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Booklets Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice - Stereophile: Recording of the Month
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Hi-Res Booklet Onderscheidingen Gramophone Editor's Choice
From 700 to1797, the Serenissima independence had a long life from its blurry beginnings up until the Treaty of Campoformio in 1797 which bound together the Republic of Venice to Italy. This millenium is musically illustrated by Jordi Savall on his latest work. He has surrounded himself by his own troops: the Hespèrion XXI, the Capella Reial de Catalunya, the Concert des Nations, as well as numerous "guest stars" from all over the Mediterranean. The history of Venice is known to alternate between times of economic, political and military prosperity, as it found itself under threat by hostile armies from the Ottoman Empire, France, Spain and the House of Austria. We hear an Orthodox vocal ensemble from Thessaloniki, the Jewish cantor Lior Elmaleh, Orient Musicians for all the Arabic, Moorish and Ottoman influences, and Haïg Sarikouyoundjian for Armenia in this extraordinary compilation. The works range from Byzantine songs to a fairly quirky adaptation of Beethoven signed by Luigi Bordese - a four-part male choir and organ with a text by Adolphe Joly. Not forgetting Mozart’s Turkish March which is deliciously rewritten by Savall, or even the classical Ottoman musicians Monteverdi and Vivaldi, as well as Rosenmüller (who worked for a long time in Venice, after having to flee Leipzig from a grim story involving young boys… less of a scandal in Venice it seemed…), Janequin illustrating Marignan, Dufay and his Fall of Constantinople, the Crusades and the songs that followed, in short, everything that you could imagine. A sumptuous document explaining the ins and outs of the whole matter. © SM/Qobuz