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The Road to Compostela: A Galician Christmas Revels

Item Number: CD2013


Our musical journey in “The Road to Compostela” meanders through Spain, with a significant dip into Catalonia, but primarily it explores Galicia, home of the shrine at Compostela. Here we encounter stirring processionals and swirling dances played on the gaita galega, the indigenous Galician bagpipe. We are transported to the 13th century by a devotional song to the Virgin Mary and a longing plea for a lover to return from the sea. An a cappella chorus raises a Renaissance motet high into the arches of the cathedral. A lively band, anchored by guitar and harp and animated by tambourine and castanets, pulls us into boisterous village festivities. The fresh sound of children’s voices can be heard in Christmas lullabies and carols. The rugged and generous spirit of the Galician people comes to life through traditional Nativity songs and rituals.

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Full songlist below:

1.Hymn of the Ancient Galician Kingdom
2.Fum, Fum, Fum!
3.Dadme Albricias, Hijos d’Eva
4.A Belén Vinde Pastores
6.Pasodobre de Mallou
7.A Rianxeira
8.Ondas do Mar de Vigo
9.A la Nanita Nana
10.¡Ay, Cómo Suena la Gaita Gallega!
11.Alborada de Veiga
12.Mu ñeira de Chantada
13.Esta Noite de Natale
14.Carol of the Birds
15.Os Reis do Caurel
16.Alborada de Ourense
17.Niño Dios d’Amor Herido
18.Nadal de Luintra
20.Rey a Quien Reyes Adoran
21.Santa Maria, Strela do Dia
22.En Belén Naceu un Neno
23.Travellers’ Carol