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The American Vocalist:
Spirituals and Folk Hymns 1850-1870


This is a recording about a surprising phenomenon: The vigorous survival, in the Northern part of the United States, of folk-inspired religious hymnody. It is well known that the "folk" element in American church...

Tristan & Iseult


"Tristan and Iseult," Camerata's most honored production of recent seasons, was originally conceived as a recording project. At the request of Erato records, intense literary and musical research took place during winter and spring 1987.

The Sacred Bridge:
Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe


Much of the music you are about to hear was produced in the saddest and most shamefully cruel corners of old Europe - its ghettos. Yet the Jews and Christians, though forced to live apart, were in many ways...

Cantigas de Santa Maria:
Alfonso X el Sabio, King of Castille (1221-1284)


High among the many achievements of the Spanish King Alfonso X, called "El Sabio" -- the Wise (1221-1284) is the superb collection of more than 400 sacred songs to the Virgin Mary, the celebrated Cantigas de Santa Maria.

Carmina Burana


The ages-old manuscript, that lay in the vaults of the Benediktbeuren monastery in Bavaria, did not begin with the usual devotions. On the contrary, the opening song -- meant as some satirical mime, or a dance perhaps...

Étoile du Nord


This is not the first CD to explore music devoted to the Virgin Mary, but it's unquestionably one of the most beautifully conceived and performed. French soprano Anne Azéma and Berkeley-based string player Shira Kammen breathe warmth and humanity...

A Boston Camerata Christmas


"Beautifully crafted" - Musiccriticism.com

3 CD box set.

A Medieval Christmas


The midwinter date of the festival of Christ's nativity coincides with many pagan celebrations of the winter solstice, and most particularly with the Roman Dies sol invictus ("the day of the unconquered sun")...

A Renaissance Christmas






A Baroque Christmas






A Mediterranean Christmas




Lamentations:
Holy Week in Provence


Joel Cohen may well be the best precisely where, a priori, you least expect him to be. If anyone is a many-faceted talent, it is surely he, since he undertakes, with the Boston Camerata, seven centuries of music, including, a few years back...

Simple Gifts:
Shaker Chants and Spirituals


The United Society of Believers, commonly known as the Shakers, have best been described as a Protestant Monastic Community. An old hymn of ours states "at Manchester in England this blessed fire began"...

Nueva España:
Close Encounters in the New World 1590-1690


The Age of Exploration! In our school days, we were told it was a time of heroes, and of high adventure. Later, we came to understand what terrible suffering and injustice the Spaniards had wrought in their drive for fame...

New Britain:
Roots of American Folksong


American civilisation came in large part from old Europe. So we all know -- but do we? For the myth of modern...

Trav'ling Home:
American Spirituals 1770-1870


As urban America of the nineteenth century grew and prospered, it became anxious to show itself civilized and "cultured" along the lines of established European culture. And so it was that the music of America's...

Kurt Weill:
Music for Johnny Johnson


As urban America of the nineteenth century grew and prospered, it became anxious to show itself civilized and "cultured" along the lines of established European culture. And so it was that the music...

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Shaker Songs:
A Celebration of Peace, Harmony and Simplicity


Just as the stark beauty of Shaker craftsmanship and architecture is unsurpassed, so is the haunting loveliness of Shaker music...

Liberty Tree:
Early American Music 1776-1881


Our view of the American past is shaped by many things -- dimly remembered history lessons from our earliest school days; the posturings of present-day public people; and, perhaps most importantly, by the popular media...

Le Jeu d'Amour (The Game of Love)


Love is a game, and every game has its rules. In medieval France, the rules are new and give the woman, the dame, a novel status. And the game of love, thus played out with the consent of all those involved, takes...

An American Christmas


An extremely rich recording, procuring constant enchantment on repeated hearings. Once more, the intelligence of Joel Cohen and his musicians ravishes us. The voices are superb, among others those of Anne Azéma... -Compact (Paris)

Noël, Noël:
A French Christmas


An extremely rich recording, procuring constant enchantment on repeated hearings. Once more, the intelligence of Joel Cohen and his musicians ravishes us. The voices are superb, among others those of Anne Azéma... -Compact (Paris)

Lo Gai Saber:
Troubadors and Minstrels 1100-1300


Astonishing in their diversity and grace, the circa-four thousand poems of the Occitanian and Catalan troubadours survive by the forsight of a few enlightened patrons who, sensing the end of an epoch, began...

Le Roman de Fauvel


In the year 1310 manuscript copies of a scurrilous satirical poem, the Roman de Fauvel, began circulating around Paris. Corrosive, pitiless, the poet, a mid-level government functionary named Gervais de Bus...

Le Fou Sur Le Pont:
Bernatz de Ventadorn, Troubador Songs


Every since the middle ages, the troubadours of Provence have exerted a special kind of fascination for historians, poets, and lovers of music and literature. During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries...

Golden Harvest:
More Shaker Chants and Spirituals


Recorded at the Shaker Village, Sabbathday Lake, Maine, June/July 2000.

The Unicorn


This program of old French music and poetry explores a very important but-little known aspect of the Middle Ages: the art of story-telling. Centuries ago, the frontier between the musical and literary worlds was much...

Provence Mystique


The region now referred to as the south of France was in the Middle Ages known as Proenza (that is, Provence), and was truly a crucible of creative activity that was to change for ever the relationship between men...

Pierre Certon:
Chansons & Messe


We salute the CD reissue, on Harmonia Mundi HMA 1901034, of a classic Boston Camerata program, recorded in France in 1979.


Farewell, Unkind:
Songs and Dances of John Dowland


Review of John Dowland: Farewell Unkind ( Erato CD) from Le Monde de la Musique (Paris, France), May 1996 rating: Choc (highest possible)...

Douce Beauté:
Pierre Guédron et l'air de cour


Like all true Latins, the French have always adored a good show. The splendors of opera and ballet at the court of seventeenth-century Versailles were famous all over Europe in their day -- and this century's "early music" revival in France...

What Then is Love?:
An Elizabethan Songbook


Want to hear some wonderful songs that the real Shakespeare probably knew? Check out this wonderful Boston Camerata CD, an anthology of ravishing vocal and instrumental pieces from Elizabethan England, featured in...

Musique Judéo-Baroque


The words you will be hearing on this recording are sung in Hebrew, a language evolved and first sopken in the Holy Land; yet the music which accompanies these liturgical texts is European through and through...

Requiem:
Jean Gilles


The name of Jean Gilles, which had been forgotten for more than a century and a half, emerged from obscurity in the 1950's, thanks largely to the rediscovery of his Messe des Morts. Yet this musician, whom his contemporaries considered to be...

The Brotherhood of the Star:
A Hispanic Christmas 1300-1700


A rich holiday celebration from the Spanish speaking parts of the globe: from Spain and Catalonia of the Middle Ages and Renaissance; and also from the New World...

Sing We Noel:
Christmas Music from England and Early America






With Joyful Voice






Angels:
Voices from Eternity






Music & Memory






A Symphony of Psalms:
in honor of Jean Calvin (1509-1564)


Celebrating the birth year of Jean Calvin, this live recording DVD features a range of melodies from the Renaissance and early Baroque periods. It includes works from Claude Goudimel, John Dowland, Heinrich Schutz, Salamone Rossi Ebreo and others.