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Estampies & Danses Royales / Savall, Hespèrion Xxi


Release Date: 05/13/2008 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9857   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousRaimbaut de VaqeirasGiraut de BornelhMarcabru
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a recording of great interest, for which Jordi Savall merits the thanks of anyone curious to know more about medieval music. Provided, that is, that he knows that what he hears is purely conjectural. In the absence of sufficiently detailed written descriptions and the whole present-day rapidly developing skills and techniques associated with the art of recording, how can one possibly know how music might have sounded at the end of the 12th century and up to the first quarter of the 14th?

There is much repetition, but constant variation gives life to the whole manner of performance, especially when brought to us through the excellent playing and direction ofJordi Savall. Indeed, many of the melodies are hauntingly
Read more beautiful in their simplicity. Savall catches the spirit of this and adds his own discoveries. Most of the Danses start with a sedate, somewhat formal introduction, leading more often than not to a brisk, "no nonsense" andante. Music for dancing involves the pitch and volume of sound, but there is one other essential quality that must be taken into account: namely movement. In the case of the Estampies & Danses Royals very little imagination is required to picture in one's mind the ending of one piece and the beginning of the next, with its own particular features of social decorum. Highly recommended.

-- Mary Berry, Gramophone [6/2008]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Dance no 1 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 1 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3.
Calenda maya by Raimbaut de Vaqeiras
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Written: circa 1197; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 2 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 3 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
6.
Non posc sofrir qu'a la dolor by Giraut de Bornelh
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
7.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 4 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
8.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 5 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
9.
No m'agrad iverns ni pascors by Raimbaut de Vaqeiras
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Written: 1204-1205; Macedonia 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
10.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Dance no 2 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 5 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 6 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
12.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 7 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
13.
Pax in nomine Domini by Marcabru
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Written: France 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
14.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Estampie royal no 8 by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
15.
Le Manuscrit du Roi: Dansse real by Anonymous
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Medieval 
Length: 4 Minutes 34 Secs. 

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