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Dinastia Borja - The Borgia Dynasty / Savall, Hesperion XXI

Figueras / Bertin / Vilamajo / Mauillon
Release Date: 09/14/2010 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9874   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  VariousTraditional Arabic-AndaluAnonymousJordi Savall,   ... 
Performer:  Marc MauillonPascal BertinLluis VilamajóMontserrat Figueras,   ... 
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de CatalunyaHespèrion XXI
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 43 Mins. 

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This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

3 CDs + Book!

To coincide with the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Francis Borgia, Fourth Duke of Gandia, Jordi Savall and Alia Vox offer this visually lavish and artistically comprehensive multidisc set entitled Dinastia Borja (The Borgia Dynasty). It features a broad selection of music of the time, including works by composers such as Isaac, Dufay and Morales. For five centuries, scholars have studied and debated the role of the Borgias in Renaissance history. Although their name is synonymous with Papal corruption and they were undoubtedly malevolent and immoral, as patrons of the arts, the Borgias were
Read more also instrumental in the period’s explosive growth of culture. The fascinating story of their life and legacy (both good and evil) still has the power to inspire the imagination. With this dramatic historical and artistic backdrop, Savall and his fellow musicians draw listeners into the fascinating musical world of the time, shedding new light on this unique (and at times bloody) era in Western history.

Features:
• 3-SACD
• SACD Hybrid/Stereo & Multi-channel
• DSD
• Large format packaging: 7.5" x 5.5"
• Liner Notes in English/Francais/Deutscher
• This Hybrid SACD can be played on any standard CD Player

Musicians:
Montserrat Figueras, soprano
Pascal Bertin, counter-tenor
Lluis Vilamajó, tenor
Marc Mauillon, tenor
Furio Zanasi, baritone
Daniele Carnovich, bass
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall, conductor

Selections:

SACD1:
Els camins vers el poder: origens i espansio d'una dinastia (ca. 1238-1492)
1.-10. I Origens i desenvolupament de la familia Borja
11.-22. II La fi de les tres cultures i la conquesta del Poder, El Vatica

SACD2:
Supremus est mortalibus: culminacio i fi d'un somni (1492-1509)
1.-13. III La culminacio i fi d'un somni
14.-20. IV Temps de revoltes i d'humanisme: la Sibil-la i les Profecies de l'Apocalipsi

SACD3:
Del "regne" convuls d'Alexandre VI al triomf espiritual de Francese de Borja (1510-1671)
1.-10. V Batalles i treves: responsabiltats militars i politiques
11.-15. VI Renuncies i transformacio espiritual
16.-23. VII Darrers anys, mort i canonitzacio de Francesc de Borja

R E V I E W:

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DINASTIA BORJA Jordi Savall, dir; La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI; Montserrat Figueras (sop) ALIA VOX AVSA 9874 A/C (3 SACDs: 222:27 Text and Translation)


Music of DUFAY, BINCHOIS, CORNAGO, JOSQUIN DES PREZ, ISAAC, ORTO, LURANO, ENCINA, ARCADELT, DALZA, E. STROZZI, MILAN, JANEQUIN, FLECHA, CÁRCERES, MORALES, ROMÁN, NARVÁEZ, GOUDIMEL, ANON


The sixth annual Christmas present from Jordi Savall comes, like its predecessor ( Fanfare 33:6), with three discs in a 244-page bound book, full of color, with notes and translations in four languages (Català/Valencià, Italian, Spanish, and English). While Savall has always been partial to his native language (the Valencia region uses a dialect of Catalan), the entire cover of the book uses only Catalan this time. The title, The Borgia Dynasty , celebrates the family from Valencia that is at the center, as the subtitle puts it, of “Church and power in the Renaissance.” The family descends remotely from an illegitimate son of an 11th-century king of Aragon who took his name from the town of Borja. The story told here begins with Alfonso de Borja (1378–1458), who became Pope Callistus III three years before his death. His nephew, Rodrigo de Borja (1431–1503), was an unworthy cardinal who sired four children before becoming Pope Alexander VI. His eldest son was given the title of Duke of Gandía and another was made Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, the infamous Cesare Borgia; his daughter, the equally infamous Lucrezia Borgia, became Duchess of Ferrara. There were three more dukes of Gandía, the last renouncing his title to enter the newly formed Jesuit order; Francis Borgia became the third general of the order, died in 1572, and was canonized in 1671, a redeeming end to a sad saga. Significantly for the story, St. Francis Borgia has been credited with some activity as a composer, represented here by a Credo, sung with a rather intrusive instrumental accompaniment.


