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Classical - Released October 5, 2018 | Alia Vox

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Chamber Music - Released August 24, 2018 | Alia Vox

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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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Classical - Released May 11, 2018 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released March 30, 2018 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released January 26, 2018 | Alia Vox

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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
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released December 1, 2017 | Alia Vox

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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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Classical - Released October 13, 2017 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released May 5, 2017 | Alia Vox

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With the release of this new recording dedicated to Heinrich Isaac, in memory of the 500th anniversary of his death, ALIA VOX pays tribute to one of the greatest Renaissance composers. Isaac was born in Brabant but spent most of his life travelling around Europe, first to the court of Burgundy, the Austria, and finally Italy and Germany. At the invitation of Lorenzo the Magnificent in 1488, he moved to Florence, the city he continued to call home through all his subsequent travels, and where he became a highly regarded and much admired member of the Medici court. Some years after Lorenzo’s death in 1492, he also became the principal composer at the court of emperor Maximilian I of Habsburg until his own death, and, whatever his extensive travels from one court to another, spent most of his time in Florence. The programme of this album is conceived as a “life in music” that could illustrate, within the short space of a recording, the immense richness and creative diversity of this great Renaissance composer. ALIA VOX also offers a short chronological evocation of some of the key events in his life, as well as the key moments in history for which his music was composed or performed; these works include A la battaglia, which illustrates the battle between Genoa and Florence for the control of Sarzanello castle, and Quis dabit capiti meo aquam, a deeply moving lamento on the occasion of Lorenzo’s death. And since the musical journey begins with Isaac’s own birth, Jordi Savall and the musiciens of the ensembles La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI have had to slightly bend the chronological musical narrative, choosing to illustrate the early years Isaac’s life with some of his owb most beautiful compositions (naturally written several years later). A special mention goes for the song Innsbruck, ich muß dich lassen written 1484, and later adopted by the Reformation under the shape and name of the chorale O welt, ich muß dich lassen which Bach himself used in both his Passions. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released April 14, 2017 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released February 17, 2017 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica - Songlines Five-star review
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Classical - Released December 2, 2016 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released October 28, 2016 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released May 20, 2016 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released May 6, 2016 | Alia Vox

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Classical - Released March 11, 2016 | Alia Vox

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Symphonies - Released February 26, 2016 | Alia Vox

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"Jordi Savall saisit à la perfection l'energie puissante de l'oeuvre, le nuage de poudre flotte encore dans l'air." (James Jolly, Gramophone's Editor-in-Chief)
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released September 4, 2015 | Alia Vox

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Fifteen years after his first foray into the world of Biber (Missa Bruxellensis, Requiem), Jordi Savall now offers us his interpretation of the maestro’s other mass work, Missa Salisburgensis. This piece requires 53 voices, a number Savall conducted a few months ago as part of a performance at the Konzerthaus in Vienna during the famous "Resonanzen" festival. For Savall, the Missa Salisburgensis ‘dominates the world of polychoral music through the complexity and richness of its writing. It always creates a unique sound in its spatial expression; symbolising, with exuberance, the greatness of divine power - be it political or religious.’ In completing this amazing masterpiece of the seventeenth century, the Catalan musicians has chosen an unfairly neglected work of the period, Biber’s Battaglia, a completely mad work of genius.
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Masses, Passions, Requiems - Released September 4, 2015 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
Fifteen years after his first foray into the world of Biber (Missa Bruxellensis, Requiem), Jordi Savall now offers us his interpretation of the maestro’s other mass work, Missa Salisburgensis. This piece requires 53 voices, a number Savall conducted a few months ago as part of a performance at the Konzerthaus in Vienna during the famous "Resonanzen" festival. For Savall, the Missa Salisburgensis ‘dominates the world of polychoral music through the complexity and richness of its writing. It always creates a unique sound in its spatial expression; symbolising, with exuberance, the greatness of divine power - be it political or religious.’ In completing this amazing masterpiece of the seventeenth century, the Catalan musicians has chosen an unfairly neglected work of the period, Biber’s Battaglia, a completely mad work of genius. © SM/Qobuz
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Full Operas - Released June 8, 2015 | Alia Vox

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Full Operas - Released June 8, 2015 | Alia Vox

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4 étoiles de Classica

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