Savall Bal Kan

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Bal-Kan - Miel et Sang (2013) [3CD Set] {Alia Vox}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Bal-Kan - Miel et Sang (2013) [3CD Set] {Alia Vox}
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© 2013 Alia Vox | AVSA 9902
Classical / World Music / Chamber Music

The name of the Balkans has an unusually graphic etymology: having discovered the beauty of this pivotal part of Europe, which stretches from Italy to the Bosphorous, and the ruggedness of its people, who put up fierce resistance to invasion, the Turks chose to describe the region with the words Bal (Honey) and Kan (Blood). Honey & Blood: never was there so apt a metaphor! So much richness and drama packed into such a small area is guaranteed to fire the imagination of historians and artists, especially musicians. Thanks to the magic of an ambitious programme built around the cycles of life, Jordi Savall invites us to travel the length and breadth of a region which has always had more than its share of human and historical drama. 230 minutes of music scan the full range of human emotions illuminated by 1001 different musical traditions, all of which nevertheless spring from a common source. "The future belongs to those with the longest memory", wrote Nietzsche. Once more, Jordi Savall brilliantly demonstrates that music is a key component of the collective memory that enables us to face our future. This lavishly documented CD-Book, translated into 12 languages, is a must for any self-respecting collector.
Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations - Le Concert Spirituel: Au temps de Louis XV (2010) {Alia Vox AVSA 9877}

Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations - Le Concert Spirituel: Au temps de Louis XV (2010) {Alia Vox AVSA 9877}
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© 2010 Alia Vox | AVSA 9877
Classical / Chamber Music / Baroque

Le Concert Spirituel was essentially a Parisian concert series held at the Tuileries Palace, begun in 1725 as an opportunity for musical performances during Lent and other Holy Days when secular musical activities like opera were forbidden. The concerts continued until 1790, just after the beginning of the French Revolution. The music of French composers filled most of the programs, but German and Italian music was occasionally heard, and this CD includes five pieces by Corelli, Telemann, and Rameau that were known to have been played at the concerts. Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations, one of the many stellar ensembles he is responsible for founding, play these works with such surging vibrancy that anyone who thinks of the Baroque as a period of stiff formality would be disabused of that notion on hearing these performances.
Jordi Savall - Carlos V - Mille Regretz: La Cancion Del Emperador (2000) {Alia Vox AV 9814}

Jordi Savall - Carlos V - Mille Regretz: La Cancion Del Emperador (2000) {Alia Vox AV 9814}
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© 2000 Alia Vox | AV 9814
Classical / Renaissance / Medieval / Choral / Instrumental Music

Jordi Savall has brought us yet another treasure on his own Alia Vox label, this time a mixed bag of music by Reformation Era composers and a handful of slightly earlier works. It’s all taken from a concert program Savall gave last year under the aegis of “greatest hits of the court of Charles V”. The composers presented are mostly court musicians for that Holy Roman Emperor, but Josquin and Heinrich Isaac also are included, the latter as a nod to Charles’ grandfather, Maximilian I, who was responsible for getting Charles the crown. Savall combines his first-rate instrumental ensemble, updated to Hespèrion XXI, with his own vocal group, La Capella Reial de Catalunya. The results are captivating. Savall’s musicians are tops in the field, and their collective talents, constantly on display in this varied program, are simply a joy to hear.
Jordi Savall & La Capella Reial - Monteverdi - Vespro Della Beata Vergine, 1610 (1989) {2CD Astree-Auvidis E 8719}

Jordi Savall & La Capella Reial - Monteverdi - Vespro Della Beata Vergine, 1610 (1989) {2CD Astrée-Auvidis E 8719}
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© 1989 Astrée / Auvidis | E 8719
Classical / Renaissance / Baroque / Choral

There are more than one dozen recordings of Monteverdi's great masterpiece, the Vespers of 1610, a distinction reserved for very few works and composers from the late 16th and early 17th centuries. With this kind of attention, you'd think that this substantial work for choir, soloists, and instruments would be more easily accessible–but it is in fact a structurally complex and musically intricate compilation of hymns, antiphons, and psalms, concluding with a magnificent setting of the Magnificat. Most recordings can't seem to overcome the strategic and technical problems of presenting such a three-dimensional work on a recording. But this one is different: the music literally comes alive and grabs our attention. If you're in the market for Monteverdi's Vespers, look no further. This is the most dynamic, dramatic version on disc.
Jordi Savall - Les Voix Humaines - Abel, Bach, Marais, Sainte-Colombe (1998) {Alia Vox AV9803}

Jordi Savall - Les Voix Humaines - Abel, Bach, Marais, Sainte-Colombe (1998) {Alia Vox AV9803}
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© 1998 Alia Vox | AV9803
Classical / Baroque / Chamber Music / Viola da gamba

