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Album Review

Boston Camerata's Medieval Christmas is a challenging and resfreshing holiday album. Usually, when traditional or olde carols are performed, they are contemporized in some way. That's not the case with Medieval Christmas. Everything is given faithful arrangements and is performed faithfully. It's music that is strangely familiar and strangely foreign at the same time. The end result is an enchanting, entirely original holiday album worth investigating by any listener tired of the same-old same-old.

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Spirit of Christmas Past

The well-chosen selections on this album fit together very well, though they are from various parts of Europe. The Boston Camerata makes them all work together in the spirit of the season, and the result makes for fulfilling listening - especially if one is in a contemplative mood. This is music (and some pertinent readings as well) with its origins in an ancient time, but these latter-day reconstructions can hold much interest for the modern listener willing to slow down enough to pay attention. The warmth and spirit of this music still come through. If you're looking for catchy carols for rosy-cheeked children to sing along with as you shop for that perfect artificial tree, you won't find them here. But if you want a well-played, moving exploration of ancient expressions of Christmas - or even if you just want some Christmas music that differs from the usual fare - you can't go wrong with this album.

A wonder and a marvel

Long time fan of the Boston Camarata, I had this album on vinyl back in the day, The digitial renditon is fantastic; the interpretation of the music is exquisite; use of period instruments also adds greatly to the effectiveness; the selection is perfect; the recording suffers some from periods of different loudness among the different tracks, so at times it is hard to hear the music well without adjusting the volume. A minor problem that does little to detract from the excellence of the performances.

How Would Chaucer Have Celebrated?

The Boston Camerata and Joel Cohen have created the experience of attending a medieval Christmas. If you're not a history buff, you still might enjoy the unusual experience. If you're Christian, you might enjoy listening to what the celebration sounded like over half a century ago. If you're into history or linguistics, it's just plain cool. Good stuff.


Born: May 23, 1943

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

In the United States, Joel Cohen is best known as the long-tenured helmsman of the Boston Camerata, and understandably so; but travel east across the Atlantic and you'll find him equally highly regarded as a lutenist, a radio broadcaster, and a producer of music films. Cohen was born in Providence, RI, in 1942 and attended Brown University and Harvard University. After leaving Harvard, he spent two years in Paris, honing his skills as a composer under the wing of Nadia Boulanger. In 1968, just one...
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