Apollo's Fire - Noël nouvelet from Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers, Pt. 5/9




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Published on Oct 28, 2012

Highlights from the new CD/DVD by Apollo's Fire, released on Avie Records in Sept. 2012.
Filmed at Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, OH - December 2011.

Apollo's Fire Baroque Orchestra
Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
with Ensemble La Nef of Montréal - Sylvain Bergeron, archlute/director
Meredith Hall, soprano
Jesse Blumberg & John Buffett, baritones
Steve Player, dancer/guitar

Noël nouvelet / 15th century French/Breton carol, Oxford English text

Long before Christianity took hold in Scotland and Ireland, the ancient Celts celebrated the Winter Solstice and the coming of light and hope. The echoes of Paganism still resounded in the 13th and 14th centuries, when faithful Scots sang the Vespers of St. Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow. This celebration of Celtic artistic traditions, created by Jeannette Sorrell and Sylvain Bergeron, interweaves selections from the medieval Vespers of St. Kentigern with ancient pagan carols and popular tunes from 17th-century Welsh and Scottish manuscripts for lute and harp.

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"An affecting and exuberant gathering. From utter simplicity to heartfelt passion... Meredith Hall wraps her limpid soprano around every crucial word. As always, Sorrell has paid scrupulous attention to detail in shaping an experience in musical and theatrical terms. Apollo's Fire and La Nef weave elegant international virtuosity into a series of glistening and rambunctious musical fabrics." -- Cleveland Plain Dealer

Olivier Brault & Julie Andrijeski, violin
Karina Fox, viola
René Schiffer, cello
Kathie Stewart, wooden flutes
Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer

Elise Guay, recorder & bagpipes
Robin Grenon, harp
Betsy MacMillan, viola da gamba
Patrick Graham, percussion

Video Production: Travis Pollert Film and Video
Audio Production: Erica Brenner, producer/Thomas Knab, engineer


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