Thank you for a great season!

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A 14th-Century Salmagundi

Digital Release available now! Physical release coming soon.

 

OCKEGHEM SONGS VOLUME I

“. . .these neglected chansons take on a hitherto unsuspected radiance that touches heart and mind alike.” Bestenliste, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (January 2020)

 

Cipriano de Rore, Madrigals for five voices (1542): WORLD PREMIERE RECORDING

“. . .masterfully, sensitively done, and most highly recommended.” – Early Music America (June 2020)

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Blue Heron on the Radio

The Lost Music of Canterbury
WCRB “In Concert” Broadcast

Stream On Demand Here

Concert Information and Program

Recorded on February 8, 2019 at The Parish of All Saints – Ashmont

This program will be available for on-demand streaming for 6 months past the live date.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for coming to Blue Heron’s concerts, Spotlight Sessions, and Ockeghem Academy during this strange adventure of the 2020-21 season. We are so grateful to you for the tremendous enthusiasm, generosity, and support we have had all year. With your help, Blue Heron not only survived, but flourished in all sorts of new ventures we would not otherwise have pursued. You made it possible.

As a dessert to the banquet of the season, please enjoy this concert recording of one of Gilles Binchois’s greatest songs, which sets a ballade by Christine de Pizan lamenting the untimely death of her beloved husband. The song was recorded in a concert at First Church in Cambridge on February 18, 2017, part of our Ockeghem@600 project. All the best wishes for spring from everyone at Blue Heron. We look forward to seeing you next season, in one way or another!

Dueil angoisseux
Gilles de Bins, dit Binchois (c.1400-1460)
Text by Christine de Pizan (1364-c.1430)

Jason McStoots, Laura Pudwell, Sumner Thompson, voices

Video by Kathy Wittman | Ball Square Films
Audio by Joel Gordon





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