Lully, Handel, Charpentier, Scheidt, Biber, Schein, Cabanilles, Dumanoir, Rosenmüller, Jenkins, Cererols, Blow: this double SACD-book gathers the who’s-who of European music, to mention but a few, of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th centuries. Deeply affected by the Thirty Years War as well as the War of Spanish Succession, the finest music inspired by this turmoil is vividly performed by Jordi Savall and his ensembles. The set ends with a fantastic and complete performance of Handel’s 'Jubilate Deo'; and, as you have come to expect from Alia Vox, the booklet is lavishly documented.
CD-Book 2 hybrid multichannel SACD
Booklet : English, French, German, Italian, Castilian, Catalan
the Turkish music is played with particularly brilliant swagger and feel for the orientalism of it all, reminding us that Savall is one of the greatest World Musicians working in classical music. All told, then, this is an incredibly impressive achievement, both as a curated festival of culture — music, art, literature and philosophy — and as a humanitarian exploration. This isn't just an impressive musical release: it's a whole cultural festival within two covers. Music Web
I was left repeatedly amazed that Savall and his performers are so good at such a wider range of repertoire...This isn't just an impressive musical release: it's a whole cultural festival within two covers. Both for its ambitions and for its artistic standards, it deserves to do well. Music Web