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A Baroque Christmas / Joel Cohen, Boston Camerata


Release Date: 08/25/1992 
Label:  Nonesuch   Catalog #: 79265   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierAnonymousHenry PurcellClaudio Monteverdi,   ... 
Performer:  Richard DuguayAnne AzémaDaniel McCabeArizeder Urreiztieta
Conductor:  Joel CohenFrederick Jodry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston CamerataSchola Cantorum Boston
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This album offers the listener a superb collection of 15th to 17th century sacred Christmas music. The melodies of the Camerata and the voices of the Schola Cantorum of Boston regale us with the Midnight Mass of Charpentier, his Noels for instruments, the short, jewel-like antiphon "Hodie Christus Natus Est," psalms and motets of Monteverdi, a cantata of Purcell, and other selections. The polyphonic church music is accompanied by the soft woodwinds of flute and recorder, violin, viola da gamba, and organ. The scholarly, meticulously-crafted compositions are part of the vast treasury of baroque church music that relies on contrast for its dramatic effect.

-- AllMusic.com

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Read more Since the early 1970s, the Boston Camerata, under the direction of Joel Cohen, has flourished as one of the best-known early music groups in America. This album from 1992 features a spirited mix of vocal and instrumental fare with the same appeal that has kept their earlier Christmas titles among the top Nonesuch sellers.

With the Charpentier Midnight Mass as its centerpiece, A Baroque Christmas favors the French repertory, which includes anonymous noels and a Charpentier instrumental suite. Complementing this group are Monteverdi choral pieces, a Schein motet, and Purcell’s dramatic solo aria “The Blessed Virgin’s Expostulation,” sung by soprano Anna Azema Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Messe de minuit pour Noël, H 9 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 29 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Latin and Greek. 
2.
A minuit fut fait un réveil by Anonymous
Performer:  Richard Duguay (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: French 
3.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 3, Joseph est bien marié by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
4.
Tell me, some pitying angel, Z 196 "Blessed Virgin's Expostulation" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Anne Azéma (Soprano)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen,  Frederick Jodry
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1693; England 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 6 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
5.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 4, Or nous dites, Marie by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 6, Une jeune pucelle by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7.
Noëls (3), H 531: no 3, Vous qui désirez sans fin by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
8.
Noëls pour les instruments, H 534: no 5, Oů s'en vont ces gais bergers by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9.
Hodie Christus natus est by Anonymous
Performer:  Richard Duguay (Tenor), Daniel McCabe (Baritone), Arizeder Urreiztieta (Bass)
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 1 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
Laudate Dominum by Claudio Monteverdi
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
11.
Non recedet laus tua, Virgo Maria by Anonymous
Performer:  Daniel McCabe (Baritone)
Period: Medieval 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Salve regina by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Daniel McCabe (Baritone), Richard Duguay (Tenor)
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
13.
Nun jauchzet mit hellem Ton by Bartholomäus Gesius
Conductor:  Joel Cohen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Camerata,  Schola Cantorum Boston
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1991 
Venue:  Church of the Covenant, Boston, MA 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: German 

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