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Apollo's Fire|Sacrum Mysterium (A Celtic Christmas Vespers)

Sacrum Mysterium (A Celtic Christmas Vespers)

Sacrum Mysterium

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For this 2012 AVIE release, Jeannette Sorrell and Cleveland's early music ensemble Apollo's Fire join forces with Sylvain Bergeron and Montreal's La Nef to present a festive program of late Medieval Christmas music from Celtic traditions, drawing largely on Scottish and Irish sources. Dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries and featuring texts in Latin, Gaelic, and English, the varied selections on Sacrum Mysterium provide strong cultural interest and a wide emotional range to satisfy fans of historical music and authentic practices, as well as casual listeners. The serene chants, rollicking jigs, solemn hymns, and joyous carols reveal the mixture of devout piety and secular revelry that typified Christmas music in the period, and the performances reflect the wide array of instruments available at the time, including bagpipes, lutes, recorders, viols, Celtic harp, and percussion. Meredith Hall's charismatic singing is a major selling-point because of her expressive depth and sublime vocal control, and the chorus is smooth in delivery and well-balanced with Hall and the instrumental ensemble. The CD is accompanied by a DVD that offers video of performances from the album.
© Blair Sanderson /TiVo

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Oikan ayns Bethlehem (The Babe in Bethlehem) (Anonymous)

1
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Oikan ayns Bethlehem (The Babe in Bethlehem) (Processional, Manx Gaelic Carol)
00:05:44

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Duan Nollaig (Anonymous)

2
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Duan Nollaig (Scottish Gaelic Carol, From the Vespers of St. Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow)
00:01:47

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Deus in adjutorium – Alleluia (Anonymous)

3
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Deus in adjutorium - Alleluia (Scottish Gaelic Carol, From the Vespers of St. Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow)
00:01:12

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Composer, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Responsorium – Gloria Patri (Anonymous)

4
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Responsorium - Gloria Patri
00:02:37

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Iste confessor Domini (Anonymous)

5
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Hymnus, Iste confessor Domini
00:02:29

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Alleluia (Jeannette Sorrell)

6
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Alleluia
00:01:34

Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Composer, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

The Road to Lisdoonvarna (Traditional)

7
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", The Road to Lisdoonvarna (Tradtional Irish Jig)
00:01:45

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (Anonymous)

8
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Veni, veni, Emmanuel (12th-Century Carol)
00:03:07

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Nowell, Nowell, Tydings Trew (Anonymous)

9
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Nowell, Nowell, Tydings Trew (15th-Century Carol)
00:03:07

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jesse Blumberg, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Amanda Powell, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist - Ashley Lingenhoel, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Noël Nouvelet (Anonymous)

10
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Noël nouvelet (15th-century French/Breton carol, Oxford English Text)
00:02:58

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Sussex Carol (Traditional)

11
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night) (Traditional English)
00:02:37

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Come, My Children Dere (Anonymous)

12
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Come, My Children Dere (17th Century Scottish Carol)
00:02:56

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Alexander Montgomerie, Contributor - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Wat ye what I got yestreen (Anonymous)

13
Sacrum Mysterium: Part I "A Light in the Darkness", Wat ye What I Got Yestreen (Skene MS, Scottish, 1715)
00:03:14

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Elise Guay, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Taladh Chriosda (Anonymous)

14
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song og Mary", Taladh Chriosda (Christ Child's Lullaby) (Scottish Gaelic Lullaby)
00:03:55

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Hodie, Christus natus est (Anonymous)

15
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", Hodie, Christus natus est (Gregorian Antiphon to the Magnificat, Vespers for Christmas Day)
00:01:06

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Magnificat anima mea (Anonymous)

16
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", Magnificat anima mea (Gregorian Antiphon to the Magnificat, Vespers for Christmas Day)
00:03:15

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Antiphon de Maria ad Vesperas – Benedicamus (Anonymous)

17
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", Antiphon de Maria ad Vesperas - Benedicamus (Gregorian Antiphon to the Magnificat, Vespers for Christmas Day)
00:01:31

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

All Sons of Adam, Sing Nowell! (Anonymous)

18
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", All Songs of Adam, Sing Nowell! (Tune from Forbes, Songs & Fancies, Aberdeen, 1662)
00:03:10

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

What Child Is This? (Anonymous)

19
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", What Child Is This? (Tune My Lagan Love, Traditional Irish Air)
00:03:40

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Usheg veg ruy (Little Red Bird) (Anonymous)

20
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", Usheg veg ruy (Little Red Bird) (Manx Gaelic lullaby)
00:03:29

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

O'Carolan's Cup (Turlough O'Carolan)

21
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", O'Carolan's Cup (Manx Gaelic lullaby)
00:02:11

Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Turlough O'Carolan, Composer - Olivier Brault, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

O'Carolan's Favorite Jig (Turlough O'Carolan)

22
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", O Carolan's Favorite Jig
00:01:41

Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Turlough O'Carolan, Composer - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Julie Andrijeski, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

At Work on the Land/Tatter Jack Walsh (Anonymous)

23
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", At Work on the Land / Tatter Jack Walsh
00:04:01

Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Turlough O'Carolan, Composer - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Julie Andrijeski, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Kathie Stewart, MainArtist - Tina Bergmann, Contributor, MainArtist - Jem Moore, Contributor - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

The Seven Rejoyces of Mary (Traditional)

24
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", The Seven Rejoyces of Mary (Traditional Irish Carol)
00:03:40

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Christmas Eve (Anonymous)

25
Sacrum Mysterium: Part II "Song of Mary", Postlude, Christmas Eve (Irish Reel)
00:02:05

Traditional, Composer - Meredith Hall, MainArtist - Sylvain Bergeron, MainArtist - Jeannette Sorrell, Conductor - Apollo's Fire, MainArtist - Ensemble La Nef, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Apollo's Fire (P) 2012 Apollo's Fire

Album Description

For this 2012 AVIE release, Jeannette Sorrell and Cleveland's early music ensemble Apollo's Fire join forces with Sylvain Bergeron and Montreal's La Nef to present a festive program of late Medieval Christmas music from Celtic traditions, drawing largely on Scottish and Irish sources. Dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries and featuring texts in Latin, Gaelic, and English, the varied selections on Sacrum Mysterium provide strong cultural interest and a wide emotional range to satisfy fans of historical music and authentic practices, as well as casual listeners. The serene chants, rollicking jigs, solemn hymns, and joyous carols reveal the mixture of devout piety and secular revelry that typified Christmas music in the period, and the performances reflect the wide array of instruments available at the time, including bagpipes, lutes, recorders, viols, Celtic harp, and percussion. Meredith Hall's charismatic singing is a major selling-point because of her expressive depth and sublime vocal control, and the chorus is smooth in delivery and well-balanced with Hall and the instrumental ensemble. The CD is accompanied by a DVD that offers video of performances from the album.
© Blair Sanderson /TiVo

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