If he were so minded, Jordi Savall might hand copies of this CD out to new acquaintances as the musical equivalent of a calling-card. True, he appears here only in the guise of soloist, whereas a more complete portrait would need to include samples of his work as director and conductor; but as an illustration of the range of the viola da gamba, this generously filled disc is exemplary. And although the calling-card might not be handmade, it is the nearest thing to it, since Alia Vox is Savall’s own, newly established label.
Jordi Savall & Andrew Lawrence-King - Lluis del Mila (1500? - 1561?) - Fantasies, Pavanes & Gallardes  (1995) {Astree E 8535}

Jordi Savall & Andrew Lawrence-King - Lluís del Milà (1500? - 1561?) - Fantasies, Pavanes & Gallardes (1995) {Astrée-Auvidis E 8535}
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© 1995 Astrée / Auvidis E 8535
Classical / Renaissance / Chamber Music

Luis de Milan’s instrument was the Spanish vihuela, shaped like a guitar and tuned like a lute, for the existence of which his book El Maestro (1536) is the earliest known evidence, and one by Antonio de Santa Cruz (seventeenth century, undated) the last. When it was born, and when and why it died, remain unclear. El Maestro was both a collection of pieces and a thoughtful tutor book, containing much valuable information on the music of the time and on the manner of its performance; in some fantasias it is indicated which passages are to be played ‘broadly’ and in time, and which are to be delivered more quickly.
Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Estampies & Danses Royales: Le Manuscrit du Roi ca.1270-1320 (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9857}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XXI - Estampies & Danses Royales: Le Manuscrit du Roi ca.1270-1320 (2008) {Alia Vox AVSA 9857}
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© 2008 Alia Vox | AVSA 9857
Classical / Medieval

Vigorous and colourful medieval dances revealed by Jordi Savall! The Estampie is a medieval dance consisting of four to seven sections, called puncta, each of which is repeated (in the form aa, bb, cc, etc…).The more widely accepted etymology relates it to stamper, to stamp the feet. Illuminations and paintings from the period seem to indicate that the estampie involves fairly vigorous hopping. The earliest reported example of this musical form is the song "Kalenda Maya" (track 3), supposedly written by the troubadour Raimbaut de Vaqueiras (1180-1207) to the melody of an estampida played by French jongleurs. In this irresistible album, Jordi Savall explores a Royal manuscript from the French National Library.
Jordi Savall - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9920}

Jordi Savall - The Routes of Slavery 1444-1888 (2017) {Alia Vox Official Digital Download AVSA9920}
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© 2017 Alia Vox | AVSA9920
Classical / World Music / Traditional / Vocal Music / Reneissance / Baroque

A homage to the memory of victims of the slave trade. This new multicultural project from Jordi Savall and his musicians on The Routes of Slavery (1444-1888) marks a world first in the history of music and of the three continents involved in the trade in African slaves and their exploitation in the New World, which are brought together through the early music of the colonial period, the musical traditions of Mali and the oral traditions of the descendants of slaves in Madagascar, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. This 'Musical Memoir' is accompanied with historical texts on slavery, beginning with the early chronicles of 1444 and concluding with texts written by the Nobel Peace Prize-winner Martin Luther King shortly before his assassination in 1968.
Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Samuel Scheidt - Ludi Musici, Hamburg 1621 (1997) {Fontalis-Auvidis France}

Jordi Savall & Hesperion XX - Samuel Scheidt - Ludi Musici, Hamburg 1621 (1997) {Fontalis-Auvidis France}
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© 1997 Fontalis / Auvidis France | ES 8559
Classical / Baroque / Chamber Music

Samuel Scheidt (baptized November 3, 1587 – March 24, 1653) was a German composer, organist and teacher of the early Baroque era. Samuel Scheidt published 4 collections entitled Ludi Musici between 1621 & 1627, whereas only the first publication (from which the present program is taken) survives complete. Scheidt continues to be the most significant of the early North German instrumental composers.
Jordi Savall - Alfons V El Magnanim (1396 - 1458) - El Cancionero De Montecassino (2001) {2CD Alia Vox AV9816 A+B}

Jordi Savall - Alfons V El Magnanim (1396 - 1458) - El Cancionero De Montecassino (2001) {2CD Alia Vox AV9816 A+B}
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© 2001 Alia Vox | AV9816 A+B
Classical / Medieval / Renaissance / Choral / Instrumental Music

The works on this 2-CD set all come from a single source: a document called "Cancionero de Montecassino" which is believed to contain works composed between 1430 and 1480. Somehow the document has survived down through the centuries; it was almost lost when the Abbey where it was stored was bombed in 1944. Luckily the document survived so that this amazing CD set could be recorded by the - also amazing - Le Capella Reial de Catalunya. This CD is the second in a series entitled "Musicas Reales", the first of which being "Carlos V" containing works mainly from the 16th century. If you enjoyed that one, then "Alfons V el Magnanim" will be a welcome addition to your CD spinner.