Noel Baroque En Pays D'oc
Natalis Cordat (ca1610-1663, was a country vicar who wrote very refined and aristocratic "noëls" while Nicolas Saboly (1614-1678), is the caustic master of an Avignon Chapel, writer of small pieces in a popular vein. They both echo and contrast each other. Their Christmas pieces illustrate the interesting diversity of Occitan masters, mixing popular and learned traditions, the profane and the religious, local and universal, French and Langue d'Oc. The Camera delle Lacrime approaches these "noëls" in a most delightful way. They perfectly catch the historical context of these works, which originate in medieval mystery plays,. and which were very popular in the 16th and 17th centuries. Such a performance is the trademark of this ensemble, whose variable configuration allows it to interpret many types of ancient music including popular traditions and songs in French was well as in Occitan. None of Natalis Cordat's "noëls" have ever been recorded!