Granada 1013-1526

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Granada 1013-1526
Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

[ Alia Vox SACD / Hybrid SACD ]

Release Date: Thursday 28 July 2016

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Jordi Savall examines 500 years of history in this portrait of a city that symbolises like no other the fruitful, and at the same time, conflictual encounter of the three monotheistic religions. The succession of the Zirid, Almoravid, Almohad and Nasrid dynasties, their relationship with the neighbouring Christian kingdoms and the often precarious situation of the Jews (the first inhabitants of this area) are reflected in this wide musical fresco, in which each culture displays its most advanced refinement.

"imaginatively chosen, memorably performed, well documented with essays and illustrations." Record Review

"Here is a fascinating range of music Islamic, Jewish and Christian, charting half a millennium of history...The performances under Savall's direction are always evocative, and some are touching and some vibrant." (The Sunday Times)

"A classic Jordi Savall project with Iberian cultural history lesson and loads of misty reverb attached...the performances are full of finesse and intensity...What stands out for me is the Mozarabic polyphony - vibrant, poised singing from La Capella Reial de Catalunya." (The Guardian)

"In short, this is a breathtaking achievement. It's the kind of disc that often left me in quiet astonishment not just at its ambition, artistry or skill, but at the way it tries to further the human story and enrich the experience of us all. Bravo!" (MusicWeb Recording of the Month Sept 2016)

"As ever, Savall points up the sources' colour, vitality, expressiveness and socio-political context in an exciting, fascinating and utterly beguiling programme … The singers are superb, displaying gorgeous timbres and honest emotional dimensions … the realisations are consistently moving and beautiful. Even the spoken texts sound mellifluous and resonant." BBC Music


1. Invocación Qamti be-Ishon Layla (Cantar de los Cantares. Inspirado en Cantar 3, 1-4)
2. Taqsim instrumental & Danza morisca (Ney)
3. Moaxaja: Billadi askara min aadbi Llama - Al-Andalus
4. Preces: Penitentes orate - Plegaria mozárabe s. XI
5. Ductia (instr.) - Cantiga de Santa María (CSM 123) - Alfonso X El Sabio
6. Siónida: Yefe Nof - Yehudá Haleví (1075-1141)
7. Taqsim (Kanun) - Improvisación - Moaxaja: Ya gosan naqa - Ibn Zuhr - Tradición Al-Ándalus
8. Fragmento de la Carta sobre la conversión forzosa Iggeret ha-Shemad, cap. IV - Las Estrellas de los cielos
9. Danza morisca
10. Lamento: Plange Castella misera - Anónimo, Códice de Las Huelgas, f. 160, s. X
11. Danza de iniciación (instrumental)
12. Lamento hebraico-andaluz Dror yiqrá - Dunash ben Labrat, s. X
13. Poema en piedra de la Alhambra de Granada. Texto en árabe de Ibn Zamrak - Taqsim
14. Pero que seja a gente - Cantiga de Santa María (CSM 181) - Alfonso X El Sabio
15. Romance fronterizo: Cerco de Baeza - Anónimo, Cancionero de Palacio (CMP 106)
16. Lamento: El camino - La angustia - Improvisación andalusí
17. Propiñan del Melyor (instr.) - Anónimo, s. XV
18. Villancico: Aquella mora garrida - Gabriel, Cancionero de Palacio (CMP 254)
19. Villancico: Viva el gran Re Don Fernando - Carlo Verardi
20. Romance: El pan de la aflicción - Plegaria sefardí
21. Diario de abordo de Cristóbal Colón, Noche del 11 al 12 octubre 1492
22. Villancico: Todos los bienes del mundo - Juan del Enzina
23. Crónica de los Reyes de Castilla, cap. CXCVI
24. Lamento andalusí Maqam hijaz - Ibn Zaydún (Córdoba 1003-Sevilla 1071)