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Couperin, F: Pieces de Viole

Couperin, F: Pieces de Viole

1728. with figured bass by Mr F.C.


Première suite: Prélude, Allemande légère, Courante, Sarabande grave, Gavotte, Gigue, Passacaille ou Chaconne

Deuxième suite: Prélude, Fuguéte, Pompe funèbre, La Chemise blanche


Jordi Savall (bass viol 7-string, anon, French, XVII century), Ton Koopman (harpsichord, Gilbert des Ruisseaux, end XVII century) & Ariane Maurette (bass viol Barak Norman, London 1697)

The first album made by Jordi Savall for the Astrée label!

After Mr Marin Marais and Sainte Colombe, Jordi Savall presents another summit of music for viola da gamba in his Heritage collection. This 1975 disc confirmed Couperin as a master, if proof were needed, and of his affinitities with the masters of French music.

This remastered high definition multi-channel SACD and very informative booklet complete this reissue of a must-have of the Savall oeuvre.

“Savall and co play with a warmth, a passion and a sense of freedom unsurpassed since.” Sunday Times, 16th December 2012

“Although still at the beginning of his career as a viol player, Savall, serenely supported by Ton Koopman, plays with consummate mastery of Couperin's style. He caresses the notes, and shapes and moulds the phrases, adding just the right amount of silence, allowing the music to breathe. However, some tempi now seems a little slow.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013

“handsomely packaged with excellent documentation … his [Savall] account of the ‘Sarabande grave’ has all the requisite poetry and melancholy” Classical Music, June 2013

“Jordi Savall’s interpretations of the two suites, which comprise Couperin’s Pièces de Viole, are free, spontaneous and sensible to the elusive nuances of what Couperin called ‘le bon goût’.” Early Music Today

GGramophone Magazine

Re-issue of the Month - April 2013

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Marin Marais: Pieces for Viol from the Five Books

Marin Marais: Pieces for Viol from the Five Books


Premier Livre de pieces de Viole (1686), Pieces a deux violes (with Christophe Coin) – recorded 1978

Deuxieme Livre de pieces de viole (1701) – recorded 1975

Troisieme Livre de pieces de viole( 1711) – recorded 1983

Quatrieme Livre de pieces de viole (1717), Suite d’un Gout etranger – recorded 1977

Cinquieme Livre de pieces de viole (1725) – recorded 1983


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

Between 1975 and 1983, Jordi Savall recorded five albums including the most beautiful pieces from each of the five ‘Books of Pieces for the Viol’ composed by Marin Marais between 1686 and 1725. A silence of nearly 250 years came to an end. A repertoire - and even better, an instrument - returned from oblivion.

The memory of a composer had never been so closely linked to the performing art of amusician. 35 years after the beginning of this history-making enterprise, the five Astree albums are offered in a remastered sound, that fully rewards the genius of Marin Marais and Jordi Savall. Luxuriously documented – as always with Alia Vox - this anthology is a must-have for any Baroque music lover.

The HERITAGE collection, launched by Alia Vox in 2007 with Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine (AVSA9855), aims to offer a fresh vision of the recordings that Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras and their ensembles Hespèrion XX, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations made under the Astrée label between 1977 and 1996. This unique discographic legacy of almost 70 albums, which include the most emblematic recordings of the Early Music renaissance, will be systematically remastered and edited with the meticulous care that has been Alia Vox’s hallmark since the label was founded in 1998. Both past and present productions featuring Alia Vox artists’ performances will thus be available under a single banner, allowing listeners to measure the breadth and continuity of their work over more than 30 years.

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J S Bach - Sonatas for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord

J S Bach - Sonatas for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord


Bach, J S:

Sonata BWV529 from Organ Sonata in C major

Viola da Gamba Sonatas Nos. 1-3, BWV1027-1029


Jordi Savall (viola da gamba), Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

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Ortiz, D: Trattado de glosas

Ortiz, D: Trattado de glosas


Jordi Savall (bass viol), Ton Koopman (harpsichord, organ), Lorenz Duftschmid(violone), Rolf Lislevand (vielle), Paolo Pandolfo (bass viol) & Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)

Published in Rome in 1553 and re-discovered during the 20th-Century, the 'Tratado de Glosas' by Spanish composer Diego Ortiz offers, through many variations called 'recercadas', an unmatched panorama of the instrumental music of its time.

The reissue of this 1990 album in the Heritage series enables us to listen to one of Jordi Savall’s best accomplishments, alongside Ton Koopman and Rolf Lislevand. On various themes, including 'La Folia' and 'Doulce memoire', Diego Ortiz and Jordi Savall demonstrate their science and their spirit of invention for our greatest entertainment!

“The virtuoso Jordi Savall surveys Diego Ortiz's treatise on decoration, variation and improvisation (Rome, 1553). Wonderful.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“Savall plays this music with unmatchable sympathy, his accompanists with great freedom and equivalent brilliance, and it is spell-binding- a masterly recording, essential in any collection” Early Music Review, December 2013

“Whether for the short, four-part suite for solo gamba or the lithe but weighty dances of the final ‘Recercadas sobre tenores’ the music of Tratado de Glosas is both lyrical and melodically imaginative… A fine album” Early Music Today, December 2013

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Monteverdi: Arie et Lamenti; Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi

Monteverdi: Arie et Lamenti; Madrigali Guerrieri et Amorosi


Monteverdi:

Il ottavo libro de madrigali, 1638 'Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi'

with Jordi Savall

Ohime ch'io cado

with Ton Koopman

Lettera amorosa

with Ton Koopman

Libro Nono di Magrigali e Canzonette: Si dolce è'l tormento

with Ton Koopman

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

with Ton Koopman

Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

with Ton Koopman

Salve, O Regina

with Ton Koopman

O quam pulchra es

with Ton Koopman

Exulta, filia Sion

with Ton Koopman

Pianto della Madonna 'Iam moriar, mi fili' (sopra il Lamento dell'Arianna), SV 288

with Ton Koopman

Venite, videte

with Ton Koopman


This set gathers 2 albums released in 1990 and 1994.

Each of them definitely established Montserrat Figueras as one of the best performers of Claudio Monteverdi’s vocal music. At this time, she developed an innovative style of interpretation, characterised by great fidelity to historical sources, combined with an extraordinary creative and expressive power, that has exerted a decisive influence on the whole historical music movement.

Vocal music before 1800 required a new technical and stylistic approach capable of restoring to the beauty and emotion of the voice, that most human of all forms of expression, the necessary balance between singing and declamation, with an emphasis on the poetic and spiritual dimension of the text.

She is accompanied by Jordi Savall on CD1 and Ton Koopman on CD2.

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