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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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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

bonus DVD

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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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 - 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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