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Francisco Javier - The Route of the Orient / Savall, et al

Album Summary

>Savall, Jordi : Francicso Javier
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Following the acclaim he garnered for his 'Christopher Columbus' project, Jordi Savall set out to recreate in music the voyages of St. Francis Xavier (1506- 1553). Between 1541 and 1552, the Spanish-born Jesuit missionary undertook several far-reaching expeditions to the East, making stops in Mozambique, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan (which he was among the first Europeans to discover). Music played an important role in winning converts among the people Francis visited: their native melodies were typically used for setting Christian texts. Musicians from some of these diverse cultures have now teamed up with Savall for this ambitious new recording. Listen as Western music meets African percussion and Japanese folk instruments in this stunning multi-cultural collaboration, packaged as a deluxe 300-page CD-Book.

"Highlights here include performances by El Maloumi (oud), Zuckermand (sarod) and Seki (shakuhachi), while the singing of Yokio Tanaka (accompanying himself on biwa), though not an easy taste to acquire, undoubtedly displays great skills. Savall's regular colleagues - Hespèrion, La Capella Reial and the divine Figueras - are as superb on this recording as ever." -BBC Music Magazine *****

"This interesting package traces Francis Xavier's life, from his birth in Navarre to his death off the coast of China. The music is beautifully performed and recorded. The first track, marking Xavier's birth, is an 'alba' played on the shawm. Vocal and instrumental pieces follow..." -Gramophone Magazine


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>Savall, Jordi : Francicso Javier :: La Ruta de Oriente, historical readings and music
  • Performers: Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Psaltery); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Beatrice Delpierre (Shawm); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Yuko Tanaka (Biwa); Ken Zuckerman (Sarod); Masako Hirao (Bass Viola da gamba); Lambert Climent (Tenor); Jordi Ricart (Baritone); Hiroyuki Koinuma (Shinobue); Ichiro Seki (Shakuhachi); Lahoucine Baquir (Percussion); Yukio Tanaka (Biwa); Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Vihuela); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Prahbu Edouart (Tabla); Pierre Hamon (Flute); David Sagastume (Countertenor); Dimitris Psonis (Percussion); Dimitris Psonis (Bells)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006