Le Concert des Nations

Early Music Ensemble

Le Concert des Nations

Le Concert des Nations, created in 1989 around La Capella Reial de Catalunya, is the youngest of the groups conducted by Jordi Savall. Les Nations, which refers to the work by François Couperin, and are an assembly of "tastes", is also the premonition of an artistic Europe which, centuries old, bears the mark of the Age of Enlightenment.

This group meets the present day need for an orchestra with period instruments, able to perform orchestral and symphonic repertoire from Baroque to Romanticism: 1600 - 1850. Le Concert des Nations is the first orchestra of its kind made up of musicians who originate mainly from Latin countries (Spain, South America, Italy, Portugal, France as well as many other countries). Each musician is a top-level specialist in playing ancient instruments.

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Dixit Dominus: Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel

Dixit Dominus: Vivaldi, Mozart, Handel


Handel:

Dixit Dominus, HWV 232

Mozart:

Dixit and Magnificat, K. 193

Vivaldi:

Dixit Dominus, RV595


Marta Mathéu, Marta Bayodi-Hirt (sopranos), Anthony Roth Costanzo (alto), Makoto Sakurada (tenor), Furio Zanasi (bass) & Manfredo Kraemer (concertino)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

Alia Vox presents three composers in three masterpieces based on a cornerstone of the Bible, the psalm 'Dixit Dominus' in the latest programme from Jordi Savall.

Following the critically acclaimed 'Magnificat & Concerti' two years ago, 'Dixit' highlights the full maturity of his ensembles.

The vivid orchestral colours, the ideal spacing of the instruments, the effortless virtuosity of the choir, the bright recorded sound bringing out the detail within the works all prove that Jordi Savall has established a new standard for the recording of 18th Century music.

“The performances of all three pieces have an overall character that contrasts with the tendency these days for hard-driven interpretations…an individualistic and essentially musical approach, as one might expect from Savall” Gramophone Magazine, January 2017

“glorious singing and playing of irrepressable effervescence ... Superb SACD sound and a lavishly designed booklet” Choir & Organ, July 2017

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Biber: Baroque Splendor - Missa Salisburgensis

Biber: Baroque Splendor - Missa Salisburgensis

Recorded in Cardona (Catalunya) January 14-16, 2015 except for La Battalia à 10, recorded on February 11th, 2002


Biber:

Motet 'Plaudite tympana'

Battalia à 10

Sonata Sancti Polycarpi

Missa Salisburgensis

Fanfara


Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Marianne Beate Kielland, Pascal Bertin, David Sagastume, Nicholas Mulroy, Lluis Vilamajó, Daniele Carnovich, Antonio Abete

La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

cd book

The 'Missa Salisburgensis à 53 voci' (in comparison, 'Spem in alium' was written by Thomas Tallis for «only» 40 voices) is perhaps the largest-scale piece of extant sacred Baroque music, an archetypical work of the Colossal Baroque. It is a polychoral composition which takes advantage of the multiple organs and various locations available for groups of singers and musicians to perform in Salzburg Cathedral, probably for the 1682 celebrations marking the 1100th anniversary of the founding of the Archbishopric of Salzburg. This stunning recording features Jordi Savall’s ensembles at their best and fully reveals the «splendour» of this masterpiece. A recording of cosmic proportions that Jordi Savall has decided to illustrate with a celestial image of the Helix Nebula. Nothing less.

“Savall rallies his ensembles to scale the exultant heights but still keeps things nimble; the full ensemble sound is warm, vibrant and spacious, while shapely solo voices make clear work of all that counterpoint...Savall is in his element [in Battalia], leading the dance with supple, graceful swing.” The Guardian, 10th September 2015 ****

“an ingenious balancing act between solo voices, choirs and brass, particularly in the ensemble developments of the Gloria and the lengthy Credo, with its shift from angelic high voices to deep, sorrowful ones as the crucifixion weighs heavily.” The Independent, 10th October 2015

“[a] superb new recording … The venue chosen for this recording – the Romanesque chapel of Cardona Castle in Catalonia – also possesses generous reverberation, but Savall knows how to capitalise on it, allowing the music to bloom and blaze but also to withdraw intimately into itself … the overall impression of sumptuousness certainly lives up to the CD’s Baroque Splendour title.” The Telegraph, October 2015

“Savall marshals the music with a keen sensibility to momentum, balance and colour…[his] more organically natural acoustic makes for an easier overall listen [than the Koopman or McCreesh versions] while losing only a little in forthright splendour…[the Mass] makes its awesome point.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

“This is Biber in gargantuan mode … superbly recorded. Groups ranging from solo voices with a pair of recorders to the full ensemble complete with brass and drums are thrown across the huge spaces of the chapel with palpable excitement and thrilling effect. The reverberation lasts over five seconds, yet every detail in the small scale passages is crystal clear, and the sheer weight of the full forces is shattering.” BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2015