Savall collects a broad selection of musical works to mark these two centuries. There are more familiar composers represented here than in previous books of the series. Among pieces worth mentioning are Isaac’s Quis dabit capiti meo aquam , a first recording of Marbrianus Orto’s Salve regis Mater , and several Josquin motets. Most of the program was recorded a year ago, but Savall judiciously incorporated excerpts from several earlier issues. The notes acknowledge Isabel I Reina de Castilla (29:1) for the anonymous “Exultet caelum” and Cornago’s “Patres nostris”; Carlos V (24:4) for Morales’s “Jubilate Deo”; but do not acknowledge the slightly earlier Alfons V el Magnànim (25:2) for the anonymous “Correno multi cani” and some small excerpts or El Cant de Sibilla (23:1) for the Valencia version of that song, the longest of these reissued pieces. There are several tracks of narration divided among four speakers; some selections of sephardic, Moorish, and Turkish music; and a variety of performers alternating among vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, and solo (notably Andrew Lawrence-King’s harp).


The effect of almost a four-hour program of such variety depends on your willingness to immerse yourself in the book. It serves poorly as background listening, for any normal curiosity about the shifting contents is bound to be aroused if one is not following the guide. Since the book is printed in four languages, there are about 45 pages of text (with color pictures, a different selection in each part), including a detailed nine-page table of contents; this is in addition to the 50 pages of texts with four translations. History buffs will devour the detailed account of church and state politics in these two centuries. There are clarifications in these essays that I could not find in standard reference books. I found that the ribbon can be used to mark the beginning of the English section. The performances are uniformly excellent, as expected of these ensembles. It is worth emphasizing the beauty of this production, a solidly bound hardcover book that makes an impressive gift.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Works by Various
Performer:  Marc Mauillon (Tenor), Pascal Bertin (Counter Tenor), Lluis Vilamajó (Tenor),
Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Furio Zanasi (Baritone), Daniele Carnovich (Bass)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
2.
Billadi Askara Min adbi Llama, traditional mowachah by Traditional Arabic-Andalu
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
3.
Le Ductia by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4.
Saltarello, for ensemble (after G. Dufay) by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Da pacem Domine, antiphon for 3 voices, K. 34 by Gilles Binchois
Period: Medieval 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Deserts d'amichs, de béns e de senyor (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
7.
Ce jour de l'an by Guillaume Dufay
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
8.
Correno multi cani, strambotto-caccia, CM 140 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Zappay lo campo, strambatto, CM20 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 0 Minutes 55 Secs. 
10.
Ave maris stella by Guillaume Dufay
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
11.
Makam Muhayyer "Küme" usules Düyek - A cemler, war march for ensemble by Turkish Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12.
Exultet caelum laudibus, vespers hymn (66) by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
13.
Adoramus te Domine, for 4 voices, CM 4 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Viva el gran Re Don Fernando by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1492; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
15.
Miserere nostri / Vexilla Regis, for 4 voices, CM 106 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
16.
Le gran dolor (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 41 Secs. 
17.
El cervel mi fa by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18.
Patres nostri peccaverunt by Johannes Cornago
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1478; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 16 Secs. 
19.
De tous biens plaine by Hayne van Ghizeghem
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
20.
Ottoman Tasim & Dance, for kaval & percussion by Nedyalko Nedyalkov
Performer:  David Mayoral (Percussion), Nedyalko Nedyalkov (Kaval)
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
21.
Viva el gran Re Don Fernando con la Reina Don Isabella by Carlos Verardi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
22.
Lamento per la morte di Lorenzo Il Magnifico (Recitation) by Heinrich Isaac
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 7 Minutes 22 Secs. 
23.
La rosa enflorece, song by Manuel Valls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Modern 
Length: 5 Minutes 19 Secs. 
24.
Salva regis Mater / Hic sacerdos, for vocal ensemble by Marbriano De Orto
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
25.
