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A Renaissance Christmas

Various Artists , Joel Cohen , Boston Camerata Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Performer: Boston Camerata
  • Conductor: Joel Cohen
  • Composer: Various Artists
  • Audio CD (September 13, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000005IXX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,845 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nowell: Dieus Vous Garde
2. Gaudete, Gaudete
3. Reading: Luke I, 18 - 22
4. Ecce ancilla Domini: Kyrie Eleison
5. E La Don Don
6. Two Fantasies on 'Une Jeune Fillette'
7. Une Jeune Fillette - Joseph est bien marie
8. Joseph, lieber Joseph mein
9. Joseph Is Well Married: Magnificat Quinti Toni
10. Esprits divins
11. Reading: Luke II, 17 - 19
12. Es is ein Ros enstprungen
13. Riu, riu, chiu
14. Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern
15. Reading: Luke III, 4 - 12
16. O vos omnes
17. Reading: Luke II, 20 - 21
18. Ungaresca
19. Nouvelles, nouvelles
20. Tau garco, la durundena
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Media Type: CD
Street Release Date: 09/11/1997

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lessons and carols September 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This cd is constructed as lessons and carols i.e. Biblical readings interspered between the music. This structures the music into seven parts: (1) rejoice, rejoice (2) behold the handmaiden (3) Jospeh is well married (4) the birth of Jesus (5) Herod and the Magi (6) the shepherds at the cradle and (7) the Good News.
Several of the pieces are well known - the Swedish Gaudete, Gaudete; the Catalan E la don don; the Spanish Riu, riu, chiu; Jospeh, lieber Joseph mein by Johann Walter; Es ist ein Ros'entsprunger by Michael Praetorius ... but the rendition and context of these pieces makes them sparkle as if new.
A minor complaint: Tau Garco, La Durundena is not provided with a translation of the words, merely a paraphrase with the comment that it is an obscure Catalan song on the nativity.
As usual, the Boston Camerata is well trained - the words are clear, the voices blend well and the instrumentation complements their performance.
This is an album that belongs in a basic Christmas collection.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Excellent Christmas Album! December 10, 1999
Format:Audio CD
A few years ago, while my belongings were in storage, among many, many other things that were stolen, I lost this CD and have been pineing away for another copy ever since. Of all the Christmas music available, this is the one I prefer to listen to the most, since for me, it embodies the true spirit of the season, and joy of man at the birth of the Savior. If anyone has ever lived in Europe for any length of time and been exposed to traditional European Christmas music, no matter if it was England, France, Spain, The Netherlands (my European home-away-from-home) or Germany, there is something on this CD to remind you of the earthy, closeness many people there still have to this most wonderful season. It is centuries and worlds removed from the "Ho Ho Ho", credit-card world we know so well in America, and for this reason and so very much more, I can personally recommend this most unique CD and commend those who have crafted it with a full and thankful heart.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply one of the best Christmas albums on the market. December 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
There is nothing to criticize on this CD, along with its wonderful companions, Medeival Christmas and Baroque Christmas. The singing is absolutely masterful; the instrumentation is faithful to what would've been used during the time period for additional authenticity. The narration in the various accents, taken directly from the story of the nativity in the Bible, really strings the different songs togheter. The various offerings from around the world connects the listener to two thousand years of Christmas tradition. We are of Catalan descent, so we were especially pleased to find "Tau GarÁó, la Durundena," an ancient Catalan madrigal, but my personal favorite is the reverent, perfectly realized "O Magnum Mysterium" (Oh, Greatest of Mysteries), which has to be one of the most beautiful Christmas songs ever written. I have heard this song performed by many choirs and madrigal groups, and this CD's version is by far the most beautiful I've ever heard.

The music on this CD is so timeless and rich in quality and history that I actually listen to it year round, but it adds a special sparkle to holiday celebrations in a way that "Jingle Bell Rock" can never hope to achieve. :) This series is a real gift to the music world and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best. October 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have had this Cd isnce it was released and year after year it delights, amazes and fills my family's heart with holiday joy. Like other reviewers have said, I agree that the quality of this CD (along with the companion CDs a Medival Christmas and a Baroque Christmas) is truly a revelation. But what I love most is simply listening to songs that aren't as well known as other carols- it connects you to the past instantly and also makes you feel the real reason for the season. Simply gorgeous and heavenly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still great after 15 years of listening December 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My mom bought this years ago and I still think it's wonderful music for Christmas. Definitely buy this album.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better... December 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Fantabulous! This is millenial Christmas music, the sort that will endure long after the stuff Americans listen to has faded away. If you like real music, have a copy of this. If you like the first art, BC can't be beat. What a job! And, outside of a couple of tiny oversights, the accompanying text is very well done.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful October 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
When people start to talk about Christmas music, this is the music that, for me at least, springs to mind. Something about the authentic sounds and instruments, and about the music itself, from a time before Christmaswas about malls, santas, spending money, and television commercials. The Boston Camerata has a Medieval Christmas recording that is also an excellent companion to this one.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This recording is outstanding! December 25, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This recording of Rennaissance Christmas carols is outstanding. With music you don't usually hear, it gives Christmas a fuller, sacred meaning while at the same time showing the fun-loving human side of the holiday.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect to set the mood for the holidays
This CD is great to listen to and learn more about Renaissance music or background music for Christmas Eve supper.
Published 3 months ago by Steven Oprea
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Christmas Album
This is by far my favorite Christmas Album. It's not Christmas if this is not playing, in my opinion the best selection of renaissance Christmas music! Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. Cronkhite
5.0 out of 5 stars A renaissance Christmas Boston Camerata
This music is a wonderful collection of ancient and varied works that enrich the Christmas season and keep it sacred.
For anyone interested in history this is a great treat.
Published 15 months ago by Indy
5.0 out of 5 stars I love, love, love it!
My cd arrived promptly and in great condition. I had a cassette tape of this recording for many years, and was so glad to find it available on CD. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Nettland
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Evocative Holiday Music
This would have received FIVE STARS had it not been for the SPOKEN WORD pieces on this album. As usual, the Boston Camerata, which I've had the pleasure hearing in person, are as... Read more
Published on January 25, 2010 by Conniec
5.0 out of 5 stars Renaissance Christmas by Joel Cohen and the Boston Camerata
Simply a delightful trip back across the centuries, long before the crass commercial exploitation of this glorious day on the Christian calendar. Read more
Published on December 27, 2008 by John G. Leddy
5.0 out of 5 stars THE one must-have CD for Christmas Music
I consider Boston Camerata's Renaissance Christmas CD to be my quintessential recording of Christmas music, due to the fine performance quality, imaginative settings, lively tempi,... Read more
Published on December 11, 2008 by janeausten76
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and fabulous. Our favorite!
These people are musical geniuses. This is our favorite Christmas album. It is so masterfully done, it is a joy and a rich experience to hear it over and over again. Read more
Published on January 11, 2003
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