“The central work on the disc is the astonishing Missa Salisburgensis, but Savall surrounds this with a range of other works, choral and instrumental, that show this remarkable composer off to a dazzling degree. It's my greatest musical discovery of the year so far...It's very well sung but the effect when the voices, trumpets and drums all combine is breathtaking, and the engineers deserve credit for capturing it so faithfully...Overall, tremendous.” MusicWeb International, February 2016

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Marais: Alcione - Suites des airs à joüer (1706)

Marais: Alcione - Suites des airs à joüer (1706)


Marais, M:

Suite from 'Alcyone'

Première Suite: Airs pour les Driades et les Bergers

Ouverture, Marche pour les Bergers et les Bergères, Air pour les Faunes et les Driades, Menuet pour les Bergers et les Bergères, menuet pour les mêmes, Bourée pour les Bergers et les Bergères, Passepied I & II pour les mêmes

Deuxième Suite - Airs pour les Eoliens et les Eoliennes

Air, Menuet, Air, Menuet da capo, Sarabandes, Gigue

Troisième Suite - Airs pour les Prêtresse et les Magiciens

Prélude de l’Acte second, Sarabande pour les Prêtresses de Junon, Prélude pour la Prêtresse de Junon, Gigues pour les mêmes, Airs I & II pour les Magiciens

Quatrième Suite - Airs pour les Matelots et les Tritons

Prélude de l’Acte troisième, Marche pour les Matelots, Air pour les mêmes, Air «Tambourin» pour les mêmes, Symphonie pour le Sommeil, Tempête, Ritournelle, Entract’ Menuet, Chaconne pour les Tritons


Together with 'Sémélé', 'Alcione' is the only opera composed by Marin Marais. The first first performance took place at the Théâtre du Palais Royal in Paris on February 18, 1706. Shortly after that, Marin Marais decided to gather the most beautiful tunes, including the famous 'Tempest', into four suites.

Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall fully reveal the colours of this vivid score. As you might expect, Alia Vox have granted this Heritage reissue a state-of-the-art multichannel remastering and a richly documented booklet.

“These four suites show that Marais was a fine orchestrator and knew how to write descriptive music. These qualities come off very well in this 1993 recording.” MusicWeb International, 9th April 2014

“very fine.” Early Music Review, April 2014

“Few readers will be able to resist either the graceful charm of this music or the elegant gestures of the members of Le Concert Des Nations.” Early Music Today, Autumn 2014

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Rameau: L’Orchestre de Louis XV

Rameau: L’Orchestre de Louis XV


Rameau:

Les Indes galantes: Suite

Naïs: orchestral suite

Zoroastre: orchestral suite

Les Boréades: orchestral suite

Les Indes Galantes 1735:

Ouverture, Musette en Rondeau, Air vif, Air des Incas pour la dévotion du Soleil, Air pour les amants qui suivent Bellone, Air pour les guerriers, Menuets pour les Guerriers et Amazones I&II

Orage, Air pour les esclaves africains, Air pour Borée et la Rose, 2ème Air pour les Zephirs, Tambourins I/II, Chaconne

Naïs 1748:

Ouverture, Musette tendre, Rigaudons I /II, Sarabande, Gavotte pour les Zéphirs, Loure, Musette, Tambourins I/II, Entrée des Luteurs, Chaconne, Air de Triomphe

Zoroastre 1749:

Ouverture, Passepieds I/II, Loure, Air des Esprits, Infernaux II, Air tendre en Rondeau, Air Grave, Gavotte en Rondeau, Sarabande, Contredanse

Les Boréades 1764:

Suite d’Orchestre, Ouverture, Entrée, Entrée des Peuples, Contredanse en rondeau, Les Vents Gavotte I&II pour les heures et les Zephirs, Menuets I- II, Contredanse très vive


Following the success of the albums L’ Orchestre de Louis XIII (Philidor l’Aisné) and L’ Orchestre du Roi Soleil (Lully), Jordi Savall delivers another dynastic opus consisting of music by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Le Concert des Nations sparkles in these four orchestral suites which document the genius of the French composer and Jordi Savall’s affinity with the repertoire of the the XVIIIth century.

“This is dance music of dizzying variety and instrumental colour...There's lively, rumbustious playing from Le Concert des Nations...The angular contredanses with their quirky intervals, and the magnificent chaconnes, are splendid – the one for Naïs (1748), involving dancing athletes, boxers, runners and wrestlers, is made for the Olympics opening.” The Observer, 19th June 2011

“Jordi Savall and his ebullient Baroque orchestra, Le Concert des Nations, have released recordings of the music Philidor wrote for Louis XIII, and Lully for Louis XIV. All is eclipsed by the double-CD of Rameau’s fabulously spirited rococo pieces for Louis XV’s orchestra...these suites have a tunefulness, an instrumental diversity and a quirky joyousness that even the most curmudgeonly Anglo-Saxon soul will find hard to resist.” The Times, 18th June 2011 ****

“The exhilarating effect of this joyous music could scarcely be better conveyed. Savall has chosen his “suites” to reflect the astonishing variety of Rameau’s instrumentation and inventiveness as a composer of ballet music...The wonderfully windy music for Les Boréades (sons of Boréas, the north wind) culminates in a sizzling contredanse très vive — guaranteed to set the toes tapping.” Sunday Times, 26th June 2011 *****

