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Pro Pacem / Montserrat Figueras; Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Notes & Reviews:

Pro Pacem (For Peace) consists of twenty-three excerpts from the Alia Vox catalogue, spanning five centuries of music, from Gilles Binchois to Arvo Pärt. The cover art was designed by Catalan painter Antoni Tapiès, shortly before his death in February. The accompanying 1,000-page book features texts by renowned writers, including the French scholar Edgar Morin. This essential collection assembled by maestro Jordi Savall makes an eloquent statement about the world, both as it is and as it should be, and its debt to the power of music.

The Independent, 29th December 2012
The period instrument specialists from Savall's HespFrion XXI and voices from La Capella Reial de Catalunya lay down beautifully simple settings for guest vocalists from various cultures, notably the gorgeous tones of Montserrat Figueras.

The Independent on Sunday, 16th December 2012
An ambitious programme flows, from cantorial invocations and Gregorian chant, to motets by Binchois, Josquin, Guerrero and PSrt, stretching across 19 centuries of conflict. The common cause is peace, as expressed in song, painting and essay.



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