In Excelsis Deo: Barcelona 1702 - Versailles 1709

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In Excelsis Deo: Barcelona 1702 - Versailles 1709
Le Concert des Nations & La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall

[ Alia Vox SACD / 2 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Monday 27 November 2017

In the context of the War of the Spanish Succession, the duty of any composer was to celebrate not only the greatness of a deity in religious pieces, but also the power of their sponsors. Jordi Savall invites us to relive the creation of two dazzling masterpieces of polychoral music : the Missa Scala Aretina by Francesc Valls (one of the last pieces to make overt reference to Guido of Arezzo's famous hexachord) and the Mass for 2 Choruses and Orchestras by Henry Desmarest. The surface of the music is immediately engaging : it is a beguiling mixture of old and new, full of incidence, with choir, soloists and parts for strings and trumpet. Jordi Savall and his ensembles pay due homage to these masterpieces.


Valls, F: Missa Scala Aretina
Desmarest: Messe a deux choeurs et deux orchestres
Cabanilles: Batalla imperial
anon.: El Cant dels Aucells
anon.: Catalunya comptat gran
anon.: Catalunya triomfant
anon.: Catalunya en altre temps