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A Baroque Christmas

Marc-Antoine Charpentier , Johann Hermann Schein , Claudio Monteverdi , Henry Purcell , Joel Cohen , Boston Camerata , Schola Cantorum of Boston Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Performer: Boston Camerata, Schola Cantorum of Boston
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Composer: Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Johann Hermann Schein, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell
  • Audio CD (August 25, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005J0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,451 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Minuit Fut Fait Un Reveil
2. Noels Pour Les Instruments: Noels Pour Les Instruments: Joseph est Bien Marie
3. Noels Pour Les Instruments: Or Nous Dites Marie
4. Noels Pour Les Instruments: Une Jeune Pucelle
5. Noels Pour Les Instruments: Vous Qui Desirez Sans Fin
6. Noels Pour Les Instruments: Ou S'en Vont Ces Gais Bergers
7. Hodie Christus Natus Est
8. Nun Jauchzet Mit Hellem Ton
9. Laudate Dominum - Claudio Monteverdi
10. Non Recedet Laus Tuus
11. Salve Regina - Claudio Monteverdi
12. The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation - Henry Purcell
13. Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Kyrie
14. Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Gloria
15. Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Credo
16. Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Offertoire
17. Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Snactus
18. Messe De Minuit Sur Des Airs De Noel: Agnus Dei

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent performance September 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This cd is the Baroque equivalent of the Medieval and Renaissance Christmas albums of the Boston Camerata. It has the least varied repetoire, in part because of the Charpentier Mass - Messe de Minuit sur des Airs de Noel, a work well worth having in its entirety. There are two pieces that are chant and a marvelous piece from Germany in an Italian style - Nun Jauchzet mit Hellem Ton - to which the notes say there are two sets of words, the one recorded here in praise of the Christmas festival, the other celebrating the amorous delights of nymphs. With such a delightful piece of trivia, how could the cd fail?
While the Boston Camerata gives its normal skilled performance, they are not as spectacular as they are on earlier music. They still are among the better interpreters of Baroque music, but it is not their speciality.
This is an excellent Christmas cd worthy of being in any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A warm, joyful baroque Christmas celebration December 6, 2004
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
The beautiful, varied, and well-chosen repertoire on this disc will keep you returning to it season after season. We start with a 17th-cantury French NOEL, lovingly and simply rendered a cappella by Richard Duguay. There follow some more French carols in instrumental arrangements by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, two traditional plainchants, some sumptuous madrigal-style pieces by Schein and Monteverdi, Purcell's florid and expressive vocal monologue for the Virgin Mary, and finally the most substantial piece on the disc: Charpentier's Christmas Midnight Mass, a very interesting work based on French carol themes. The performances by the Boston camerata are warm and vibrant. This early baroque Christmas disc is a real winner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love This December 17, 2013
Format:Audio CD
So soothing and also entertaining and festive. I'm no expert on this genre but I have been happily listening to this cd for the past few years and look forward to it each Christmas season. Highly recommended (but only if you like this type of chant/medieval/renaissance music).
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3.0 out of 5 stars From another time and place December 20, 2011
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The album is performed by the Boston Camerata and is reflective of Christmas music performed throughout Europe in mostly the 15th & 16th centuries. The music is a hallmark of what people would hear in the old European churchs at Christmas time. Much of it takes the form of church hymns inside church walls, which makes it a little more authentic. Some songs are instrumental and some are sung, and the languages vary, like French, German, Latin. The booklet inside provides the lyrics and English translations along with a little history of each song. For me, it's nice to hear ancient Christmas songs, to think about how long this holiday has been celebrated; it helps drive home the true meaning of Christmas.
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