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The Voice of Emotion / Montserrat Figueras, Jordi Savall

Audio Samples

>Word, Spoken : Nunc iam cessit Pontus et omnis partitur leges / Vienient annis sæcula (from Act 2 of Seneca's "Mede
>Traditional, Berber : Amazigh Lullaby ("I met my big brother")
>Traditional, Sephardic : Palestina hermoza y santa
>de Milán, Luis : Triste estava muy quexosa
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Si la noche haze escura, villancico
>Mudarra, Alonso de : Tres libros de musica en cifras
>Rore, Cipriano de : Anchor che col partire, madrigal
>Vega, Lope de : Como retumban los remos
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Antiphone
>     Salve, Regina à 8
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lamento della ninfa
>     Amor
>Caccini, Giulio : Con le luci d'un bel ciglio
>Merula, Tarquinio : Hor ch'è tempo di dormire, for voice & ensemble
>Hidalgo, Juan : Ay, que me rio de Amor
>Durón, Sebastián : Salir el amor al mundo
>Reichardt, Johann Friedrich : Dors mon enfant
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Ti ricordi che giurasti
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Las mujeres y cuerdas (Women and guitar strings), seguidilla for voice & guitar
>Mussorgsky, Modest : With the Doll (S kukloy), song for voice & piano (The Nursery no 4)
>Pärt, Arvo : Rozhdestvenskaya Koybel'naya, berceuse de Noël, for female voices & piano
>Traditional, Sephardic : Por qué llorax blanca niña
>Anonymous : Sibila Galaica
>Dia, Beatriz de : A chantar m'er de so qu'en no volria, song
>Anonymous, Catalonian : El Misteri d'Elx
>     Planctus
>Anonymous, El Cancionero de Colombina : Niña y viña
>Narváez. Luys de : Con que la lavare?
>Anonymous, Canconer del duc de Calabria : Yo me soy la morenica, cançion
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Aura soave, for voice and continuo
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Si dolce è'l tormento, madrigal for solo voice, SV 332
>Caccini, Giulio : Alme luci beate
>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
>Marín, José : No piense menguilla ya, for voice & guitar (or continuo)
>Hidalgo, Juan : Tono Humano
>     Trompicávalas amor, for voice & ensemble
>Traditional, Catalan : El fill del rei, folk song
>Cereols, Joan : Missa pro defunctis
>     7. Hei mihi
>Falla, Manuel de : Popular Spanish Songs
>     Nana

Album Summary

>Word, Spoken : Nunc iam cessit Pontus et omnis partitur leges / Vienient annis sæcula (from Act 2 of Seneca's "Mede
>Traditional, Berber : Amazigh Lullaby ("I met my big brother")
>Traditional, Sephardic : Palestina hermoza y santa
>de Milán, Luis : Triste estava muy quexosa
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Si la noche haze escura, villancico
>Mudarra, Alonso de : Tres libros de musica en cifras
>Rore, Cipriano de : Anchor che col partire, madrigal
>Vega, Lope de : Como retumban los remos
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Antiphone
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lamento della ninfa
>Caccini, Giulio : Con le luci d'un bel ciglio
>Merula, Tarquinio : Hor ch'è tempo di dormire, for voice & ensemble
>Hidalgo, Juan : Ay, que me rio de Amor
>Durón, Sebastián : Salir el amor al mundo
>Reichardt, Johann Friedrich : Dors mon enfant
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Ti ricordi che giurasti
>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Las mujeres y cuerdas (Women and guitar strings), seguidilla for voice & guitar
>Mussorgsky, Modest : With the Doll (S kukloy), song for voice & piano (The Nursery no 4)
>Pärt, Arvo : Rozhdestvenskaya Koybel'naya, berceuse de Noël, for female voices & piano
>Traditional, Sephardic : Por qué llorax blanca niña
>Anonymous : Sibila Galaica
>Dia, Beatriz de : A chantar m'er de so qu'en no volria, song
>Anonymous, Catalonian : El Misteri d'Elx
>Anonymous, El Cancionero de Colombina : Niña y viña
>Narváez. Luys de : Con que la lavare?
>Anonymous, Canconer del duc de Calabria : Yo me soy la morenica, cançion
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Aura soave, for voice and continuo
>Monteverdi, Claudio : Si dolce è'l tormento, madrigal for solo voice, SV 332
>Caccini, Giulio : Alme luci beate
>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
>Marín, José : No piense menguilla ya, for voice & guitar (or continuo)
>Hidalgo, Juan : Tono Humano
>Traditional, Catalan : El fill del rei, folk song
>Cereols, Joan : Missa pro defunctis
>Falla, Manuel de : Popular Spanish Songs
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In November 2011, the music world suffered a huge loss with the passing of the great soprano Montserrat Figueras. Acclaimed in recent years for her exceptional work with her husband Jordi Savall, both in performance and in recordings for their Alia Vox label, Figueras' was famed not only as a vocalist but also for her scholarly efforts in the area of musicology. This comprehensive tribute album presents a selection of highlights from Figueras' career. It includes recordings she made for the Astrée, DHM, EMI and Alia Vox labels. Appropriately titled La Voix de l'émotion, this 35 track album is a fitting celebration of the depth, power and skill that were emblematic of Figueras' musical style.

