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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.

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

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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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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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Boccherini: Sinfonias & String Quintets

Boccherini: Sinfonias & String Quintets


Boccherini:

Quintet No. 4 in D G448 'Fandango'

Sinfonia in D minor, Op. 37 No. 3, G. 517

Sinfonia in A major, Op. 35 No. 3, G. 511

String Quintet Op. 30 No. 6 in C major (Quintettino), G324 'La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid


“From the age of 25 Boccherini lived in Spain… and Spanish elements lend distinctive colours to his music. Bubbling high spirits from composer and performers alike produce a most entertaining disc.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 ****

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Handel - Water Music Suites

Handel - Water Music Suites


Handel:

Water Music Suite No. 1 in F major, HWV348

Water Music Suite No. 2 in D major, HWV349

Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV351


Recorded March 1993, remastered February 2008

“An outstanding disc which I foolishly overlooked back in 1993, not realising Savall et al. were such fine Handelians; it sounds spectacular now, remastered from stereo to effective but not overblown multi-channel SACD.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2008 *****

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Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (Orchestral version, 1786)

Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (Orchestral version, 1786)


The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross was premièred in Cadiz, a city at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula.

It was commissioned by a confraternity called the Hermandad de la Santa Cueva at the end of the 18th century. At this time, Cadiz was a prosperous and cosmopolitan city and Haydn was famous all over Europe.

For his second recording of this masterpiece, Jordi Savall has decided to play not only on period instruments, but also in a 'period place', the Santa Cueva Church, in which the première took place in 1786. Moreover, Jordi Savall has commissioned two texts from the theologist Raimon Panikkar and the writer José Saramago (Nobel Prize for Literature 1998). Returning to the original context for which Haydn's work was written, he thought it fitting to invite two great masters of spiritual and humanistic thought of our own day to complement the brief Biblical quotations with a series of texts and commentaries which reflect their profound spiritual and humanistic convictions. Follow that!

“Savall shows an awareness not only of the music's sense of drama, but also of its nobility of expression, solemnity and imaginative use of sonority. This is as good a performance of the original version of the piece I have heard. ” BBC Music Magazine, November 2007 *****

“Though his period orchestra, based on a string section of 16, is smaller than I find ideal, Jordi Savall directs a good, straightforward performance, carefully balanced, and minutely attentive to the composer's markings, not least the disruptive sforzando accents that pepper the score. The Earthquake, complete with gunfire timpani and screeching, snarling valveless brass, is properly convulsive.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2007

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Lully: L’Orchestre du Roi Soleil

Lully: L’Orchestre du Roi Soleil

The Orchestra of the Sun King - Symphonies, Ouvertures et Airs à jouer


Lully:

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (suite)

Le Divertissement Royal (suite)

Alceste (suite)

Chaconne de l'Amour médecin


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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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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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