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La Folia - Corelli, Marais, Et Al / Savall, Lislevand, Et Al

Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Alia Vox   Catalog #: 9805   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio De CabezónAntonio Martin y CollAnonymousDiego Ortiz,   ... 
Performer:  Jordi SavallMichael BehringerArianna SavallRolf Lislevand,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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

Very few artists transform the scholarly into the genuinely entertaining as successfully as Jordi Savall. He makes early music accessible and fun, and this disc, part of the continuing series of retro-fitted hybrid SACD releases from Alia Vox, is no exception. This time the subject is the folia, loosely translated as "insanity" (or "folly") but whose structure has origins in popular Portuguese dance, and this release offers myriad variations on the theme in a rambunctious free-form romp through 200 years of history. Most of these pieces rest on the foundation of four chords (in
Read more various progressions) upon which the players improvise, a talent for which Savall and his crew have earned an enviable reputation, and one that's on ample display throughout this disc.

The Corelli and Marais works are well known, but they stand out with greater interest against their earlier exemplars, Ortiz, Enzina, and Cabezón. Savall enthusiastically probes the Iberian background of these pieces, supplementing the "diferencias" by Antonio Martín y Coll with castenets, a questionably "authentic" touch but one that certainly adds to their implicit flamboyance. Percussion fits prominently and naturally into most of these energetic works to magnificent effect: for instance, the opening "Rodrigo Martinez" folia comes across as a rhythmic extravaganza. Here too, the subtle qualities of the SACD medium reveal some of the strengths of the scoring, as the rainbow of timbres simply flies from the speakers with unimpeded liveliness. But, as with most SACDs borne of high-resolution stock (in this case, a five-year-old 96 kHz/24-bit original master), the differences will be minimal to all but audiophiles with fabled golden ears.
--Michael Liebowitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Para quien crié yo cabellos by Antonio De Cabezón
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba), Michael Behringer (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Diferencias sobre las Folias by Antonio Martin y Coll
Performer:  Arianna Savall (Harp), Rolf Lislevand (Guitar), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba),
Adela Gonzalez-Campa (Castanets)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706 
Rodrigo Martínez by Anonymous
Performer:  Adela Gonzalez-Campa (Percussion), Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Pedro Estevan (Percussion),
Rolf Lislevand (Guitar), Michael Behringer (Organ), Arianna Savall (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Trattado de glosas: Recercadas (9) on tenors - no 4 on La folia by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba), Rolf Lislevand (Vihuela), Michael Behringer (Harpsichord)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1553; Italy 
Trattado de glosas: Recercadas (9) on tenors - no 8 on La folia by Diego Ortiz
Performer:  Michael Behringer (Harpsichord), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba), Rolf Lislevand (Vihuela)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1553; Italy 
Oy comamos y bebamos by Juan del Encina
Performer:  Michael Behringer (Keyboard), Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1497; Spain 
Sonatas (12) for Violin and Basso Continuo, Op. 5: no 12 in D minor "La Follia" by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Jordi Savall (Soprano Vla da gamba), Bruno Cocset (Bass Violin), Michael Behringer (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700; Rome, Italy 
Pièces de viole, Book 2: Couplets de folies by Marin Marais
Performer:  Michael Behringer (Harpsichord), Rolf Lislevand (Theorbo), Jordi Savall (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Paris, France 

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