Sacrum Mysterium: Sacred Mystery

A Celtic Christmas Vespers

$23.00

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.”
–INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW (UK)

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

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

BUY NOW

SKU: AV2269 (CD+DVD) Categories: ,

“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

PART I: A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

1. PROCESSIONAL: Oikan ayns Bethlehem (The Babe in Bethlehem) | Manx Gaelic Carol

2. Duan Nollaig | Scottish Gaelic Carol

FROM THE VESPERS OF ST KENTIGERN, PATRON SAINT OF GLASGOW

3. Deus in adjutorium – Alleluia | Alleluia by Jeannette Sorrell
4. Responsorium: Gloria Patri
5. Hymnus: Iste confessor Domini

6. Alleluia | Jeannette Sorrell

7. The Road to Lisdoonvarna | Traditional Irish jig

OFFERTORY & CAROLS

8. Veni, veni, Emmanuel | 12th-century carol
9. Nowell, Nowell, Tydings Trew | 15th-century carol

10. Noël nouvelet | 15th-century French/Breton carol
11. Sussex Carol (On Christmas Night) | Traditional English
12. Come, My Children Dere | 17th-century Scottish carol
13. Wat ye what I got yestreen | Skene MS, Scottish, 1715

PART II: SONG OF MARY

14. Taladh Chriosda (Christ Child’s Lullaby) | Scottish Gaelic lullaby

15. Hodie, Christus natus est

FROM THE VESPERS OF ST KENTIGERN, PATRON SAINT OF GLASGOW

16. Magnificat anima mea
17. Antiphon de Maria ad Vesperas

HYMN & CAROLS

18. HYMN: All Sons of Adam, Sing Nowell!
19. What Child is This? | Tune: My Lagan Love, traditional Irish air

20. Usheg veg ruy (Little Red Bird) | Manx Gaelic lullaby

21. O’Carolan’s Cup | Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738)
22. O’Carolan’s Favorite Jig | Turlough O’Carolan

23. At Work on the Land/Tatter Jack Walsh

24. The Seven Rejoyces of Mary | Traditional Irish carol
25. POSTLUDE: Christmas Eve | Irish reel

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

Menu