Delightful, spirited renaissance Christmas program.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a delightful, spirited renaissance Christmas program. The instrumental ensemble of strings, lute, cittern, recorder, etc. plays in the style of the Baltimore Consort. Vocalist Sandra Simon has a sweeter voice than the Baltimore Consort's singer -- she sounds like an angel. Highly recommended."
Wonderful! But Amazon's track list is incomplete...
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with Jeffrey Stone's review that this is a delightful, spirited program in the style of the Baltimore Consort (and both groups share Mark Cudek). The entire program is in 17th century styles (i.e. Baroque), and performed with energetic expression. I particularly enjoy the flexible continuo playing. The group's original arrangements in 17th century fashion are also marvelous; the only (very small) quibble I would have is that I think the "Il est ne, le divin enfant" arrangement would sound more natural if the group accented it on the opposite half of each measure (reverse the weak and strong alternation). I'm writing mostly to correct problems with Amazon's listing:"Apollo's Fire" and "Cleveland Baroque Orchestra" are not two separate entities. And the complete track listing is as follows:1. Il est ne le divin enfant (instrumental) - trad. French; 2. Sussex Carol - trad. English; 3. The Old Yeare Now Away is Fled - trad. English; 4. Guillo, prends ton tambourin (inst.) - trad. French; 5. Noel Nouvelet - trad. French; 6. Sonate #2 in G Minor (inst.) - G. P. Cima; 7. Sonate #1 in D Minor (inst.) - G. P. Cima; 8. Sweet was the Song the Virgin Sang - trad. English; 9. I Saw Three Ships - trad. English; 10. Mystery Sonata #1 (Annunciation) (instr.) - H. I. F. Biber; 11. A la venue de Noel (inst.) - M.-A. Charpentier; 12. Or nous dites, Marie (inst.) - Charpentier; 13. Tell Me, Some Pitying Angel! (The Blessed Virgin's Expostulation) - Henry Purcell; 14. Vous qui desirez sans fin (inst.) - Charpentier; 15. Joseph est bien marie (inst.) - Charpentier; 16. El Noi de la Mare - trad. Catalan; 17. El Cant dels Ocells (inst.) - trad. Catalan; 18. Fum, fum, fum! (inst.) - trad. Spanish; 19. Entre le boeuf et l'ane gris - trad. French; 20. Riu, riu, chiu - trad. Spanish.This CD is also available on the Eclectra label (Quebec) with the same catalogue number: 2041."