A Half-Millennium of Swiss Christmas

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Program: #03-49, Air Date: 12/08/03

From the early Medieval city of Sion, chant for the season; and from the high Renaissance, a performance by the Ensemble Lucidarium of popular devotions of the Reformation, when pop songs of the day were given sacred texts.


Note: All of the music on this program is from
the recording Le droict chemin: Popular Devotion at the time of the
Reformation with the ensemble Lucidarium directed by
Avery Gosfield and Francis Biggi; and Solitudo: Gregorgian
Chant from the Chartreux Tradition with the Novantiqua Choir of Sion
conducted by Bernard Heretier.

Support for these programs comes in part from PRS, Presence
Switzerland; with additional support from Swiss Radio, Pro Helvetia,
and the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C.

from Le droict chemin (l'empreinte digitale CD ED 13126):

--THOINOT ARBEAU: Basse danse Jouyssance vous donneray.
--Anon.: Gentil Pastoureau (from Les grans noelz nouveaulx, late 15th c.).
--Anon./BARTHELEMY ANEAU: Dieu te gard, bergiere.
--Anon.: Que ferons nous, humains gen d'armes (from Les grans noelz nouveaulx, late 15th c.).
--Anon.: Naulet pour la pucelette (from La Fleur des noelz nouvellement notes, published by Jacques Moderne in Lyons, 1535).
--Anon.: "Noel" chanton benignement (from Les grans noelz nouveaulx, late 15th c.).
--Anon.: Marie en Bethleem s'en va (from Les grans noelz nouveaulx, late 15th c.).
--Anon./ MATHIEU MALINGRE: A la venue de Noel.
--Anon.: A la venue de Noel (from La Fleur des noelz nouvellement notes).

from Solitudo (Cascavelle CD VEL 3019):

--Vesper Hymn for Advent Sunday: Conditor alme siderum.
--Alleluia for Christmas Vigil: Alleluia Dominus.
--Vesper Hymn for Christmas Mass: Venit redemptor.
--Responsory for Advent Sundays: Aspiciebam.
--Carthusian Introit for Christmas Matins: Christus natus est nobis.
--Antiphon for Christmas lauds: Natus est vobis hodie.
--Responsory Christmas Matins: Gloria in altissimus.

Composer Info


CD Info

CD ED 13126, CD VEL 3019.