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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.

“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

“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 ****

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Vivaldi: Farnace

Vivaldi: Farnace

(complete opera, including extracts from Francesco Corselli's Farnace)


Furio Zanasi (Farnace), Adriana Fernández (Berenice), Sara Mingardo (Tamiri), Gloria Banditelli (Selinda), Sonia Prina (Pompeo), Cinzia Forte (Gilade), Fulvio Bettini (Aquilio)

Coro del Teatro de la Zarzuela, Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

This recording of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace is the first complete recording, including all the arias and choruses from the 1731 version, as well as restoring Tamiri’s recitativo accompagnato from the 1738 version. For historical and conceptual reasons, each of the three acts is preceded by different examples from Corselli’s version of the opera, which was presented in Madrid in 1738. The entire version is built around a selection of the best interpretations from the last two performances recorded live at Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, on 26 and 28 October, 2001. It should therefore be pointed out that any differences of sound or mood which may occasionally seem to affect the singing, or give the impression of the singers being further away, are due to the singers’ position on the stage. Any small inconvenience arising from the recording of a live stage performance is amply compensated for by the great spontaneity of the Recitatives and the sincerity of feeling in the Arias, in which the singers truly improvise some ornamentations in the da capo sections of the Arias in question.

An opera is always an all-round spectacle, in which text, declamation, music, song, dance and theatre enter into a dialogue and are united in their one common objective: to invite us to dream by drawing us into a Utopian world, one which is always full of magic, beauty and emotion.

Jordi Savall, Madrid, October 2001

“Headed by Savall at his most inspired, Le Concert des Nations is, as ever, truly outstanding. In this superb collaboration with the Chorus of La Zarzuela, the intensity of performance is sustained over the almost three hours of music and action on stage in a display of the characteristic richness of timbre and rhythmic power that we have come to associate with this ensemble. This is a spectacular and indispensable recording.” CD Classics

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Vivaldi - The Viola da Gamba in Concerto

Vivaldi - The Viola da Gamba in Concerto


Vivaldi:

Concerto for Violin & Viola da gamba, 'La maggiore' RV546

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 11 'Con due Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 565

Concerto funebre in B flat major RV579

Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra in F major, RV 544 'Il Proteo o sia il mondo al rovescio'

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

Concerto, Op. 3 No. 10 'Con quattro Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 580

Concerto for mixed instruments RV555


Manfredo Kraemer, Pablo Valetti (violins), Bruno Cocset (cello), Imke David (viola da gamba)

Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (viola da gamba & conductor)

It is only recently that two seemingly unconnected names, those of Vivaldi and the viola da gamba, have been uttered in the same breath. The established, uncontested view on the matter was quite simply this: from the middle of the 17th century, the viol, which was still flourishing north of the Alps, had all but disappeared in Italy, where it had been replaced by the bass violin and, subsequently, by the cello.

Yet, among the more than 800 surviving works by Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741), five include movements for an instrument that Vivaldi refers to variously as "viola inglese" (English viol), "viola all inglese" or "violoncello all‚inglese". Clearly, the instrument was not a member of the violin family, although for centuries musicians have performed these parts on the baritone cello. In fact, it now seems clear from recent research that the viola da gamba had not entirely disappeared in Italy: Vivaldi was introduced to the viol by his father Giovanni Battista Vivaldi (the latter being employed at the Ospedale dei mendicanti in Venice, which boasted a consort of seven viols). In addition to his violin classes, from 1704 Antonio Vivaldi also taught the "viola all’inglese" at Ospedale della Pietà. Evidence has been found of numerous instruments being loaned to the institutions of the Pietà by rich Venetians. The golden age of the viol at the Pietà therefore exactly coincided with the period during which Vivaldi composed works including this instrument, around 1720.

This album brings together all of Vivaldi's concerti containing one or several parts written expressly for the viola da gamba. Of these, three contain handwritten notes by the composer calling for the "viole all’inglese". The earliest, the Concerto in A Major RV 546, dates from 1720, giving a new lease of life to the use of this instrument; the contrast between the tones of the violin and the bass viol holds a special fascination. The Concerto Funebrein B flat major RV579, with soprano viola da gamba, lends a subtle tone to this highly expressive work. The Concerto con molti Istromenti in C major RV 555 uses two treble viols; it is an unusual work with some superb effects of instrumental colour. To these magnificent pieces are added the Concerto in F major RV 540 for violin and cello, the Concerto in B minor RV 580, with 4 violins and cello, and the Concerti in D minor and G minor, where the cello part is played by the viola da gamba.

The original autographs, which are preserved in the Turin National Library, bear witness to Vivaldi’s extraordinary inventiveness in the combination of timbres and the development of the concertante and virtuoso language, which ranges from the elegiac Concerto Funebre to the dazzling Concerto per molti Istromenti.

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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.

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

“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

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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.

“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 ****

“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

“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

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

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