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Music of the Americas with the Boston Camerata

Patriotic and devotional music from early America as well as music from New Spain.

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ensemble

Anne Azéma, Artistic Director of the Boston Camerata.

Liberty Tree

The Boston Camerata has been at the forefront of the American early music scene for decades. The ensemble’s discography offers range of expertise in music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, and early America. The 1998 Erato release “Liberty Tree” is a joyous celebration of early American songs and instrumental pieces.

Anonymous: “Yankee Doodle”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Liberty Tree: Early American Music (Erato, 1998)
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Trav’ling Home

If Liberty Tree is a celebration of patriotism, the Camerata’s recording of American spirituals, “Trav’ling Home,” is its devotional companion representing a diversity of religious expression from the decade of Independence through much of the 19th Century.

Anonymous: “Cusseta”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Trav’ling Home: American Spirituals 1770-1870 (Erato, 1996)
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Nueva España

The Camerata’s 1994 Erato recording of Spanish Colonial music, entitled Nueva España, or “New Spain,” is not only a benchmark of the repertoire, but is certainly among the finest in the their discography. It’s a vibrant recording worth listening to over and over again.

Anonymous: “Hanacpachap cussicuinin”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Nueva España (Erato, 1994)
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Anonymous: “Yankee Doodle”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Liberty Tree: Early American Music (Erato, 1998)
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Anonymous: “The Appletree”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Liberty Tree: Early American Music (Erato, 1998)
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Anonymous: “Cusseta”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Trav’ling Home: American Spirituals 1770-1870 (Erato, 1996)
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Anonymous: Prince William's March
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Trav’ling Home: American Spirituals 1770-1870 (Erato, 1996)
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Anonymous: “Hanacpachap cussicuinin”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Nueva España (Erato, 1994)
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Juan Garcia de Zespedes: Guaracha: “Convidando esta la noche”
Boston Camerata/Joel Cohen — Nueva España (Erato, 1994)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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