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May 24, 2022 through June 30, 2022 all gifts will be matched up to $5,000!

 

SEASON 24: coming soon!

 

You made this season possible!

We have continually been in awe of you, our fans and audience both near and far, for your incredible and tireless support this season. Thank you!

 

A 14th-Century Salmagundi

Now available on physical CD.

 

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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Thank you for a thrilling season!

24th Season announcement coming soon!

Machaut’s Remede de Fortune (Trailer)

From a live performance at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, on March 17, 2017. Featuring (left to right) Scott Metcalfe, Debra Nagy, Charles Weaver, Owen McIntosh, Martin Near, and Jason McStoots. English narration performed by Mr. McStoots. Projections (using images from the manuscripts) are by Shawn Keener.

Video by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films. Audio by Philip H. Davis, Cape Ann Recordings.

SPRING APPEAL

We are feeling celebratory! Our first full season of live performances since the start of the pandemic is now complete and we are grateful to our Blue Heron family for your part in making it possible. Thank you! We now look forward to launching our 2022-2023 season. Please consider a gift to our Spring Appeal as we plan next season’s programming.

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This highly important [Peterhouse recording] project, one of the most important early choral projects of our time, has unearthed a series of masterly composers hitherto virtually unknown...Such is the authority of Scott Metcalfe and his singers with this repertoire that they negotiate even the most daringly challenging and unexpected passages with utter confidence, and, as previously, with a delicious blend of expressiveness and seemingly inexorable forward momentum.

D. James Ross, Early Music Review (UK)

a revelation - fresh, dynamic and vibrant...urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order

Damian Fowler, Gramophone (UK)

fine gradations of dynamics; pungent diction; telling contrasts of ethereal and earthly timbres; tempos that are more lusty than languid; a way of propelling a phrase toward a goal. ... The singing is both precise and fluid, immaculate and alive...

Alex Ross, The New Yorker

A listener then would have been lucky to hear these works brought off with such panache. The program is by turns pensive and lively, and the scholarship required to evoke stylistic accuracy is put totally at the service of performance.

David Allen, The New York Times

I feel privileged to be able to revel in such a subtle shaped set of performances... This is the kind of recording that makes you sit up and pay attention.. There is plenty that is memorable here, and always the anticipation of something juicy to relish just around the corner. You can't ask much more than that from a CD.

Dominy Clements, MusicWeb International

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Jeremy Eichler, The Boston Globe

But Blue Heron’s devotion to this repertory — the ensemble has recorded five albums of music from the Peterhouse Partbooks — is not justified only by its rarity. This is vivid and radiant music. ...
... With two or three singers to a part and women stepping into the shoes of boy choristers, Blue Heron brings a zesty and sensual sound to these works of devotional music.

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times