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And in the final section, Mother and Child, before the last great cantiga from Alfonso's compilation, one concerning the Virgin's intersession to help a troubled mother and her sick child, there is an Egyptian lullaby, sung again by Hayet Ayad, this time in Arabic [listen -- track 18, 0:00-1:15].

The performers are superb -- the Boston Camerata under the direction of guitarist and vocalist Joel Cohen, and the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble, directed by Karim Nagi. In this CD you would have a recital to provide stimulating seasonal refreshment and an intriguing expansion to musical horizons -- the sort of Christmas gift I would intend to give, but be reluctant to part with!

Copyright © 26 November 2005 Patric Standford, Wakefield UK


A Mediterranean Christmas

2564 62560-2 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 71'22" 2005 Boston Camerata Inc / Warner Classics

The Boston Camerata; Joel Cohen, director; Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble; Karim Nagi, director

Songs of celebration from Spain, Provence, Italy and the Middle East, 1200-1900. The Sign of Judgement (Taksim Farahfaza; Respondemos; Madre de Deus); The Dawn Approaching (Gregis pastor; Gloria 'n cielo; Senher Dieus; Lux refulget); Star of the Day (Santa Maria, strela do dia; Polorum regina; Como somos per conssello); The Birth of Jesus (Ave maris stella; O Maria, Deu maire; Mei amic e mei fiel; Todo logar mui ben; Taouchia from Nouba Gribt Lahcine; Noi siamo i magi; Quando el rey Nimrod; Heu! heu!; Pastres, placatz vostre troupèu; En Belén tocan a fuego); Mother and Child (Duérmete, niño, duérme; Nani na ya srira; Borea (prelude) from Nouba Ram al Maya; Tant' aos peccadores)



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