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A Medieval Christmas / Cohen, Boston Camerata


Release Date: 09/13/1991 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 71315   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Boston Camerata's Medieval Christmas is a challenging and refreshing holiday album. Usually, when traditional or olde carols are performed, they are contemporized in some way. That's not the case with Medieval Christmas. Everything is given faithful arrangements and is performed faithfully. It's music that is strangely familiar and strangely foreign at the same time. The end result is an enchanting, entirely original holiday album worth investigating by any listener tired of the same-old same-old.

– Rodney Batdorf, AllMusic.com
Boston Camerata's Medieval Christmas is a challenging and refreshing holiday album. Usually, when traditional or olde carols are performed, they are contemporized in some way. That's not the case with Medieval Christmas. Everything is given faithful arrangements and is performed faithfully. It's music that is strangely familiar and strangely foreign at the same time. The end result is an enchanting, entirely original holiday album worth investigating by any listener tired of the same-old same-old.

– Rodney Batdorf, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Isaiah's Prophecy by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 0 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Hebrew 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "Iudicii signum." 
2. Iudicii signum "The Sybil's Prophecy" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 10th Century; Spain 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "Isaiah's Prophecy." 
3. Adest sponsus by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4. Oiet, virgines "Gabriel's Prophecy" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
5. Domino by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6. Conditor alme siderum by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "Verbum caro factum est." 
7. Verbum caro factum est by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 15th Century; Italy 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "Conditor alme siderum." 
8. Iudea et Iherusalem by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; Paris, France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 8 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: A reading by Nicholas Linfield precedes this selection. He reads from an Old Saxon version of the Gospel according to St. John entitled "On frymde wæs Word," (book 1, verses 1 to 14). 
9. Gedeonis area by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10. Ave maris stella by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a reading from "The Prioress' Tale" by Geoffrey Chaucer entitled "O moder mayde," read by Nicholas Linfield.
This selection shares a track and timing with "O maria, deu maire." 
11. O Maria, deu maire by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 13th Century; France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Notes: This selection is sung in Provençal.
It shares a track and timing with "Ave maris stella." 
12. Ave Maria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13. Gaude Maria by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track with "Joseph, liber nefe min." 
14. Joseph, liber nefe min by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 14th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: This selection whares a track with "Gaude Maria." 
15. Congaudet hodie/In dulci iubilo by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12/15th Century; Spain 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: In this selection, a 12th-century Catalan conductus, "Congaudet hodie" is sung with a 15th-century Dutch instrumental refrain, "In dulci iubilo."
This selection shares a track and timing with the following setting of "In dulci iubilo." 
16. In dulci jubilo by Traditional
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection shares a track and timing with "Congaudet hodie/In dulci iubilo." 
17. Lux hodie...Orientis partibus "Donkey's Carol" by Anonymous
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Medieval 
Written: 12th Century; France 
Venue:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Latin and Old French. It is preceded by a reading of a 14th-century English text, "Hand by hand we shule us take," read by Nicholas Linfield. 

Customer Reviews

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 Got me started on Early Music November 28, 2013 By David Emery Emery (Reston, VA) See All My Reviews "This is the best of the three Boston Camerata Christmas Albums (others being Renaissance Christmas and Sing We Noel), that first got me interested in Early Music." Report Abuse
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