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Messes, Passions, Requiems - Verschenen op 1 december 2017 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
This album, In excelcis Deo, with two religious works written at the time of the Spanish war of succession, presents the Missa Scala Arentina to four choirs by the Catalan composer Francesc Valls (1671-1747) and the Mass for Two Choirs and Two Orchestras by the French composer Henry Desmarest (1661-1741), each held up as a mirror to the other. These exceptional masterpieces are tightly connected in time, one dating from 1701 and the other from 1704. The Spanish war of succession raged from 1701 to 1714 and was the last of the major wars fought by Louis XIV of France: this terrible European conflict revolved around the succession to the Spanish throne following the death of the last Spanish Hapsburg, Charles II (he was epileptic, he contracted syphilis from his mother at birth- yes, that's a thing - and he was also infertile) and, through it all, political and commercial dominance in Europe. Finally, Spain lost more or less all of its European possessions - in Italy, the Netherlands, Sardinia, and even in Spain itself, with Gibraltar falling into British hands. The Bourbons would be installed on the Spanish throne (where they still sit today), while Barcelona was "recaptured", Catalonia having taken the side of Austria and the Austrian Hapsburgs... A can of worms was opened which is still squirming today! This album, musically very ecumenical thanks to the talent of Jordi Savall, juxtaposes the works of musicians who came from countries on opposite sides of the war, whose masses were held one in Barcelona, and the other in Versailles. It is up to the listener to form their own opinion as to whether the music of the very Catholic French and the very Catholic Catalans is so different after all! © SM/Qobuz
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Classique - Verschenen op 15 oktober 2012 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - Prise de Son d'Exception - Hi-Res Audio
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Musique de chambre - Verschenen op 24 augustus 2018 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
The twenty pieces which make up the musical collection the Codex Trujillo of Peru (compiled around 1780 by Baltasar Jaime Martínez Compañón, the cantor of Lima and later bishop of Trujillo), represent an exceptional case in the history of the indigenous music of the New World. This ensemble of Tonadas, Cachuas, Tonadillas, Bayles, Cachuytas and Lanchas, lets us to get to know the country's traditional music, or as one of the Cachua texts puts it, "al uso de nuestra tierra" ("according to the ways of our land") More specifically we get to know the songs and dances of the people of the "Viceroyalty of Peru" in the late 18th century.These songs were written to be sung whilst dancing, hence the title of the album Bailar Cantando. The majority of the words are in Castilian (the Peruvian dialect) but there are also some songs in Quechua. All these elements explain the very specific character of these songs, which are very different from Spanish songs but also different to the music of other parts of the New World from the same era. The subtitle, "Fiesta Mestiza en el Perú", "Mestizo fiesta in Peru" shows the interaction between "natives" and Hispanics. It was symbolic feast celebrated with the marvellous Codex, in which all the different tribes and castes that lived together in this rich and stratified society would participate. When the Spanish arrived in Peru, following in the wake of Francisco Pizarro in 1532, the indigenous population already had more than two millennia of rich culture. As a result, the musical practices in the second half of the 17th century were fusion of local traditions and foreign influence: Iberian but also African. Jordi Savall leads the Tembembe Ensamble Continuo with many different native instruments, alongside the Ensemble Hespèrion XXI and vocalists from the Capella Reial de Catalunya. © SM/Qobuz
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Classique - Verschenen op 28 oktober 2013 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Hi-Res Audio
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Classique - Verschenen op 3 november 2014 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason - Prise de Son d'Exception

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