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Day IN THE CITY OF BOSTON
Folks, it was a great party.
As our June 18 50th anniversary performance at the Boston Early Music Festival drew to an end (Carmina Burana, huge audience, monster ovation), Camerata musicians from the ‘pioneer’ days of the 1950’s joined us onstage (see photo), the lights dimmed, a sumpuous birthday cake was wheeled out by a posse of local kids, and board chairman Sandi Bagley read a declaration from the Boston City Council. It was Boston Camerata Day in our hometown, the city of Boston, and we couldn’t have been more pleased.
Our thanks to Camerata pioneers Richard Conrad, Charles Fassett, Victor Mattfeld (Joel Cohen’s acknowledged mentor and guide), Daniel Pinkham, and Friedrich and Ingeborg von Huene for being with us, as well as to the many other Camerata collaborators, past and present, who were among the Jordan Hall audience. Such a reunion/celebration, besides honoring the memory of the many, many folks who helped Camerata make it to this point, is also a wonderful launch for the next half-century. Please fasten your seat belts.
CLASSICS TO ISSUE
A good starter event for the second 50 years too shape in late June and early July as the international cast of “A Mediterranean Christmas”, the smash-hit production from December, 2005, reunited at the Church of the Covenant, Boston. The purpose: to record the musical production for CD release by London-based Warner Classics. David Griesinger, distinguished sound artist for many of Camerata’s previous recoirdings, was once again the engineer. Digital editing was completed in late July, and you can expect this new release, Camerata’s first in several seasons, to be available this fall. Joel and David tell us they are very happy with the result.
CLASSIC CD RECORDINGS
As you know, when Erato closed its doors several years back,
we were quite concerned about the future of Camerata’s numerous recordings for that
French label. We are pleased to report that Warner Classics, which inherited
the Erato master tapes, has undertaken an ambitious program of reissues, and
that many of the Camerata’s finest recorded achievements are once again
in print, from the Carmina Burana to Johnny Johnson. Please click
here for information on how to obtain these titles. Yes, there
are more coming still!
PARIS GIVES CAMERATA
A BIRTHDAY PARTY
CAMERATA'S STRENUOUS (BUT MUSICAL) SPRING
SUMMER WORKSHOP DATES NOW SET
Inscriptions for our ninth annual summer workshop in medieval song are now open. The place, as always, is the magnificent hilltop village of Coaraze, in southern France, just a few miles from the Italian border. Our guest instructor in instrumental accompaniment is the distinguished early harp specialist Cheryl Anne Fulton, and as always Anne Azéma, Joel Cohen, and Pierre Bec will be present to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for troubadours, trouvères, and related repertoires. The dates this year are August 20 to 28, and you can find out more by clicking here
Please have a look at the record listings. The Boston Camerata has made lots of recordings (more, we guess, then any other early-music group in the New World). Many of these recorded programs have won international awards and distinctions. They all contain terrific music. In the recording links we invite you to explore, you can find tracklistings and/or extensive program notes for most of the titles, some song texts, and now even a few
Besides all this interesting material you can browse for free, you can even buy the music from us (hint). Yes, we have to charge a little more than Amazon or CD Now, but we offer personalized service. And you have the satisfaction of knowing that your music-purchase dollars help support real, live musicians, not some faceless Wall Street suits....
We welcome your inquiries. We sell tickets to Boston-area Camerata concerts, Camerata's highly acclaimed CD's on Erato, Nonesuch, and Harmonia Mundi (here is another chance to consult the current discography ), and other good stuff. All profits from merchandise sales go towards supporting future Boston Camerata projects.
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