“The Chaconne ending Les Indes Galantes shows Savall's breadth, roving with equal conviction from pastoral sensuality to blazing, robust militarism. The whiplash strings of the Nais Overture free an infectious rhythm and the off-beat timpani create thrilling thunder in a voluminous acoustic.” Classic FM Magazine, September 2011 ****

“With a large and varied orchestra and (optional) surround sound, Jordi Savall revels in the unmatched opulence, extravagance and scale of mid-18th century France...The music is divorced from its dramatic context and the visual accompaniment of costume, dancing and scenery, but is speaks splendidly for itself, displaying Rameau's kaleidoscopic orchestration and arresting devices...A magnificent production - the high Baroque doesn't get higher than this” BBC Music Magazine, October 2011 *****

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Mozart: Requiem & Funeral Masonic March

Mozart: Requiem & Funeral Masonic March


Mozart:

Requiem in D minor, K626

Montserrat Figueras (soprano), Claudia Schubert (alto), Gerd Türk (tenor), Stephan Schreckenberger (bass)

Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477


Jordi Savall’s recordings of Mozart are few and this album reminds us of what we are missing. Recorded in 1991, it bears the signature of Jordi Savall’s talent as a conductor: breadth, clarity, beauty of singing. Mentioned on Building a Library as one for reissue - please!

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Bach - Les Six Concerts Brandenbourgeois

Bach - Les Six Concerts Brandenbourgeois

(The original manuscript's title is in French.)


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)


Booklet : English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Catalan

With star-soloists including Fabio Biondi & Pierre Hantaï this double album, recorded in 1991, is a landmark in Bach’s discography (as all other Bach /Savall recordings, by the way...). The orchestra Le Concert des Nations sounds richer than ever and, as you have come to expect from Alia Vox, this reissue is also a luxury masterly-remastered double digipack. There are many other versions of the Brandenburg Concertos but Alia Vox would like to underline that Jordi Savall's recording is regarded as the best recording ever made. In the December 2009 issue of the French magazine Classica, this album was chosen as the THE recording of the Brandenburg Concertos.

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Purcell - Suites

Purcell - Suites


Purcell:

Suite from the Fairy Queen

Suite from The Prophetess


Recorded in 1996

“Those who missed this disc first time round might find great pleasure in Savall's imaginative shaping of Purcell's musical moods.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2010

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Musica Notturna - Invocation À La Nuit

Musica Notturna - Invocation À La Nuit

In Praise of Night


Track listing includes excerpts from the following albums:

Du Temps et de l'Instant

Morales Officium Defunctorum

Villancicos y danzas criollas

Lux Feminae

Don Quijote

Bella Terra

Ninna Nanna

Les Voix Humaines

Holborne

Charpentier from Versailles

Tous les Matins du Monde

The Fairy Queen

Marin Marais - Alcione

Handel Water Music

Mozart Trauermusik

Haydn Seven last Words

Beethoven 'Eroica'

+ an excerpt from the forthcoming double album: Jerusalem


Did you know that most Alia Vox albums were recorded between 1 and 4 am? Not only because of tight recording schedules, but also because the night creates an very special quality of silence... This double album is the best possible tribute to Alia Vox' short but intense history.

Not just an 'anniversary CD': it is a fascinating musical journey, based not only on existing material, but also on unreleased recordings (Charpentier - CD2 track 5) and on future albums (CD2 track 1 was recorded for the upcoming project Jerusalem).

Recordings from the Astrée catalogue are also included in this definitive overview of a major component of Jordi Savall's creative process: the night.

“Jordi Savall's discs can always be relied on to widen listeners' musical horizons in the most enjoyable way possible” The Telegraph

“As we expect of this team, Musica Notturna is sumptuously packaged, diligently researched and superlatively-well performed.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2009 ****

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Mozart: Serenades, Notturno in D major & Ein musikalischer Spass

Mozart: Serenades, Notturno in D major & Ein musikalischer Spass


Mozart:

Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'

Notturno in D major K286

Ein musikalischer Spass K522


(Recorded on September 5 - 8, 2005 at the Castle of Cardona (Catalunya))

“Savall sets some brisk tempos, particularly for the slow movement of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, but they're convincing. …it's vivid playing from everyone, well defined in outline and responding imaginatively to the varied character of Mozart's music.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 *****

Penguin Guide

Rosette Winner

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Couperin, F: Concerts 1-4 (Les Concerts Royaux)

Couperin, F: Concerts 1-4 (Les Concerts Royaux)


“…Couperin listed a wide range of options - violin, flute, oboe, viol and bassoon - while he himself played harpsichord, presumably expanding its role to that of chordal continuo. …for a month of Sundays, Jordi Savall's colourful options are a delight. The final Concert offers a kaleidoscope of colours, all the more varied by continuo of harpsichord and theorbo/guitar and ending with a wonderfully spirited 'Forlane en rondeau'.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2005 ****

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