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Alia Vox Heritage - Vol 2, Purcell: Fantasias for the Viols 1680 / Savall, Hespèrion XX


Release Date: 07/08/2008 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9859   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Henry Purcell
Performer:  Marianne MullerEunice BrandaoSophie WatillonWieland Kuijken,   ... 
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PURCELL Fantasias for the Viols Jordi Savall (vdg, cond); Hespèrion XX ALIA VOX 9859 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 54:14)


These performances were recorded in 1994, and issued as a Naïve SACD, then reissued on Astrée. Here they are again, presenting all the completed fantasias: the three in three parts, the nine in four parts, the fantasia “upon one note” in five parts, and the glorious Fantasia in Nomine in six parts. Savall’s Hesperion XX Read more fits this music perfectly, with their rich, beautiful tone, clarity of texture, individual technical prowess, and strength of ensemble. The Rose Consort of Viols (Naxos 8.553957) offers a wirier, less pleasant version of what we have here; while as introverted as this music is, I admit to preferring Hesperion XX to the still darker and smoother Fretwork on Virgin Classics 45062—which, however, contains the incomplete 10th Fantasia in four parts.


The engineering was first-rate in its day, and that still holds true, though I don’t get any increased depth of sound when switching from two to five speakers. Harry Halbreich provides the fine liner notes. There’s really nothing to add except, “Buy it.”


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia upon One Note in F major, Z 745 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Marianne Muller (Bass Viola da gamba), Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba),
Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2.
Fantasia for 3 Viols in D minor, Z 732 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba), Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Fantasia for 3 Viols in F major, Z 733 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Marianne Muller (Bass Viola da gamba), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
4.
Fantasia for 3 Viols in G minor, Z 734 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in G minor, Z 735 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba), Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba),
Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in B flat major, Z 736 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba),
Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in F major, Z 737 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba), Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba),
Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
8.
Fantasia in Nomine a 6 in G minor, Z 746 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Marianne Muller (Bass Viola da gamba),
Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
9.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in C minor, Z 738 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba), Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba),
Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
10.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 739 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba),
Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 0 Secs. 
11.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in A minor, Z 740 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba),
Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
12.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in E minor, Z 741 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba),
Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
13.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in G major, Z 742 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba), Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba),
Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 8 Secs. 
14.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in D minor, Z 743 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba), Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba),
Marianne Muller (Bass Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
15.
Fantasia in Nomine a 7 in G minor, Z 747 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Marianne Muller (Bass Viola da gamba), Philippe Pierlot (Bass Viola da gamba),
Wieland Kuijken (Bass Viola da gamba), Sophie Watillon (Alto Viola da gamba), Sergi Casademunt (Tenor Viola da gamba),
Eunice Brandao (Tenor Viola da gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1680; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1994 
Venue:  Château de Cardona, Barcelona, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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