"These disc books by Jordi Savall and his regular colleagues in early music are some of the proudest acclaims of contemporary recording— fat, luxuriant books of notes on all the music performed within, including lyrics and translations into the major European languages, including English. Savall’s wife, Catalan soprano Montserrat Figueras, died in November at the age of 69 after a long battle with cancer. This beautiful two-disc memorial compilation gives you the sumptuous length and breadth of her enchanted art, from Sephardic songs, pre-Baroque, Baroque, Romantic, Modern and postmodern repertoire all the way up to Arvo Part. In other words, you’ll find here songs by everyone from Victoria and Montederdi up to Sor, Mussorgsky and DeFalla. The combination of her voice and Savall’s ensembles was one of the great pleasures of recorded music in the past few decades." -Buffalo News

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Figueras had a voice that was not large or opulent. Rather, it had a somewhat edgy, almost steely sound. Yet, relying on unfailing intonation, she could phrase and adjust vocal colors to achieve expressive effects that were entirely her own. She was simply unique and has no direct successors or parallels.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1978/2009.



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>Word, Spoken : Nunc iam cessit Pontus et omnis partitur leges / Vienient annis sæcula (from Act 2 of Seneca's "Mede
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Rebab); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Dimitris Psonis (Santur)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Traditional, Berber : Amazigh Lullaby ("I met my big brother")
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Pedro Estevan (Pandeiro); Driss El Maloumi (Oud)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : Palestina hermoza y santa
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Michaël Grébil (Ceterone); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.

>de Milán, Luis : Triste estava muy quexosa
  • Performers: Hopkinson Smith (Vihuela); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1536

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Si la noche haze escura, villancico
  • Performers: Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Montserrat Figueras (Harp); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Carlos Mena (Harp); Maite Arruabarrena (Harp)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Mudarra, Alonso de : Tres libros de musica en cifras
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Hopkinson Smith (Vihuela)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1546

>Rore, Cipriano de : Anchor che col partire, madrigal
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Christophe Coin (Cello); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1547

>Vega, Lope de : Como retumban los remos
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); José Moreno (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Antiphone :: Salve, Regina à 8
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Lamento della ninfa :: Amor
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Francesc Garrigosa (Tenor); Lambert Climent (Tenor); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Daniele Carnovich (Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1638

>Caccini, Giulio : Con le luci d'un bel ciglio
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Xenia Schindler (Harp)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1614

>Merula, Tarquinio : Hor ch'è tempo di dormire, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Imke David (Bass Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal

>Hidalgo, Juan : Ay, que me rio de Amor
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Arianna Savall (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Guitar); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Durón, Sebastián : Salir el amor al mundo
  • Performers: Hopkinson Smith (Theorbo); Ton Koopman (Piano); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Christophe Coin (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Reichardt, Johann Friedrich : Dors mon enfant
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1798

>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Ti ricordi che giurasti
  • Performers: José Moreno (Guitar); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Sor, Fernando [Composer] : Las mujeres y cuerdas (Women and guitar strings), seguidilla for voice & guitar
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); José Moreno (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mussorgsky, Modest : With the Doll (S kukloy), song for voice & piano (The Nursery no 4)
  • Performers: Paul Badura-Skoda (Piano); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Pärt, Arvo : Rozhdestvenskaya Koybel'naya, berceuse de Noël, for female voices & piano
  • Performers: Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Sophie Watillon (Treble Vla da gamba); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

>Traditional, Sephardic : Por qué llorax blanca niña
  • Performers: Pedro Memelsdorff (Flute); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 40 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous : Sibila Galaica
  • Performers: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.

>Dia, Beatriz de : A chantar m'er de so qu'en no volria, song
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Written: 11th Century

>Anonymous, Catalonian : El Misteri d'Elx :: Planctus
  • Performers: Pierre Hamon (Flute); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, El Cancionero de Colombina : Niña y viña
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XX
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Narváez. Luys de : Con que la lavare?
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Rolf Lislevand (Vihuela); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Canconer del duc de Calabria : Yo me soy la morenica, cançion
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Vihuela); Fahmi Alqhai (Viola da gamba); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Written: 1555

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
  • Performers: Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Eunice Brandao (Viola); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Luzzaschi, Luzzasco : Aura soave, for voice and continuo
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Monteverdi, Claudio : Si dolce è'l tormento, madrigal for solo voice, SV 332
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1624

>Caccini, Giulio : Alme luci beate
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Merula, Tarquinio : Curtio precipitato et altri capricii, Op. 13
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Arianna Savall (Harp); Ferran Savall (Theorbo); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Marín, José : No piense menguilla ya, for voice & guitar (or continuo)
  • Performers: Arianna Savall (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Adela Gonzalez-Campa (Castanets); Pedro Estevan (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Hidalgo, Juan : Tono Humano :: Trompicávalas amor, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Leopoldo Novoa (Guitar); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Eduardo Egüez (Guitar); Enrique Barona (Jarana); Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Dimitris Psonis (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Traditional, Catalan : El fill del rei, folk song
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Cereols, Joan : Missa pro defunctis :: 7. Hei mihi
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Falla, Manuel de : Popular Spanish Songs :: Nana
  • Performers: Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Guitar); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914