Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI – Jeanne d’Arc – Batailles & Prisons (2012)

Artist: Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI
Title: Jeanne d’Arc – Batailles & Prisons
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: AliaVox
Genre: Classical
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Total Time: 02:14:28
Total Size: 563 Mb
WebSite: Album Preview

Tracklist:
1. Jeanne la Pucelle: Ballade de la Pucelle by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs.
2. Jeanne d’Arc: Batailles et Prisons (Joan of Arc: Battles and Prisons), musical narrative by Spoken Word
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs.
3. Ce jour de l’an, rondeau for 3 lutes (after Guillaume Dufay) by Jordi Savall
Performer: Rolf Lislevand (Lute), Armin Janda (Lute), Francis Biggi (Lute)
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs.
4. Fanfare “dit le Burguygnon”, for ensemble (after an anonymous melody) by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs.
5. Fortune, par ta cruaulte, rondeau (after Johannes Vincenet) by Jordi Savall
Performer: Luca Guglielmi (Organ)
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs.
6. Jeanne la Pucelle: Le Départ by Jordi Savall
Performer: Armin Janda (Lute), Francis Biggi (Lute), Pedro Memelsdorff (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs.
7. La Pucelle, for flute, 2 lutes & viola da gamba (after the anonymous melody “L’Homme armé”) by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs.
8. Les voix, for 3 voices (after Guillaume Dufay) by Jordi Savall
Performer: Montserrat Figueras (), Kai Wessel (), Maria Cristina [Soprano Vocal] Kiehr ()
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs.
9. Vive le Roi by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs.
10. Jeanne la Pucelle: La Trémouille by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs.
11. L’Homme armé, for ensemble (after the Sanctus from the Mass by Guillaume Dufay) by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs.
12. Fanfare du Sacre, for ensemble by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 0 Minutes 56 Secs.
13. Jeanne la Pucelle: D’Orléans à Reims by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs.
14. Jeanne la Pucelle: Marche Royale pour le Sacre by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 0 Minutes 39 Secs.
15. Jeanne la Pucelle: Te Deum by Jordi Savall
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs.
16. Jeanne la Pucelle: Marche Royale pour l’Onction by Jordi Savall
Performer: Michael Behringer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 0 Minutes 40 Secs.
17. Messe de l’Homme armé: Sanctus by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1460; France
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs.
18. Messe de l’Homme armé: Osanna by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1460; France
Length: 0 Minutes 47 Secs.
19. Messe de l’Homme armé: Osanna II by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1460; France
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs.
20. Jeanne la Pucelle: Sonnerie Royale pour la fin du Sacre by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs.
21. Jeanne la Pucelle: Bataille Français et Anglais by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs.
22. Fortuna disperata by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance
Written: France
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs.
23. Chiave, chiave, instrumental toccata, CM 131 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs.
24. Dit le Bourgignon by Anonymous
Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs.
25. Jeanne le Pucelle: Les Solitudes by Jordi Savall
Performer: Michael Behringer (Organ)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs.
26. Jeanne la Pucelle: Planctus Jehanne by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1993; France
Length: 1 Minutes 21 Secs.
27. Adoramus te Domine, for 4 voices, CM 4 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs.
28. Sonnerie royale pour la fin de la Guerre, for wind instruments & drums by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs.
29. Rejois toy terre de France / Vivat Rex in eternam by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Written: 14th Century; France
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs.
30. Patres nostri peccaverunt by Johannes Cornago
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance
Written: circa 1478; Spain
Length: 2 Minutes 15 Secs.
31. Veni Sancte Spiritus by Guillaume Dufay
Performer: Maria Cristina [Soprano Vocal] Kiehr (), Kai Wessel (), Montserrat Figueras ()
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century; France
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs.
Performers:
Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall
La Capella Reial De Catalunya
Montserrat Figueras
Louise Moaty
René Zosso
Manuel Weber
Most of the recordings of the great Catalonian viol player and group leader Jordi Savall delve into the cultural context of early music traditions. Among them is a special group referred to here as CD-books, which combine a CD (or in this case two) with a lavishly illustrated hardbound book containing essays and relevant artwork in addition to texts and the usual listings of personnel. Kudos to Savall’s grant-writers for continuing to get these things funded during Spain’s fiscal crisis, and this release, Jeanne d’Arc: Batailles & Prisons (Joan of Arc: Battles and Prisons) outdoes even other similar Savall releases. With the booklet weighing in at 504 pages, awesome even if it does include text in six languages, and essays covering such topics as Joan of Arc’s relevance to the modern French right wing, this is not only a musical program but a survey of the entire Joan of Arc phenomenon, and one with sufficient depth to meet most people’s needs. The two actual CDs also go beyond what has been included on other Savall releases, combining several kinds of material. There is spoken-word text, both narrative and dramatic, outlining the life of Joan the Maid, to use the contemporary English term. The music itself is of different kinds, all of it impeccably performed by Savall, his vocal group La Capella Reial de Catalunya, his instrumental group Hespérion XXI, and a small group of soloists that includes the late Montserrat Figueras; this must have been one of the last few albums she made. Savall includes these kinds of pieces: popular melodies reflecting Joan’s peasant origins; the Dufay motet Veni sancte spiritus (sung by three voices, symbolizing the Trinity); the ubiquitous L’homme armé tune, evoking Joan’s warrior status, military and royal fanfares, and other occasional instrumental pieces. Some of the music is by Savall himself, drawn from his score for a 1993 French film about Joan of Arc. As often happens, Savall accomplishes something slightly different from what he set out to do. The dramatic presentation has its moments, such as when French and British troops clash with their bands playing in slightly different tunings. But in general the words are less interesting than the music, which, like so much of what this musician does, gives a feeling for the resonances of Renaissance music in the lives of its original hearers like no other performances can do. This is one of Savall’s most ambitious releases, and one of his very best.

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