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Lux Feminae / Figueras, Aagaard, Savall, et al

Album Summary

>Anonymous, Codex Las Huelgas : Flavit auster
>Anonymous : Judicii Signum (Sibilla Latine)
>Anonymous, Spanish : Gar kom lebare, jarcha (Al-Andalus)
>Miraval, Raimon de : Estat ai en greu cossirier
>Càrceres, Bartomeu : Soleta so jo aci
>Anonymous, El Cancionero de Colombina : Niña y viña
>Anonymous, Canconer del duc de Calabria : Yo me soy la morenica, cançion
>Moxica : Alma, buscarte has en Mi, contrafacta of "Dama, mi grande querer" (CMP)
>Anonymous, Spanish : Hal sabil likhalwa (Al-Andalus)
>Martin Codax : Cantigas (7) de amigo
>Càrceres, Bartomeu : Soleta i verge estich
>Traditional, Basque : Nana (Aurtxo txikia negarrez), traditional lullaby
>Sephardic, Anonymous : Plany d'Estelina
>Anonymous, Spanish : Saeta antigua (Andalucía)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following on the incredible success of her album of lullabies entitled 'Ninna Nanna,' soprano Montserrat Figueras presents 'Lux Feminae' - a collection of music that invokes the essence of the feminine: its message, its strength, its pain, its sacral dimension and its light. The words and music on 'Lux Feminae' span from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance and focus on the central role of woman in Hispanic culture, whether Christian, Jewish or Muslim, illustrating the rich, profound and multi-faceted myth of the universal feminine. "Montserrat Figueras' deep, plangent contralto is the exact equivalent of her husband's instrument, a sound that makes strong men weak." - LA Weekly

"the best kind of musical archaeology, performed with imagination and unquenchable enthusiasm." -The Guardian

"Figueras is in her element. She can be dramatic or passionate, facetious or sorrowful; a young girl who wants her freedom and is only restrained with difficulty; and a saintly soul in a mystical union with God. Highly recommended." -Gramophone Magazine



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>Anonymous, Codex Las Huelgas : Flavit auster
  • Performers: Tina Aagaard (Soprano); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Arianna Savall (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.

>Anonymous : Judicii Signum (Sibilla Latine)
  • Performers: Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Arianna Savall (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Begona Olavide (Cantor); Tina Aagaard (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.

>Anonymous, Spanish : Gar kom lebare, jarcha (Al-Andalus)
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Begona Olavide (Percussion); Driss El Maloumi (Oud)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Written: 11th Century

>Miraval, Raimon de : Estat ai en greu cossirier
  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Càrceres, Bartomeu : Soleta so jo aci
  • Performers: Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Jordi Savall (Rebab); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.

>Anonymous, El Cancionero de Colombina : Niña y viña
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Jordi Savall (Rebab); Carlo Rizzo (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Anonymous, Canconer del duc de Calabria : Yo me soy la morenica, cançion
  • Performers: Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Written: 1555

>Moxica : Alma, buscarte has en Mi, contrafacta of "Dama, mi grande querer" (CMP)
  • Performers: Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Jordi Savall (Rebab); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.

>Anonymous, Spanish : Hal sabil likhalwa (Al-Andalus)
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Driss El Maloumi (Oud); Begona Olavide (Psaltery)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Written: 10th Century

>Martin Codax : Cantigas (7) de amigo
  • Performers: Arianna Savall (Harp); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Tina Aagaard (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 13th Century

>Càrceres, Bartomeu : Soleta i verge estich
  • Performers: Carlo Rizzo (Percussion); Jordi Savall (Rebab); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.

>Traditional, Basque : Nana (Aurtxo txikia negarrez), traditional lullaby
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Sephardic, Anonymous : Plany d'Estelina
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Medieval

>Anonymous, Spanish : Saeta antigua (Andalucía)
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Marc Clos (Percussion); Pierre Hamon (Flute)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.

>Anonymous, Codex Las Huelgas : Flavit auster
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Arianna Savall (Harp); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Tina Aagaard (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.