Sacrum Mysterium – A Celtic Christmas
Sacred Mystery

Sacrum CD

2 CD – $20

“A grand holiday stew made from deliciously blended sacred and secular ingredients… Sorrell’s brainstorm embraces Celtic sources rooted both in church and countryside, with excerpts from a 13th-century service surrounded by hymns, carols, folk tunes and dances… An affecting and exuberant gathering. From utter simplicity to heartfelt passion… Meredith Hall wraps her limpid soprano around every crucial word. As always, Sorrell has paid scrupulous attention to detail in shaping an experience in musical and theatrical terms. Apollo’s Fire and La Nef weave elegant international virtuosity into a series of glistening and rambunctious musical fabrics.”
– THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, 2011

“A mixture of passion and reverence… If there’s one Christmas CD I’d be asking Santa for, this would be it.”
– INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW (UK)

“Lovingly prepared… the Christmas myth is brought to vivid life; vernacular reels and lullabies stand alongside carols and the Mass proper… with intimate, you-were-there sonics.”
– LISTEN MAGAZINE

“Magical… an exquisite program, adroitly mixing joy, solemnity and the sacred.”
– AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

“Beautifully executed.  The dances are ecstatic, the solo voices are engaging, and the vocal ensemble is wonderfully blended.  The vitality and energy are palpable, and the musicianship is superb.  Watching the group in action on the extra DVD is a special treat.  This DVD would be a wonderful addition to the early music classroom.  Overall, this is a great disc… that will definitely receive a lot of play during the holiday season.”
– EARLY MUSIC AMERICA MAGAZINE

Highlights from the DVD

Processional: Oikan ayns Bethlehem
(Manx Gaelix carol)

Debuted at #11 on the Billboard Classical Chart!

A tapestry of mystical Scottish Gregorian chant, ancient pagan carols, Celtic fiddle tunes & joyous dances – featuring highlights from the 13th-century Vespers of St. Kentigern, Patron Saint of Glasgow

Jeannette Sorrell, conductor
Meredith Hall, soprano
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
with Ensemble La Nef & Sylvain Bergeron

CD + Bonus DVD

Released September 2012


Minnesota Public Radio Interviews Jeannette about the “Sacrum Mysterium” Celtic CD

Click here to listen to the interview.


Listen to Audio Clips

Oikan ayns Bethlehem- Manx Gaelic carol
Duan Nollaig - Scots Gaelic carol
Iste confessor Domini
Alleluia - by J. Sorrell
The Road to Lisdoonvarna - Irish fiddle tune
Nowell, Nowell, Tydings Trew
Wat ye What I Got Yestreen
Taladh Chriosda - Gaelic lullaby
What Child Is This? - Irish version
Usheg veg ruy
O'Carolan's Favorite Jig - Julie Anrijeski, violin
At Work on the Land/Tatter Jack Walsh
Postlude: Christmas Eve Reel

 

Highlights from the DVD

Duan Nollaig