Sacrum Mysterium: Sacred Mystery


Debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Classical Chart!

“If there’s one Christmas CD I’d be asking Santa for, this would be it.”

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

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

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“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.”

“A mixture of passion and reverence… If there’s one Christmas CD I’d be asking Santa for, this would be it.”

“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.”

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

“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. Overall, this is a great disc… that will definitely receive a lot of play during the holiday season.”

“The U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.” –CLASSICAL MUSIC MAGAZINE (UK)

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