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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.
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.
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.