Devotional chants of Southern India and Medieval Europe

Devotional chants of Southern India and Medieval Europe
Aruna Sairam / Dominique Vellard
Virgin Classics 45440


  1. Kamala Sulochana
  2. Alfonso el Sabio: Rosa das rosas
  3. Malarum Malarada
  4. Anon., Italy 13th c.: Ave vergene / Raga Caliani
  5. Anon., Old Roman: Viderunt omnes
  6. Raga Hemavati
  7. Anon., Le Puy-en-Velay: Reading of the Genealogy of Christ
  8. Mahisha Sura Mardhini & Lalitha
  9. Hildegard von Bingen: O felix anima
  10. Kantamam
  11. Naadabindu / Anon., 10th c.: Kyrie Rex genitor

Performers: Aruna Sairam (voice), Dominique Vellard (voice), Gayatri Sairam (tampura)

Playing time: 74'

Recording date: June 1999

This is a pairing of noted medieval singer & director Dominique Vellard with Aruna Sairam (or Sayeeram) of the Carnatic tradition of South India. She has other recordings available in pure Carnatic style.

Although some interesting juxtapositions appear in this program, they are primarily juxtapositions, with the two singers very rarely taking part at the same time. I had also hoped for relatively more complicated material to appear. However, this program does have virtue in its stark simplicity.

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Todd M. McComb