Adonay malakh geout labech (Psalm 93) (Portugal) by Traditional
Performer:  Lior Elmalich (Cantor)
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
26.
Elogio de Lucrecia (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
27.
Déploration sur la mort de Ockeghem by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
28.
Fortuna Desperata by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
29.
Absalon, fili mi by Josquin Des Préz
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
30.
Un Cavalier Di Spagna, for consort by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
31.
Torture and Execution of Savonarola, for drums & bells by Hespèrion XXI
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
32.
Birth of Rodrigo, the son of Lucrezia and Alfonso ("Une musique de Buscaye"), for ensemble (after Jo by Hespèrion XXI
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
33.
Donna, questa è la mia voglia by Filippo de Lurano
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Furio Zanasi (Voice)
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
34.
Si abrá en este baldres! by Juan del Encina
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Voice)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
35.
Amor la tua virtute, madrigal (doubtful) by Jacques Arcadelt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1600 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
36.
Absolve, quaesumus, Domine/Requiem aeternam by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Length: 4 Minutes 16 Secs. 
37.
Pavana alla ferrarese by Joan Ambrosio Dalza
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1508; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
38.
Éloge de la duchesse de Ferrara (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
39.
Aquí yaze u poco tierra, epitaph for voice, soprano viol & bass viol by Fernandez De Oviedo
Performer:  Luis Vilamajó ()
Period: Contemporary 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
40.
Castalios latices ploranda (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
41.
Missa "Hercules Dux Ferrariae": Agnus Dei by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
42.
The Trumpets of the Apocalypse, fanfare for ensemble by Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
43.
Sibil-la Valenciana (Valencia) (reconstructed by J. Savall after Alfonso de Mondéjar & Bartolomé Cár by Anonymous
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 18 Minutes 47 Secs. 
44.
Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Fantasia no 1 by Luis de Milan
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; Valencia, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
45.
La bataille by Clément Janequin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
46.
Pie Jhesu by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
47.
Todos los buenos soldados (Fragmento de la Ensalada "La Guerra") by Matheo Flecha
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 46 Secs. 
48.
Fantasia No. 2 for lute by Luis de Milan
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
49.
Tau garcó la durundena by Bartolomé Cárceres
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
50.
Meis olhos van por lo mare, song by Anonymous
Performer:  Luis Vilamajó ()
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 2 Minutes 24 Secs. 
51.
Égloga IIII: Aquella voluntad honesta y pura (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
52.
Jubilate Deo omnis terra by Cristóbal de Morales
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1542; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
53.
O voy by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
54.
Credo by Catalonian Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
55.
Kyrie No. 1 for lute by Luis Venegas de Henestros
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
56.
57.
Lachrimosa dies illa, motet by Cristóbal de Morales
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
58.
Mille regretz by Josquin Des Préz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
59.
The Turks Attack Malta, traditional Turkish improvisation & dance for ensemble by Gaguik Mouradian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
60.
Fanfare by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
61.
Psalm 35: Deba contre mes debateurs, for vocal ensemble by Claude Goudimel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
62.
Requiem by Cristóbal de Morales
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
63.
El Rey y por S.M. Don Luis Carrillo, page 34 (Valencia 1611) (Recitation) by Spoken Word
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
64.
Lament for the Expulsion of the Moors, improvisation for ensemble by Gaguik Mouradian
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
65.
Tiento XVII de "Pange lingua" 5th tone punto alto by Juan Bautista José Cabanilles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

Rondeau (Ce jour) (Dufay)
Viva el Gran Rey Don Fernando (Verardi)
Une musique de Buscaye:  (Josquin)
Pavana (O voy):  (Roman)

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