TREASURES OF DEVOTION: EUROPEAN SPIRITUAL SONG ca. 1500 - The Boston Camerata • Anne Azéma

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European Spiritual Song ca. 1500

The Boston Camerata • Anne Azéma

Works by Alexander Agricola, Antoine Brumel, Josquin Desprez, Hayne van Ghizeghem, Heinrich Isaac, Arnold Schlick, Ludwig Senfl, Claudin de Sermisy, and others.

Recorded in the magnificent Abbey Church Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul, Ferrières-en-Gâtinais, France, August 28-September 1, 2017. David Griesinger, engineer.

UPC: 017685129629. Total time: 53:14.

Few things small enough to fit in the palm of the hand can inspire wonder about the limitless potential of human creativity. A collection of early Renaissance devotional objects—elegantly precise boxwood carvings of miniature rosaries, prayer beads and altarpieces, on display as part of a major international exhibition—served as the direct inspiration for this musical program.

These objects draw viewers into a private and intimate world of meditation; religious scenes carved with precision and poetry evoke a bygone world of intense spiritual devotion—sometimes tormented, sometimes luminous, but always fascinating. 

The music in this program is designed to elicit similar sensations in listeners. Originating in northern European circles, contemporary with those who produced these boxwood carvings, these spiritual pieces are not intended for grand cathedrals or public ceremony, but for personal meditation, private chapels and rooms, family houses and assemblies. Like the beads and rosaries, their craftsmanship is precise, superb; rich in subtle details, they lead us to wonder, and to contemplation.


“The performers: Michael Barrett, Daniel Hershey, Joel Frederiksen, Andrew Arceci, Shira Kammen, Carol Lewis, Fabio Accurso, and Anne Azéma are nothing short of extraordinary.

The Boston Camerata is a formidable player in the ever-growing Early Music scene and we look forward to more treasures from them.

The recording was made in the Abbey Church Saint Pierre et Saint Paul in Ferrières-en-Gâtinais and it is engineered to perfection by David Griesinger and very elegantly packaged.”

—Rafael de Acha, Music Notes,May 29, 2019  

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European Spiritual Song ca. 1500

The Boston Camerata • Anne Azéma

  1. Fortuna Desperata/Sancte Petre/Ora pro nobis Heinrich Isaac (ca 1450-1517)  - Barrett, Hershey, Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                
  1. Fortuna Desperata/O morte, dispietata Alexander Agricola (1446-1506)  - Azéma, Barrett, Frederiksen, Kammen, Lewis, Arceci      
  2. Herre lieve Herre  Jacob Clemens non Papa (1510-1555) –  Kammen, Lewis, Arceci, Hershey, Barrett, Frederiksen                            
  3. De tous biens plaine Hayne van Ghizeghem (ca 1445- after 1476) - Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                                                                
  4. Maria Zart Arnold Schlick (1455-1525) Hershey, Lewis (trebble viol), Frederiksen (lute).                                                                     
  5. De tous biens plaine Alexander Agricola (1446-1506) – Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                                                                                  
  6. De tous biens plaine Josquin Desprez (ca 1450 - 1521)  - Barrett, Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                                                                    
  7. De tous bien plaine  Alexander Agricola  (1446-1506) – Frederiksen (lute), Kammen, Barret (lute), Lewis, Arceci                              
  8. Chantons Noël, menons joyeuse vie Pierre Certon (d.1572) & Jean Daniel (ca 1520) -  Tutti                                                                  
  9. Premier Branle de Bourgongne Adrian le Roy (1551) – Frederiksen (lute), Accurso                                                                               
  10. Or vous tremoussez, pasteurs de Judée Anonymous (15th c.) & Jean Daniel (ca 1520) Azéma, Hershey, Barrett (lute and voice), Frederiksen (lute and voice), Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                                                                                                                                                                              
  11. Et d'où venez vous Madame Lucette  Pierre Moulu (ca 1540) – Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                                                                        
  12. Amy souffrés Pierre Moulu ? (1484-1550) (in: Attaignant, 1519) – Frederiksen, Barrett (lute), Acurso                                                  
  13. Pêcheurs souffrez  Pierre Moulu ? (1484-1550) & Jean Daniel  (ca 1520) – Azéma, Kammen, Lewis, Arceci                                       
  14. Ewiger Gott, aus des Gebot Ludwig Senfl (1486-1543) – Barrett, Kammen, Lewis, Arceci    
  15. O bone Jesu Francesco Canova da Milano, after Compère (1497-1543) – Accurso 
  16. O bone Jesu  Loyset Compère (1445-1518) – Azéma, Hershey, Barrett, Frederiksen        
  17. Tant que vivray Claudin de Sermisy (1490-1562)   & Clément Marot (1496-1544) – Hershey, Barrett, Frederiksen     
  18. Tant que vivray Claudin de Sermisy (1490-1562) & Eustorg de Beaulieu (ca 1495-1552), after Marot – Azéma, Kammen (vielle and harp), Lewis, Arceci, Frederiksen (lute), Barrett (lute)     
  19. Het daghet Anonymous (in: Antwerp Songbook, 1544) – Barrett         
  1. Als ick riep met verlangen Jacob Clemens non Papa (1510-1555) – Hershey, Barrett, Frederiksen, Azéma,  Kammen, Lewis, Arceci 
  2. Christe eleison (from: Missa Carminum) Heinrich Isaac (ca 1450-1517) - Azéma, Hershey, Barrett, Frederiksen      
  3. Innsbruck ich muss dich lassen Heinrich Isaac (ca 1450-1517)  - Frederiksen, Barrett (lute), Accurso (lute)           
  4. Loven so wilt Jacob Clemens non Papa (1510-1555) – Hershey, Barrett, Frederiksen     
  5. In te Domine speravi Josquin Desprez (ca 1450 – 1521) – Tutti               

Total time: 53:14

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