This hour features a new, special CD with early music.
On this episode we share two recently released CDs containing Christmas repertoire from the Middle Ages and Renaissance: “Hodie Christus natus est – A medieval Christmas” by The Boston Camerata and “An Elizabethan Christmas” by Fretwork.
On the first CD The Boston Camerata offers an image of diversity of themes and styles within the Christmas music from Europe in the Middle Ages. Most pieces are from Aquitaine and England.
The second CD contains music from England, composed during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It focuses on William Byrd, who composed several songs for singing voice and gamba consort, also known as consort songs. These songs alternate with instrumental music of his contemporaries, especially Anthony Holborne.
1. Hodie Christus natus est
2. Uterus hodie Virginis floruit
3. Adest Sponsus
4. Oiet Virgines
5. Nos virgines
6. Amen dico
7. Veine pleine de duçur
8. Edi be thu hevene quene
9. Por nos virgen madre
10. Gregis pastor
The Boston Camerata conducted by Anne Azéma
(CD: “Hodie Christus natus est – A medieval Christmas” – Harmonia mundi HMM 905339, 2021)
William Byrd (1543-1623)
11. Out of the Orient
Anthony Holborne (1545-1602)
13. As it fell on Holie Eve
14. From virgin’s womb
Martin Peerson (1571-1650)
15. Upon my lap my sovereign sits
17. Sweet was the song the virgin sang
Helen Charlston, mezzo soprano. Fretwork with: Emma Walshe, Lucy Cox, soprano. Amy Liddon, alto. Malachy Frame, baritone. Edmund Saddington, bass-baritone
(CD: “An Elizabethan Christmas” – Signum Classics SIGCD 680, 2021)
18. The Cradle
(CD: see 11-17)