Sacrum Mysterium - A Celtic Christmas Vespers / Sorrell, Apollo's Fire [CD & Bonus DVD]

Release Date: 9/11/2012
Label: Avie
Catalog Number: AV2269
Number of Discs: 2

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Works on This Recording
1. Oikan ayns Bethlehem by Traditional
Performer: Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Meredith Hall (Soprano)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Nef, Apollo's Fire
2. What child is this? by Traditional
Performer: Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Apollo's Fire, La Nef
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; England
3. Duan nollaig by Traditional
Performer: Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Apollo's Fire, La Nef
Period: Classical
4. Wat ye what I got late yestreen by Traditional
Performer: Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Apollo's Fire, La Nef
Period: Classical
Written: 1715 ; Scotland
5. Usheg Veg Ruy by Traditional
Performer: Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Apollo's Fire, La Nef
6. Christmas Eve by Traditional
Performer: Meredith Hall (Soprano), Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: La Nef, Apollo's Fire
7. Taladh Chriosta by Traditional
Performer: Meredith Hall (Soprano), Jesse Blumberg (Baritone), Sylvain Bergeron (Archlute)
Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell
Orchestra/Ensemble: Apollo's Fire, La Nef
Notes and Editorial Reviews
"Oikan ains Bethlehem." With these Gaelic words, a candle is lit, a procession is launched, and a haunting Christmas journey unfolds. Sacrum Mysterium, Apollo's Fire's hugely popular Celtic Christmas programme, which they premiered in six sold-out concerts in their home base of Cleveland last season, arrives on CD 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. Jeannette Sorrell's celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves selections from medieval Vespers with ancient pagan carols and popular tunes from 17th-century Welsh and Scottish manuscripts. Joyous fiddle tunes and Irish dances burst forth against the vivid backdrop of the unfolding Christ story. The colourful sounds of antiphonal bagpipes, archlute, harp, percussion, fiddles and recorders are blended in musical arrangements by Sylvain Bergeron and Sorrell. The Montreal-based early-music ensemble La Nef joins Apollo's Fire for this international collaboration featuring the radiant Canadian soprano Meredith Hall. The CD is complemented with a bonus DVD featuring several songs from the album. Sacrum Mysterium joins Apollo's Fire's critically acclaimed, Billboard chart topping discography on AVIE. critical acclaim 'A grand holiday stew made from deliciously blended sacred and secular ingredients ... An affecting and exuberant gathering ... From utter simplicity to heartfelt passion" - Cleveland Plain Dealer
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