Sixteenth-century Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero is featured in a reissued disc of motets for four, five, six, eight and 12 voices, with and without instruments. They come from a handful of collections published between 1555 and 1597 and show Guerrero’s skill in evoking a wide range of moods, joyful, sombre and contemplative in turn. Jordi Savall’s ensemble is well-equipped to project the skilfully wrought structures and expressive allure of the music. Some of the pieces fare better than others in respect of vocal texture and ensemble. Tenors and basses occasionally lack tonal refinement but, at their strongest the performances provide a radiant conspectus of Guerrero’s masterly motets.
Though the label "Klezmer" may indicate a certain direction, the music of Kroke is not necessarily linked to any of the styles nowadays connected with this concept. Using traditional material as the foundations on which to build ingenuous arrangements and improvisations, exploiting their previous experience, transmitting the profundity of man’s feelings and nature, Kroke creates new, unique compositions as well as a sound which is thus far unheard in Jewish music.
"Ten pieces to save the world" - what the hell make three musicians from Cracow and their record company believe that they will save the world with their music? The ancient greeks had a good word for that: HYBRIS - boldness does not contain the same real and implied meaning. What Prometheus did was hybris: challenging the Gods. To be honest: we are not sure to get through with it. But we are very sure that it's worth to try. Because deep in our hearts we know that if anything could save this world it's music. However, this CD may not save the world - but it will make the world a bit better for those who are ready to listen with an open heart.
The subject of Jordi Savall's latest historical exploration is the life of the 16th-century missionary Francisco Javier, better known outside the Spanish-speaking world as St Francis Xavier. He was one of the founders of the Jesuits, and travelled widely through the east, eventually reaching Japan and the islands of China, where he died. Savall's compilation uses the historical staging posts of Javier's life and times, from his birth in Navarre to the start of his missionary travels as the scaffolding for a typically imaginative and exotic sequence of musics, which begins in the Spain of Ferdinand and Isabella and ends with the traditions of Japan and China. Like its predecessors, which were centred upon Christopher Columbus and Don Quixote, the musical performances by Savall's ensemble Hesperion XXI and his usual lineup of soloists, complemented here by Japanese performers, is packaged lavishly within the covers of a glossily illustrated 264-page book with texts in five languages. The multilingual presentation doesn't make it easy to find one's way around, but the discs themselves are vividly performed, and their variety is beguiling.
Este libro es un manual sobre la Historia Antigua del Próximo Oriente y Egipto sin precedentes en el panorama de la Universidad española , en la que viene a llenar el amplio vacío largo tiempo existente sobre uno de campos de estudio más atrayentes del Próximo Oriente Antiguo, así como de los de mayor interés internacional: …