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Le Concert Spirituel / Jordi Savall, Le Concert Des Nations

Savall
Release Date: 10/12/2010 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9877  
Composer:  Arcangelo CorelliGeorg Philipp TelemannJean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Jordi Savall
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


It seems like every disc has to have a gimmick these days: a title, a "concept", or some such, particularly Baroque music collections. This disc has one that's actually musical rather than programmatic, but more importantly, the selection of pieces is splendidly varied and expressively wide-ranging, and the performances are absolutely stunning. What makes them so special is that they remind us that authenticity and timbral beauty aren't mutually exclusive. The strings in particular have a rich, velvety timbre, particularly in the Corelli and the Telemann D major Suite, that's light-years from the desiccated rasping that so often passes for historically informed performance these days. Read more />
It's impossible to point to specific highlights; the music is all so delightfully done. The Rameau suite really dances. It's central storm is aptly pictorial, but also musical, and the two Tambourins close the program with joyous vigor. The Flauto Dolce in the concerto really does sound sweet, and not just breathy; and the two solo flutes in the Tafelmusik overture work harmoniously together to create a charming sonic tapestry. Savall opens the program with the Corelli, making us wish that he would record a complete set of the Op. 6 Concerti grossi. Pellucid engineering complements the performances perfectly, offering warmth without excessive resonance, and letting the players shine. Outstanding!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerti grossi (12), Op. 6: no 4 in D major by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1712; Rome, Italy 
2.
Overture-Suite for Viola da Gamba, Strings and Basso continuo in D major, TV 55 no D 6 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
3.
Concerto for Recorder and Bass Viol da Gamba in A minor, TV 52 no a 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725-1735; Hamburg, Germany 
4.
Tafelmusik, Part 1: no 1, Overture for 2 Flutes, 2 Violins and Strings in E minor, TV 55 no e 1 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
5.
Les Indes galantes: Suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Conductor:  Jordi Savall
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations

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