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Apollo's Fire | Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers

Sacrum Mysterium: A Celtic Christmas Vespers

“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.”
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“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.”
Early Music America Magazine

“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.”
America Music Guide



Apollo’s Fire | Jeannette Sorrell, conducting
Meredith Hall, soprano
Steve Player, baroque guitar/dancer
with Ensemble La Nef of Montreal
Sylvain Bergeron, director/archlute

Apollo's Fire joins with Ensemble La Nef of Montréal in this international collaboration led by harpsichordist/conductor Jeannette Sorrell and lutenist Sylvain Bergeron. This celebration of Celtic artistic traditions interweaves renaissance choral music with ancient pagan carols, folk dances and joyous fiddle tunes. A colorful band of bagpipes, flutes, strings and Celtic harp joins the exquisite Apollo’s Singers.

This groundbreaking program . . .

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