Jordi Savall

Conductor

Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall, born in 1941 in Barcelona, embodies the spirit of the rich Catalan culture in which he was raised. Inspired by another great Catalan artist, Pablo Casals, whom he heard perform at Prades, the young Jordi Savall realized that music could be more than just a profession - for him, it would become an all-consuming life's work. He completed his cello studies at the Barcelona Conservatory in 1965 and, seeking to broaden his musical horizons, took an interest in early music.

Jordi Savall is widely credited with the rebirth of the viola da gamba, an instrument which has been all but ignored since the late 17th century - the period of its greatest exponents, François Couperin, Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray. Savall's ongoing musicological research - uncovering works of previously unknown composers such as Coperario, Cererols, Ferrabosco, Ortiz, and Guerrero - has made him a major force in the revival of early music.

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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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Ministriles Reales - Royal Minstrels

Ministriles Reales - Royal Minstrels

Instrumental music of the Golden Age - Renaissance & Baroque 1450-1690


anon.:

La Spagna

Dit le Bourguygnon

Collinetto

In Exitu Israel

Chiave, chiave

Buenas nuevas de alegría, villancico

Si de vos mi bien

El cervel mi fa

Propinán de Melyor

Fantaisia

Estas noches a tan largas

Un niño nos es nacido

Diferencias sobre las vacas

Buelbe tus claros ojos

Arauxo:

Batalla de Morales

Badajoz:

O desdichado de mi

Belmonte:

Glosa sobre 'Nunca fue pena mayor'

Cabanilles:

Batalla imperial

Cabezón, A:

Tiento III

Diferencias sobre el canto de 'La Dama le demanda'

Himno XVI

Cabezón, H:

Susane un jur

Cornago:

Basse danse 'Mappa mundi'

Despres:

Vive le roy

La Spagna a 5

Encina:

Quedate, Carillo

Mortal tristura me dieron

Enrique:

Pues con sombra de tristura, villancico

Ghizeghem:

De tous biens plaine

Guerrero, Francisco:

Glosas sobre Hermosa Catalina

Guerrero, P:

La perra mora (Moresca)

Heredia:

Ensalada

Tiento de Batalla

Janequin:

Pavana 'La Battaglia'

Lasso:

Jam lucis orto sidere

Omnes de Saba

Alme Deus, qui cuncta tenes

Mena:

A sombra de mis cabellos

Milán:

Pavana & Galliarda

Fantasia VIII

Ortiz, D:

Passamezzo moderno III

Romanesca VII

Ponce, J:

Ave color vini clari

Ramos de Pareja:

Mundus et Musica, canon perpetuum

Torre, F:

Danza alta

Triana:

Quien vos dio tal señorío?

Urrede:

Muy triste será mi vida

Verardi:

Historia Baetica: Viva el gran Re Don Fernando

Xerés:

No tenga nadie sperança, villancico

Part 1: Villancicos y Danzas de Altas y Baixas 1450-1530

Part 2: Fantasías, Diferencias y Batallas 1530-1690


This beautiful set gathers for the first time Spanish and French instrumental dances from the XVIth and XVIIth Centuries scattered as 'interludes' in many Astrée and Alia Vox existing releases. It is a definitive overview of this repertoire and enables us to realise just how beautiful and irresistible this music can be. Given electric performances and virile repertoire, the Royal Minstrels offer uplifting experiences. Deluxe packaging and beautiful artwork as you would expect from Alia Vox…

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

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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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Picture format: 16:9

Sound format: dts Surround / LPCM Stereo

Running time: 140 mins

Menu languages: GB

Subtitle languages: GB only

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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
SOUND: DTS SURROUND / LPCM STEREO
Subtitles: PAL - English, French, German, Spanish
NTSC - English

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Alfonso X The Wise: Cantigas de Santa Maria

Alfonso X The Wise: Cantigas de Santa Maria

Strela do dia


1. Introducción (CSM 176) 1’38

2. Santa Maria, strela do dia (CSM 100) 2’57

3. Pero cantigas de loor (CSM 400) 3’49

4. Instrumental (CSM 123) 3’41

5. Muito faz grand’erro (CSM 209) 12’25

6. Por nos de dulta tirar (CSM 18) 8’07

7. Instrumental (CSM 142) 4’13

8. Pode por Santa Maria (CSM 163) 5’08

9. Miragres fremosos faz por nos (CSM 37) 4’15

10. Instrumental (CSM 77-119) 4’08

11. De toda chaga ben pode guarir (CSM 126) 10’05

12. Pero que seja a gente (CSM 181) 6’19

13. O ffondo do mar tan chão (CSM383) 8’36

14. Conclusión (CSM 176) 2’52


February 1993 in Cardona, Spain

The 'Cantigas de Santa Maria' (Canticles of Holy Mary) are 420 poems with musical notation, written during the reign of Alfonso X The Wise (1221–1284) and often attributed to him. It is one of the largest collections of monophonic songs from the Middle Ages and is characterised by the mention of the Virgin Mary in every song.

The reissue in remastered multichannel sound of this 1993 landmark recording enables us to hear Jordi Savall and his ensembles at their best. Instrumental and vocal pieces alternate and paint a vivid picture of a repertoire, that contributed much to the birth of Western music.

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