Pilgrimage to Santiago

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Program: #07-48, Air Date: 11/19/07

Our technical director on the show has long been enamored by this 1991 project by Philip Pickett, exploring music for the pilgrimage route over two hours and four pilgrim stops; and new remastering of this classic effort on two CDs gives us an excuse to share some with our audience.

NOTE: All of the music on this program comes from a recording featuring Catherine Bott and the New London Consort directed by Phillip Pickett. The two CD collection is on L'Oiseau-Lyre and is CD # 475.9104/05.

As David Vernier writes on Amazon.com:

Philip Pickett and his New London Consort deliver one of the most entertaining performances of early music ever recorded. The album's concept was simple: to collect and perform music associated with the 12th- and 13th-century pilgrimages to the Spanish cathedral known as Santiago de Compostela--St. James in the Field of Stars. Most of the songs tell stories of miracles performed by the Virgin Mary along the pilgrim roads, but the subjects are as varied as the lives and interests of the people involved. Pickett and his cohorts use varying numbers and types of voices and instruments--and in every case they perfectly capture the character and mood, which ranges from raucous, dancelike tunes to more serene, contemplative ballads and prayers. Everywhere is evidence of thoughtful scholarship, and the liner notes sufficiently prepare us for listening. --David Vernier

Navarre and Castile
Alfonso el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria

1. CSM 103: Quen a Virgen ben servira
Las Huelgas MS
2. Belial vocatur / Tenor
3. Surrexit de tumulo
Alfonso el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria
4. CSM 26: Non e gran causa
Las Huelgas MS
5. Ex illustri
6. Alpha bovi / Domino
7. 4 Planctus
8. Verbum bonum et suave
9. Agnus Dei / Regula moris
10. Fa fa mi fa / Ut re mi ut
Codex Calixtinus
11. Dum pater familias
Léon and Galicia
Alfonso el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria
12. CSM 253: De grad'a Santa Maria
Codex Calixtinus
13. Annua gaudia
Alfonso el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria
14. CSM 49: Ben com'aos
Codex Calixtinus
15. Regi perennis
Alfonso el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria
16. CSM 159: Non sofre Santa Maria
CSM 175: Por dereito ten a Virgen
Codex Calixtinus
17. Nostra phalanx
Alfonso el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria
18. CSM 184: A Madre de Deus
Codex Calixtinus
19. Congaudeant catholici
Martin Codax
20. 7 Cantigas de amigo
Codex Calixtinus
21. Dum pater familias

CD Info

CD # 475.9104/05