A Romanesque Christmas

December 15, 2021, 10:00 pm

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Rose Window, Notre Dame de Paris

On this first of two special Christmas editions of Baroque&Before, we are afforded the rare opportunity outside of Spain to hear the Mallorcan version of El Cant de la Sibil.la; the Song of the Sybil, as it has been re-enacted in the churches of Mallorca every Christmas Eve since the 15th century, as well as throughout Spain as early as the 10th. The program concludes with a Romanesque Mass for Christmas Day as it was sung in the prestigious setting of L’École de Notre Dame Paris, the cradle of western polyphony.

The recordings used on tonight’s program come from WFMT’s Richard and Mary L. Gray Music Library.


El Cant de la Sibil.la mallorquina
recorded at Monastère des nonnes de La Concepció Palma de Mallorca
Montserrat Figueras, soprano; La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall, director
Alia Vox AVSA9806

École de Notre Dame: Messe du Jour de Noël
Ensemble Organum, Marcel Pérès, conductor
Harmonia Mundi HMA 1951148