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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Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti

Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti


Bach, J S:

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Magnificat in D major, BWV243

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Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

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Pierre Hantaï (harpsichord)

Vivaldi:

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 2 'Con due Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 578

Manfredo Kraemer, Pablo Valetti (violins)

Magnificat in G minor, RV610

Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Magnificat in G minor, RV610

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Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor) & Stephan MacLeod (baritone)

La Capella Reial de Catalunya


JS Bach and Vivaldi’s' Magnificat's: desert island repertoire to illustrate the splendour of the orchestra Le Concert des Nations and choir of La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Jordi Savall offers a vivid and striking performance of these two masterpieces, recorded live at the Royal Chapel in Versailles in 2013. Each of them is introduced by a concerto by the same composer in the same tonality.

The superlative performance of Pierre Hantaï in the Concerto BWV1052 is another jewel to the crown of this album.

“it’s a win-win situation with this disc in terms of programming. The young singers are quite fine, and Savall leads a quality performance.” Audiophile Audition, 6th February 2015

“To watch as well as hear two outstanding Baroque Magnificats is a thrilling experience. Jordi Savall's forces are in fine form, his soloists matched yet distinctively characterised...Savall paces the Magnificats to sustain the continuity of the text, despite the musical independence of each verse...the overall exuberance, technicaly control and commitment of the whole ensemble are infectious from the start.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2015 ****

“with performers of this calibre…the performances were always going to be impressive. All fans of Savall will want the set.” Early Music Review, February 2015

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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.

“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

“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

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Bach, J S: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069

Bach, J S: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069


Following the Brandenbrug Concertos, another Bach treasury from the Astrée repertoire: a milestone in the history of Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations.

These Four Orchestral Suites are an essential addition to the recently released Brandenburg Concertos.

SACD remastering enables us to fully enjoy the hearty, colourful and cheerful performance by Le Concert des Nations and Jordi Savall.

As usual, the digipak is lavishly illustrated and documented, with a 180pp booklet in six languages.

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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.

“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 *****

“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 ****

“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 *****

“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 ****

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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 *****

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Tous les matins du monde

Tous les matins du monde

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Couperin, F:

Troisième Leçon de Ténèbres à 2 voix

Lully:

Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs

Marais, M:

Improvisations sur les folies d'Espagne

La Rêveuse

L'Arabesque

Pièces de viole, Book 4: Suite No. 7 - Le badinage

Tombeau pour Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe

Muzettes I-II

Sonnerie de Sainte Geneviève du Mont de Paris

Sainte Colombe the elder:

Prélude pour Mr. Vauquelin

Gavotte du Tendre

Une jeune fillette

Les Pleurs

Concert à deux violes 'Le Retour'

Fantaisie en Mi mineur


Jordi Savall (bass viol); Montserrat Figueras, Maria-Cristina Kiehr (sopranos), Fabio Biondi (violin); Christophe Coin, Jérôme Hantaï (viols), Rolf Lislevand (théorbe); Pierre Hantaï (clavecin)

Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Jordi Savall directs Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and the leading soloists of early opera in a beautiful period production of Monteverdi's favola in musica staged at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu in 2002. Gilbert Deflo's stage direction reflects the sublime art and imagery found in Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, with its famous Hall of Mirrors, where the opera was first performed in 1607.

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Running time: 140 mins

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L' Orfeo in Mantua - Stage director Gilbert Deflo, in Mantua's Palazzo Ducale, reveals the inspiration behind his staging of L'Orfeo

PICTURE FORMAT: 16:9
LENGTH: 140 MINS
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Subtitles: PAL - English, French, German, Spanish
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Beethoven: Sinfonia Eroica

Beethoven: Sinfonia Eroica


Beethoven:

Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 'Eroica'

Coriolan Overture, Op. 62


This is music to shock, arouse and thrill — the only thing it won’t do is leave you unmoved. Sitting like a gate-keeper to the new century, a century that saw more change than any before it, Beethoven’s 'Eroica' (1803-5) changed the history of music. Take note, it seems to say: Man has the power to challenge Fate and sometimes even win (the French Revolution was still echoing in the mind). In 1994 Jordi Savall conducted Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony with Le Concert des Nations (a group he founded in 1989 for Baroque music), winning praise for this well-researched and groundbreaking interpretation.

“it still has the ability to make one sit up and take note, whether it be the brilliance of the woodwind tone, the shimmering tremolo strings with cutting cross-accents driving the music forward like some sort of life-bringing juggernaut that refuses to be ignored; perhaps for the first time, I heard what my university lecturers meant by the shock value of “Eroica”, and Savall does all of this without milking each of the many dramatic moments.” Early Music Review, 1st April 2016

“For me it is a triumph and I cannot praise this too strongly. The superb notes, three essays covering eleven pages for each language, and excellent illustrations, add to the value of the issue.” MusicWeb International

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Les Éléments: Tempêtes, orages et fêtes marines

Les Éléments: Tempêtes, orages et fêtes marines


Locke:

Music from The Tempest

Marais, M:

Suite No. 4 "Airs pour les Matelots & les Tritons"

Rameau:

Air pour les Zephirs (from Les Indes Galantes)

Orage et air pour Boree (from Les Indes galantes)

Tonnerre (from Hippolyte Et Aricie)

Zoroastre: Contredanse

Zoroastre: Contredanse très vive

Rebel, J-F:

Les Élémens

Telemann:

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:C3 in C major for wind, strings & b.c. 'Hamburger Ebb und Fluth' ('Wassermusik')

Vivaldi:

Flute Concerto, Op. 10 No. 1 in F major, RV 433 'La tempesta di mare'


This double album is an invitation to explore the forces of nature, so vividly depicted by the composers at the turn of the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.

With this stunning (and first) recording of Jean-Fery Rebel’s Les Elements, Jordi Savall displays his unmatched vision of the baroque orchestral repertoire, proving that authenticity and timbral beauty aren’t mutually exclusive.

New recordings of works by Locke, Vivaldi, Marais, Telemann and Rameau - a splendidly varied and expressively wide-ranging selection - is a welcome addition to the existing landmark recordings made by Savall in this repertoire.

Pellucid engineering complements the live performances perfectly, offering warmth without excessive resonance, and letting the players shine.

“a live recording of an excellent programme with the theme of musical ‘tone painting'...I enjoyed the discs very much.” Early Music Review, 24th January 2016

“Jordi Savall directs with typical grandeur and depth of tone. The subject-matter means plenty of work for the two-man wind machine and rumbling drum department, but there is exquisite contrast too in, say, the fluty stillness of Marais’s Ritournelle or the exquisitely graceful ‘sleeping Thetis’ Sarabande of the Telemann.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

“a very rewarding exploration of how several Baroque composers treated the themes of nature and the elements.” MusicWeb International, May 2016

“All through there are striking moments with Le Concert des Nations weaving some wonderful sounds with lovely textures and harmonies, particularly towards the end … Jordi Savall has gathered together a terrific collection of music to which he and Le Concert des Nations bring life and buoyancy, colour and great textures” The Classical Reviewer, 6th February 2016

“Jordi Savall’s inventive programming explores earth, air, fire and water. The ferment of Rameau’s Tonnerre from Hippolyte meets the cooler but highly original Curtain Tune from Matthew Locke’s Tempest and Vivaldi’s bubbling Tempesta di mare concerto. Hidden in Marin Marais’ Alcione, with its tremendous Chaconne, is the surprise of a march that became a popular Christmas carol. Le Concert des Nations plays with typical verve and energy” The Guardian, 10th January 2016 ****

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