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Arianna Savall: Hirundo Maris / Petter Udland Johansen, Sveinung Lilleheier, Miquel Àngel Cordero and David Mayoral

Audio Samples

>Traditional, Catalan : El Mestre, folk song
>Traditional, Sephardic : Buenas noches, folk song
>Traditional, Sephardic : Ya salio de la mar la galana (She Came Out of the Sea), song (Salonica)
>Traditional, Norwegian : Om kvelden (At Dusk), song
>Traditional, Catalan : El mariner, folk song
>Savall, Arianna : Le chant des etoiles (The Song of the Stars)
>Traditional, Sephardic : Morena me llaman, folk song
>Traditional, Norwegian : Bendik og Arolilja
>Traditional, Norwegian : Ormen lange (The Long Serpent), folk song
>Ribayaz, Lucas Ruiz de : Tarantela, for guitar or harp (from Luz y norte musical)
>Traditional, British Isles : The Water Is Wide, folk song
>Traditional, Christmas : El Noi de la Mare, carol (Catalan)
>Traditional, Christmas : Josep i Maria, carol (Catalan)
>Johansen, Petter Udland : Penselstrok (Brushstroke), song
>Traditional, Norwegian : Halling (Wood Cutter's Dance)
>Traditional, Sephardic : Yo m'enamori d'un ayre, song
>Holmberg, Margit : Trollmors vuggesang (Mother Troll's Lullaby), song

Album Summary

>Traditional, Catalan : El Mestre, folk song
>Traditional, Sephardic : Buenas noches, folk song
>Traditional, Sephardic : Ya salio de la mar la galana (She Came Out of the Sea), song (Salonica)
>Traditional, Norwegian : Om kvelden (At Dusk), song
>Traditional, Catalan : El mariner, folk song
>Savall, Arianna : Le chant des etoiles (The Song of the Stars)
>Traditional, Sephardic : Morena me llaman, folk song
>Traditional, Norwegian : Bendik og Arolilja
>Traditional, Norwegian : Ormen lange (The Long Serpent), folk song
>Ribayaz, Lucas Ruiz de : Tarantela, for guitar or harp (from Luz y norte musical)
>Traditional, British Isles : The Water Is Wide, folk song
>Traditional, Christmas : El Noi de la Mare, carol (Catalan)
>Traditional, Christmas : Josep i Maria, carol (Catalan)
>Johansen, Petter Udland : Penselstrok (Brushstroke), song
>Traditional, Norwegian : Halling (Wood Cutter's Dance)
>Traditional, Sephardic : Yo m'enamori d'un ayre, song
>Holmberg, Margit : Trollmors vuggesang (Mother Troll's Lullaby), song
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Hirundo Maris is Latin for "sea swallow" and, like that bird's nomadic flight, harpist Arriana Savall's quintet - part early music ensemble, part folk group - drifts on musical currents between Norway and Catalonia, and adds its own songs, created on the wing. Savall and co-leader Petter Udland Johansen have shaped a band with a bright, glistening timbral blend, capped by Arianna's ice-clear voice, well-equipped to address songs of the north and the south.

Sunday Times, July 2012
This disc is dedicated to the memory of Savall's mother, the Catalan early-music soprano Montserrat Figueras, who died last November. The daughter has taken much from her parent - but, with her Norwegian colleague Petter Udland Johansen, Savall brings other sound worlds to bear.

American Record Guide, November/December 2012
Savall's voice is not as dramatic or colorful as her mother's, but it is very subtle and expressive, and Johansen's lyric baritone is also very enticing. Most of the songs are very moderate in both tempo and expression (maybe "mellow" would be a better word; even the instrumental Tarantela by Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz is rather slow). Only one Norwegian dance song and one Catalan song have an uptempo feel. The addition of the sound effect of waves on one song enhances this recording's new age ambiance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Propstei St. Gerold (01/2011).

Hirundo Maris is dedicated to the memory of Montserrat Figueras, the legendary advocate, researcher, and performer of Renaissance and Baroque music, particularly that of the Mediterranean basin, who died in 2011, after the album was recorded but before it was released. It features her daughter, singer and harpist Arianna Savall, in arrangements of folk repertoire from the Catalan, Sephardic, Norwegian, and Scottish traditions. The title, Latin for sea swallow, refers to the centrality of the sea in all these traditions, and its subtitle, "Songs of South and North," to the connections between the traditions that sea facilitated, connections that are evident in the similarities between the songs. Savall and singer Petter Udland Johansen, who also plays a Hardanger fiddle and mandolin, made most of the arrangements, and are joined by Sveinung Lilleheier, guitar, dobro, and voice; Miquel Angel Cordero, double bass and voice; and David Mayoral, percussion and voice.

Savall has a pleasing, sweet, pure voice, not as expansive or as penetrating as that of her mother (to whom she bears a striking physical resemblance), but especially well suited to this folk-style repertoire. She and the other singers perform these evocative, melancholy songs with clear, focused tone and terrific intonation, and with the unmannered directness of folk singers. The tone of most of the songs is understated but poignantly yearning, and that mood is beautifully expressed in the delicacy and sensitivity of the performances. The accompaniments are lovely and simple but sophisticated; they reflect Savall's lifetime exposure to her parents' disciplined and lively approaches to early music interpretation and its relation to folk traditions. The sound of the ECM New Series album, produced by Manfred Eicher, is characteristically immaculate and natural. The recording should appeal not only to fans of international folk music but of historically informed performances of early vocal music for which Savall's family is famous. ~ Stephen Eddins



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Works Details

>Traditional, Catalan : El Mestre, folk song
  • Performers: Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Harp)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Sephardic : Buenas noches, folk song
  • Performers: Petter Johansen (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : Ya salió de la mar la galana (She Came Out of the Sea), song (Salonica)
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Voice); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.

>Traditional, Norwegian : Om kvelden (At Dusk), song
  • Performers: Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 38 sec.

>Traditional, Catalan : El mariner, folk song
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Savall, Arianna : Le chant des étoiles (The Song of the Stars)
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Sephardic : Morena me llaman, folk song
  • Performers: Petter Johansen (Voice); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.

>Traditional, Norwegian : Bendik og Årolilja
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Norwegian : Ormen lange (The Long Serpent), folk song
  • Performers: Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.

>Ribayaz, Lucas Ruiz de : Tarantela, for guitar or harp (from Luz y norte musical)
  • Performers: Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1677

>Traditional, British Isles : The Water Is Wide, folk song
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Petter Johansen (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.

>Traditional, Christmas : El Noi de la Mare, carol (Catalan)
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 15th Century

>Traditional, Christmas : Josep i Maria, carol (Catalan)
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Voice); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Form: Christmas

>Johansen, Petter Udland : Penselstrok (Brushstroke), song
  • Performers: Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); David Mayoral (Percussion); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Petter Johansen (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Traditional, Norwegian : Halling (Wood Cutter's Dance)
  • Performers: Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.

>Traditional, Sephardic : Yo m'enamori d'un ayre, song
  • Performers: Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass); Petter Johansen (Voice)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.

>Holmberg, Margit : Trollmors vuggesang (Mother Troll's Lullaby), song
  • Performers: Petter Johansen (Voice); Sveinung Lilleheier (Voice); David Mayoral (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Arianna Savall (Gothic Harp); Miquel Cordero (Voice); Petter Johansen (Mandolin); Sveinung Lilleheier (Guitar); Sveinung Lilleheier (Dobro); Miquel Cordero (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern