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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.
"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
APOLLO'S FIRE Olivier Brault & Julie Andrijeski, violin Karina Fox, viola René Schiffer, cello Kathie Stewart, wooden flutes Tina Bergmann, hammered dulcimer
ENSEMBLE LA NEF 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