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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Francois Couperin: Pieces de Violes, 1728 / Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Ariane Maurette
J.S. Bach: Cantatas for Ascension Day - Lfenneke Ruiten, Meg Bragle, Andrew Tortise, Dietrich Henschel / Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir
La Capella Reial de Catalunya: 25 Years / Hesperion XX; Montserrat Figueras, Jordi Savall
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (highlights) arr. for Wind Quintet; Quartet in E flat, Op. 44/3; Nocturno, Op. 24 / Ma'alot Quintet
Erasmus von Rotterdam: In Praise of Folly / Marc Mauillon, Louise Moaty, René Zosso (narrators). Jordi Savall
Richard Eilenberg (b. 1848): Petersburger Schlittenfahrt; Waltzes; Polkas / WDR Radio Orch.
Spheres / Daniel Hope, violin, Jacques Ammon, Chie Peters, Juan Lucas Aisemberg and Christiane Starke
Orlando di Lasso: Hymnus / Die Singphoniker
Sea Change: The Choral Music of Richard Rodney Bennett / Cambridge Singers, John Rutter