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Treasures of Devotion: Spiritual Songs in Northern Europe, 1500–1540

The Boston Camerata

Courtesy of The Boston Camerata


Treasures of Devotion: Spiritual Songs in Northern Europe, 1500–1540

January 14 & 15, 2017

Join us for two landmark performances by the celebrated Boston Camerata, America’s pre-eminent early music ensemble. Artistic Director Anne Azéma has conceived a musical mirror to the exhibition Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures. The program will also be performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York following its debut at the AGO.

The program features music of personal devotion from the early Renaissance, reflecting the spirituality of homes, family circles, and small chapels, in an age of intense religious renewal. Prayers, songs, chants, including music for the Virgin, meditations on the cross, and astonishing reworkings of the day's popular melodies to sacred texts. Composers include Josquin, Agricola, Compère, Senfl, Clemens non Papa, and others.

The concert, an hour-plus of music for voices and instruments, will explore connections between the extraordinary objects in the exhibition and music of the same provenance and period.

*Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures will be open for ticketholders one-hour prior to each performance.


French-born vocalist Anne Azéma is the Artistic Director of The Boston Camerata. She also directs the Europe-based Ensemble Aziman. She has been acclaimed by critics on five continents for her original, passionate, and vivid approach to songs and texts of the Middle Ages. De Volkskrant, an Amsterdam publication, noted that “Azéma is, in her genre, as great as Callas or Fischer Dieskau.”

Anne Azéma has appeared a soloist with numerous ensembles, large and small, early and contemporary. She is also the co-founder of the Camerata Mediterranea, touring with them internationally and appearing on all of their CD's (Edison Prize). Her recent festival invitations as a soloist, recitalist or director include Amsterdam, Graz, Dresden, Leipzig, Utrecht, Spoleto, Seville, Versailles, Jerusalem, Berlin, Boston, Bergen, Ambronay, Utrecht, Casablanca, Perth, Wellington, Kyoto, Tanglewood and Tokyo.

Ms Azéma's current discography numbers over thirty-five recordings as soloist, recitalist or director, on the Warner, Erato (Grand Prix du Disque), Calliope, K 617, ATMA, Harmonia Mundi, Bridge, and Virgin labels.

A key member of The Boston Camerata for many seasons, Anne Azéma began her tenure as the ensemble Artistic Director in the fall of 2008.


The Boston Camerata is America's preëminent early music ensemble. Founded in 1954, Camerata has been under the direction of French-born singer and scholar Anne Azéma since autumn 2008.

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