Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cantem Nadal. Noël Baroque Occitan. Folkloristic Christmas Music.

New acquisition.
Bought in November 2106.
First listen: 23-11-2016.
Label: Ligia.
Recording dates: March 2009.
Recording venue: Chapelle Saint Baptiste, Toulouse, France.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 63:16.
Classical relevance: Great fun this music.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
La Mounède. (Instrumentalists and Traditional singers.)
Les Passions. (Singers and instrumentalists)
Les Sacqueboutiers.

My first Christmas CD this year, and a fun one at that. This disc is about discovering a musical heritage, simple and beautiful melodies to please your ears and heart alike. In that sense this budget priced CD has everything going for it. It is a mix of all kind of traditional instruments, and manners of singing. Folkloristic music of a very decent level, that needs to be heard and will put a smile on everyone's face. Good natured performances, and a lot of fun instruments, and folksy voices. There is no reason for letting this pass for the festive season. The sound is good, not as detailed as I would wish but that's me, nitpicking. The only drawback for me, is this French chauvinism of keeping everything worth while to know in the french language, and no need to translate texts or info into another language, God forbid. Many small French labels have no pretension at being sold outside their borders.
This said and warned I still recommend it for the music and the season. Afterall Christmas song texts are about the birth of Christ, and I say Amen to that. 





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