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Valse de Noel: An Acadian-Cajun Christmas Revels - works by Aguillard, Alleman, Austin, Emlen, Larrieu, LeBlanc, Nägeli plus annonymous & traditional works / Revels choruses & ensembles

Album Summary

>Emlen, George : Acadian Overture, for brass ensemble
>Traditional, Christmas : Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
>Duguay, Edgar : Quadrille de Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer
>Traditional, Christmas : Melchior et Balthazar, carol (French)
>Benoit, Benoit : Acadian Mouth Music, for voice
>Nageli, Jean-Georges : Nouvelle agréable, song
>Anonymous, Canadian : La Disputeuse / Quadrille d'André à Toto Savoie, fiddle tune medley
>Larreiu, Albert : Les Cloches du hameau, song
>Arsenault, Angele : Le Voyageur, song
>Anonymous, Canadian : La Rose au bois, song
>Traditional, Christmas : D' où viens-tu bergère (French), carol
>Ornstein, Lisa : La Petite Rosette, for fiddle & piano
>Traditional, French : Partons, la mer est belle, song
>Traditional, French : La poulette grise, folk song
>Larade, Joseph : Le Départ du Canada, song
>Anonymous, Canadian : Grain de mil, song
>Balfa, Dewey : Les Veuves de la coulée, song
>Aguillard, Jeanette : La Valse Cadienne de Noël
>Carriere, Eraste : Daddy Carrière's Waltz
>Traditional, French : J'ai vû le loup
>Alleman, Phillip : La Dernière Valse
>Plainchant : Ave Maris Stella, hymn
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

After their harsh deportment from the Canadian Maritimes in the 18th century, French-speaking Acadian people were scattered across the American continent. Many of them landed in the multicultural Louisiana, where "Acadian" music evolved into "Cajun," while those who eventually returned to Canada rekindled their distinct style. Today the two genres are vastly different, yet their historical links remain. The fiddle is the driving force in both Acadian and Cajun dance music, and many of the traditional songs embody themes of deep longing. In spite of the challenges that both peoples have faced, they know how to make their own fun, and their music can't be taken too seriously. Both groups also love to dance. This collection includes both vocal and instrumental music from both of these culturally rich communities. This release reflects their shared commitment to laissez les bon temps rouler- let the good times roll!

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fraser Performance Studio, WGBH, Boston, MA.

Includes reel du diable (avila leblanc) / cotillom madelino by various composers.

Includes the rayne bounce (jesse lege) / acadian two-step ( by various composers.



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Works Details

>Emlen, George : Acadian Overture, for brass ensemble
  • Conductor: Keith Murphy
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2016

>Traditional, Christmas : Les anges dans nos campagnes (French), carol (AKA Angels We Have Heard On High)
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 1840

>Duguay, Edgar : Quadrille de Sainte-Marie-sur-Mer :: La première barre
  • Performers: Keith Murphy (Mandolin); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Traditional, Christmas : Melchior et Balthazar, carol (French)
  • Performer: Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.

>Benoit, Benoit : Acadian Mouth Music, for voice
  • Performer: Keith Murphy (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nageli, Jean-Georges : Nouvelle agréable, song
  • Performers: Megan Henderson (Harmonium); Keith Murphy (Piano); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle); Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Anonymous, Canadian : La Disputeuse / Quadrille d'André à Toto Savoie, fiddle tune medley
  • Performers: Keith Murphy (Guitar); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Larreiu, Albert : Les Cloches du hameau, song
  • Performers: Megan Henderson (Harmonium); Keith Murphy (Piano); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle); Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Arsenault, Angele : Le Voyageur, song
  • Performers: Megan Henderson (Harmonium); Keith Murphy (Guitar)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Albert Arsenault.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Canadian : La Rose au bois, song
  • Performer: Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Christmas : D' où viens-tu bergère (French), carol
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.

>Ornstein, Lisa : La Petite Rosette, for fiddle & piano
  • Performers: Keith Murphy (Piano); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Traditional, French : Partons, la mer est belle, song
  • Performers: Megan Henderson (Piano); Keith Murphy (Guitar); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle); Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.

>Traditional, French : La poulette grise, folk song
  • Performer: Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Vocal

>Larade, Joseph : Le Départ du Canada, song
  • Performers: Keith Murphy (Guitar); Keith Murphy (Harp); Lisa Ornstein (Fiddle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Canadian : Grain de mil, song
  • Performer: Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Balfa, Dewey : Les Veuves de la coulée, song
  • Performers: Alan Bradbury (Accordion); Michelle Kaminsky (Fiddle); Maggie Moniz (Guitar); Maggie Moniz (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Aguillard, Jeanette : La Valse Cadienne de Noël
  • Performers: Alan Bradbury (Accordion); Michelle Kaminsky (Fiddle); Maggie Moniz (Guitar); Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Carriere, Eraste : Daddy Carrière's Waltz
  • Performers: Alan Bradbury (Accordion); Michelle Kaminsky (Fiddle); Maggie Moniz (Guitar); Maggie Moniz (Triangle)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Bebe Carriere.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Waltz

>Traditional, French : J'ai vû le loup
  • Performers: Alan Bradbury (Accordion); George Emlen (Voice); Michelle Kaminsky (Fiddle); Maggie Moniz (Guitar); Josee Vachon (Triangle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Alleman, Phillip : La Dernière Valse
  • Performers: Alan Bradbury (Accordion); Michelle Kaminsky (Fiddle); Maggie Moniz (Guitar); Maggie Moniz (Voice)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Waltz

>Plainchant : Ave Maris Stella, hymn
  • Performers: Natalie Frank (Voice); Megan Henderson (Harmonium)
  • Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral