El Noi de la Mare

— Early music for the Christmas period (2004)

Zefiro Torna

"What shall we give the Son of the Virgin ? What could we bestow on the beloved Mary and her beautiful child ? A basket full of grapes, olives, figs, sweet honey and a mild cheese." (Trad. Catalan pastoral song).

The ensemble Zefiro Torna adds a musical little extra with an exquisite selection of West-European Christmas songs covering several centuries. Stylish hymns, motets, carols and chansons of anonymous composers and masters of polyphony from the middle-ages and the renaissance period blend with pastoral and folk songs from England, Flanders, Catalonia, Naples and the Provence. In their multiplicity of colours, performed in variated voice/instrument combinations en alternated with improvised passages, the melodies are stripped from their age-old history to reappear gloriously at the feast of Mother and Child.

C├ęcile Kempenaers, Els Van Laethem vocals
Jowan Merckx recorders, bag-pipes, gaita
Liam Fennelly fiddle, viola da gamba, lirone
Frank Van Eycken percussion
Jurgen De bruyn lutes, renaissance and baroque guitar, vocals, artistic direction