Sunday, December 16, 2012

"Berceuse de Noël"

A happy Sunday, friends.

We have another beautiful song today, sung by the incomparable soprano, Montserrat Figueras.  “Berceuse de Noël” comes from her 2002 Alia Vox album, Ninna Nanna: Lullabies (1500-2002), which also features the accompaniment of her husband, violist Jordi Savall (though not on this track) & her daughter, harpist Arianna Savall, as well as other members of the early music consort, Hespèrion XXI.  The song was written by Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, & it is truly beautiful. The lyrics are Russian, but I haven’t been able to find a translation—no matter: Montserrat’s voice & the music itself imbue them with meaning.

The musicians on “Berceuse de Noël” are listed as follows: Begoña Olavide (Psaltery), Dmitri Psonis (Santur), Arianna Savall (Triple Harp), Sophie Watillon (Viola da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Viola da gamba), Montserrat Figueras (Soprano).

I know you will enjoy this beautiful piece.

Image links to its source:
“Geburt Christi” (Birth of Jesus) by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, c. 1490
Wiki Commons – public domain


  1. Absolutely lovely! I'm also a huge Arvo Pärt fan, and this is a beautiful arrangement. Thanks for another great start to a Sunday morning, John.

    1. Hi Roy: Glad you enjoyed it! It is a lovely piece & a beautiful interpretation!


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