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Invocation To The Night / Figueras, Savall, Hesperion XXI, Le Concert Des Nations, Et Al


Release Date: 09/09/2008 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9861   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  TraditionalAnonymousCristóbal de MoralesBartolomé Cárceres,   ... 
Performer:  Montserrat FiguerasArianna SavallJordi SavallAndrew Lawrence-King,   ... 
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXILa Capella Reial de CatalunyaLe Concert des Nations
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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INVOCATION À LA NUIT Jordi Savall, cond; Montserrat Figueras (sop); Hespèrion XXI; La Concert des Nations; La Capella Reial de Catalunya (period instruments) ALIA VOX 9861 (2 CDs: 150: 58 Text and Translation)


Music by ANON, MORALES, CÁRCERES, Guerrero, salinas, MONTEVERDI, TORREJÓN Y VELASCO, MUSSORGSKY, PÄRT, MARAIS, FALLA, HOLBORNE, CHARPENTIER, PURCELL, BACH, HANDEL, HAYDN, BEETHOVEN, MOZART

Read more /> Jordi Savall’s label has been issuing compilations of his recordings in attractive packages, this one especially marking the 10 years since the label was founded. (Some of the discs have been reissued from Astrée.) The latest one draws on the last 15 years of recording to make a program of two well-filled discs of “Musica notturna,” offered at about a two-for-one price. One is called “Songs of the Night,” the other “Music of the Night”—vocal and instrumental respectively. No less than 18 previous issues are excerpted, not counting three unreleased tracks. The lavish 132-page booklet includes pictures of all the Alia Vox releases, but most of its space is devoted to essays by three writers printed in six languages, as well as texts and five translations. Savall’s wife, Montserrat Figueras, is a highlight of the program, since her affecting singing is heard on so many of Savall’s recordings.


By focusing on a theme such as this set does, the compiler has been able to draw together music of a variety of composers sharing a similar mood. You are likely to hear something new by the juxtaposition, even if you have a few of the original discs. This strikes me as a more constructive compilation than the miscellanies that are so often drawn from previously issued material. It’s a truly attractive package both to see and to hear. Perhaps it will serve best as a gift.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Durme, durme hermozo hijico by Traditional
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Arianna Savall (Harp), Jordi Savall (Vielle)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
Ay luna que reluzes by Anonymous
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Carlos Mena (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Officium defunctorum: In primo nocturno by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
No la devemos dormir by Bartolomé Cárceres
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
5.
Officium defunctorum: In secundo nocturno by Cristóbal de Morales
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
6.
Si la noche se hace oscura by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Jordi Savall (Viola da gamba), Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
7.
Media noche era por filo by Francisco Salinas
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 8 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Madrigals, Book 8: Hor ch'el ciel e la terra - 1st Part by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9.
Madrigals, Book 8: Hor ch'el ciel e la terra - Così sol d'una chiara fonte viva by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1638; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
Nana andaluza by Anonymous
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Viola da gamba), Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 30 Secs. 
11.
Desvelado dueño mio by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Baroque 
Written: Peru 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12.
El mariner by Traditional
Performer:  Arianna Savall (Harp)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Romantic 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
13.
The nursery: no 4, With the doll by Modest Mussorgsky
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Paul Badura-Skoda (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868-1872; Russia 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
14.
Kuus, kuus kallike by Arvo Pärt
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Jordi Savall (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
15.
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Suite no 4 in B minor - Les voix humaines by Marin Marais
Performer:  Ferran Savall (Voice), Ferran Savall (Theorbo)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Montserrat Figueras (Soprano), Jordi Savall (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 39 Secs. 
17.
Quando il rey Nimrod by Traditional
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Length: 7 Minutes 15 Secs. 
18.
Estas noches À tan largas by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 36 Secs. 
19.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Lullabie by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
20.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): The night watch by Anthony Holborne
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
21.
La Nuit by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 6 Secs. 
22.
Pièces de viole, Book 4: Suite no 7 "d'un goût étranger" - La reveuse by Marin Marais
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Paris, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
23.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Dance of the Followers of Night by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
24.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Prelude by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
25.
Fairy Queen, Z 629: Dance of the Fairies by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1692; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
26.
Alcione: 3rd Act - Prelude by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1706; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
27.
Alcione: Symphonie pour le Sommeil by Marin Marais
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1706; Paris, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 
28.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 4 Secs. 
29.
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: no 3, La paix by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
30.
Seven last words of Christ on the Cross, H 20 no 1a: Sonata no 6 - Lento by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
31.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica": 2nd movement, Marcia funebre by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 12 Minutes 48 Secs. 
32.
Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K 477 (479a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 

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In Primo Nocturno II (Morales)
Romance del Conde Claros (Salinas)

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