Lachrimae Caravaggio / Savall, Fernandez, et al

Album Summary

>Savall, Jordi : Lachrimae Caravaggio, for early music ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

This new release from Alia Vox is unique in many ways. First, it is an album in which almost all the music has been written by Jordi Savall, including a number of compositions and improvisations based on arrangements of works by Gesualdo, Monteverdi and Trabaci. It is also a special collaboration between Savall and French writer Dominique Fernandez, who together have created an impassioned tribute to the extraordinary Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. Lachrimae Caravaggio focuses on seven of the artist's most disturbing works, as selected by Fernandez. The deluxe, full color booklet includes Fernandez's probing commentary into each of the selected paintings. In turn, these works provided the inspiration for Savall's seven musical "stanzas," which form a kind of imaginary soundtrack to the artwork though which Savall and his musicians submerge the listener in a mysterious and enveloping world of sound.

"Jordi Savall devised this music for Caravaggio exhibition in Barcelona... A haunting 'Cantus Caravaggio' recurs throughout, opening and closing with austere flute. Savall's original contributions include an inventive passacaglia, as well as a terrifying quasi-funeral march, and pieces based on extant 17th-century music chosen particularly for its intense dissonance and seeming modernity... SACD sound greatly enhances the immediacy of winds, strings, and Ferran Savall's bleak voice, in this extraordinary conception." -BBC Music Magazine *****

"SACD sound greatly enhances the immediacy of winds, strings, and Ferran Savall's bleak voice, in this extraordinary conception." BBC Music Magazine



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>Savall, Jordi : Lachrimæ Caravaggio, for early music ensemble
  • Performers: Pierre Hamon (Flute); Luca Guglielmi (Harpsichord); Luca Guglielmi (Organ); Matthias Spaeter (Theorbo); Xavier Puertas (Violin); Riccardo Minasi (Violin); Jordi Savall (Vielle); Ferran Savall (Theorbo)
  • Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
  • Running Time: 72 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2006