't sound dated at all. Rather, the sound seems as ageless as the legend it celebrates." Report Abuse
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