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Oxford Camerata: Medieval Carols

Ave Maria
What Tiding's Bringest Thou
O Virdissima Virga
Alma Redemptoris Mater
Deo Gracias Anglia
Be Merry Be Merry
Riu Riu Chiu
There Is No Rose
Planctus Guillelmus
Eya Mater Stephane
Gaudate Christus Est Natus
Hail Mary Full Of Grace
Now We May Singen
Nowell Sing We
Planctus David

Directed by Jeremy Summerly

In 15th-century England a tradition grew up for the composition of polyphonic carols. None of them is ascribed to a specific composer or poet, neither is their function completely understood. The form is that of alternating verses and burdens (refrains), the language generally being a mixture of Latin and English. The majority of the carols have sacred texts and it is possible that these were designed for liturgical use. Others are moralistic or celebratory and were possibly used to enliven feasts and banquets in aristocratic households or for recreational purposes at educational establishments. This CD is (along with the selection of songs from the Piae Cantiones) the Camerata's smallest-scale recording project. Only four voices are used throughout (Rebecca Outram, Deborah Mackay, Philip Cave, and Jeremy Summerly) although one of the tracks does also involve Jeremy Summerly playing the tambourine! The Christmas spirit was well captured by arranging to record this CD in December in sub-zero temperatures. The project attracted much attention and ulitmately resulted in the milennial publication of a volume of medieval songs and carols by Faber Music entitled Passetime with good company!

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Item code: 8456C | 1 CD | $12.98 |add item to cart
Early Music  | A Cappella | Mixed | England
8550751

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