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In excelsis Deo: In the Time of the War of the Spanish Succession - Savall

In excelsis Deo: In the Time of the War of the Spanish Succession - Savall

Alia Vox  AVSA9924 (2 discs)

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Vocal


Francesc Valls: Missa Scala Aretina
Joan Cabanilles: Batalla Imperial
Trad. arr. Savall: El cant dels aucells quant arribaren los vaixells (Song of the birds on seeing the approach of the ships [of Archduke Charles]), Els Segadors (The Reapers) - instrumental and vocal versions, Catalunya en altre temps (Catalonia, in days gone by)
Henry Desmarest: Messe à deux choeurs et deux orchestres

La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall (conductor)


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.

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