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Duo Seraphim: Lute songs and solos for Advent and Christmastide

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Veni, Veni Emmanuel! Captivum solve Israel! Qui gemit in exsilio, Privatus Dei Filio. Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel Nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni, Veni O Oriens! Solare nos adveniens, Noctis depelle nebulas, Dirasque noctis tenebras. Gaude, gaude… Veni, Veni Adonai! Qui populo in Sinai Legem dedisti vertice, In Majestate gloriae. Gaude, gaude… Come, Emanuel, Set free the captive Israel Lamenting in exile, Deprived of the son of God. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emanuel shall be born to you, O Israel. Come, radiant dawn, Bring us solace. Dispel the mists and the Fearful shadows of the night Rejoice! Rejoice... Come, Lord God, who gave the law to your people on Sinai's summit in glorious majesty. Rejoice! Rejoice... (English translation by Donna Stewart)
Ther is no rose of swych vertu As is the rose that bare Jhesu. For in this rose conteynyd was Heuen and erthe in lytyl space, Alleluya The aungelys sungyn the shepherdes to: ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’. Res miranda.
Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor in the house of the Lord. Behold, you shall conceive and bring forth a son, and he shall be called Son of the most High.
A rose has sprung up from a tender root. As the old ones sang to us, its lineage was from Jesse. And it has brought forth a floweret in the midst of the cold winter; At deepest midnight hour. The rosebud that I mean, of which Isaiah told, Is Mary, the pure, who brought us the floweret. At God’s immortal word, she has borne a child Who makes us blessed. The floweret so small, that smells so sweet to us With its clear light dispels the darkness. True man and true God, helping us through all suffering, He saves us from sin and death.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne ? For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp ! and surely I’ll be mine ! And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my jo... We twa hae run about the braes, and pu’d the gowans fine ; But we’ve wander’d mony a weary fit, sin auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my jo... We twa hae paidl’d i' the burn, frae morning sun till dine ; But seas between us braid hae roar’d sin auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my jo... And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere ! and gie's a hand o’ thine ! And we’ll tak a right gude-willy waught, for auld lang syne. For auld lang syne, my jo...


Released in 2008, this very personal selection of music for Advent and Christmastide represents many traditions ranging from the 12th to the 18th centuries. Featuring our own arrangements for lute and voice of many familiar and traditional English, Irish, French, and German carols, juxtaposed with a few favorite Latin motets, Scots tunes, and one Italian lauda set to a very special poem by Petrarch. Recorded in the aftermath of a very difficult time, Duo Seraphim is dedicated with gratitude to our many friends and supporters in the hope that it may brighten the spirit of the season for years to come.

Richard Banks at says:
"...As a jaded and sated holiday listener, I am drawn to anything lacking in kitsch, and there is nothing I've heard this season further from the manufactured art of American Christmas than Duo Seraphim. Surely, this is listening to holiday music without listening to "holiday music"...There are a lot of ways to get at the holiday spirit; Duo Seraphim has chosen the road less traveled, putting together a unique and substantial collection of latinesque works, adorned only with voice and lute."


released October 1, 2008

Donna Stewart, voice
Ron Andrico, lute

Recorded by Chad Crum at The Music Tank, Trumansburg, NY
Mixed & mastered by Will Russell at Electric Wilburland Studio, Newfield, NY

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Mignarda Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with 12 critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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