This new project is a Tribute to Erasmus (1466-1536), a Dutch Renaissance scholar, known as the 'Prince of the Humanists'.
Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament and also wrote 'In Praise of Folly', 'Handbook of a Christian Knight' and many other works. Erasmus lived against the backdrop of the growing European religious Reformation; but while he was critical of the abuses within the Church and called for reform, he kept his distance from Luther and Melancthon and continued to recognise the authority of the Pope. His middle of the road approach disappointed and even angered scholars in both camps.
Jordi Savall regards him as a model of wisdom and tolerance.
SACD 1 features highlights of the Praise of the Folly (recited in French) mixed with 22 "Folias", including 5 new recordings and 17 pieces from"La Folia" and "Altre Folie".
SACD 2 and 3 feature new recordings of music from the times of Erasmus, mixed with texts by Erasmus and Luther (recited in French).
SACD 4, 5 and 6 contains the music of CD 1, 2 and 3 without the spoken texts.
Each set contains a unique code to download the spoken texts in Flemish, English, German, Castillan, Catalan and German on the internet.
This extraordinary collection is truly a feast of (Erasmian) reason and beauty. Gramophone
though the spoken sections are in French, it's so well delivered - and translated in the book - that even those with minimal French will not feel excluded...What [Savall's] and his musical army give us is a tissue of words and music in the style we have learned to expect from him. Letters and literary extracts are interpersed with music. BBC****