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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: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Dimitris Psonis (Santur); Jordi Savall (Rebab)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

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

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

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

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Si la noche haze escura, villancico
  • Performers: Maite Arruabarrena (Harp); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Montserrat Figueras (Harp); Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Carlos Mena (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: Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Christophe Coin (Cello); Jordi Savall (Vielle)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1547

>Vega, Lope de : Como retumban los remos
  • Performers: Rolf Lislevand (Guitar); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); 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: Lambert Climent (Tenor); Francesc Garrigosa (Tenor); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo); 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: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Jordi Savall (Vielle); 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: Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Guitar); Arianna Savall (Harp); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

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

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

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

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

>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: Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Sophie Watillon (Treble Vla da gamba); Arianna Savall (Triple Harp); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002

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

>Anonymous : Sibila Galaica
  • Performers: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
  • 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: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Begona Olavide (Psaltery); Pierre Hamon (Flute); 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); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba); Paolo Pandolfo (Viola da gamba)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

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

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ne timeas, Maria (In Annuntiatione Benissimae Mariae), motet for 4 voices
  • Performers: Eunice Brandao (Viola); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
  • 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: Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo)
  • 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: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Pedro Estevan (Percussion); Arianna Savall (Harp); Ferran Savall (Theorbo)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

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

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

>Traditional, Catalan : El fill del rei, folk song
  • Performers: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Rolf Lislevand (Guitar)
  • 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: Jordi Savall (Vielle); Montserrat Figueras (Soprano); Xavier Díaz-Latorre (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914