La Barcha d’ Amore | Alia Vox AV9811

La Barcha d’ Amore

Label: Alia Vox

Cat No: AV9811

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th June 2009



'La Barcha d'Amore' is an eclectic, contrasting selection of some of the most beautiful vocal and instrumental music inspired by mythology and 17th-century European love poetry. Music of time and memory, performed by Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall, together with Ton Koopman, Hopkinson Smith, Andrew Lawrence-King and other members of the ensemble Hespèrion XX (which in 2001 became Hespèrion XXI) and the orchestra Le Concert Des Nations - selected recordings that they made from 1976 to 1996 for the labels Emi Electrola, Dhm, Astrée and Auvidis, and from 1998 to 2008 for Aliavox.

This anthology contains vocal pieces directly related to the theme of love, such as Monteverdi's sublime Lamento della Ninfa and the mysterious folia Yo soy la locura by Henri du Bailly, not forgetting the touching Elizabethan Lullaby and the tender melody Une jeune fillette, both by anonymous authors, but equally remarkable for their great beauty and depth of emotion.

The various instrumental pieces provide the necessary complement to the vocal pieces, resulting in a great variety of sources and contrasting characters.

The Barcha d'Amore is the personal testimony of Jordi Savall's unwavering and rigorous commitment to the performance of music from the Middle Ages to the age of Classicism using 'historically informed' instruments and performance techniques, which emerged in the 1970s. Those years marked the beginning of a great revival in the performance of pre-Romantic music, a continuing revival which offers the possibility of retrieving an important cultural legacy.

- Giacomo de Gorzanis: La Barcha del mio amore (Gallarda)
- Giulio Caccini: Amor ch'attendi, Alme luci beat, Non ha'l ciel
- Biaggio Marini: Passacaglio;
- Claudio Monteverdi: Lamento della Ninfa (Canto Amoroso), Non havea febo ancora, Lamento della ninfa, Si tra sdegnosi pianti

- Samuel Scheidt: Paduan Dolorosa a 4 Voc. Cantus V, Courant Dolorosa a 4 Voc. Cantus IX

- Sebastian Duron: Sosieguen decansen
- Juan del Vado: No te embarques, Ay que merio de Amor

- Anonymous: Desperada (ca 1580); Lullaby: My Little Sweet Darling (ca 1600), Greensleeves To A Ground (ca 1640)

- Anonymous/Savall: Une Jeune Fillette
- Ully: Rondeau, Le Mariage Forcé
- Du Bailly: La Folia Yo Soy la Locura
- Lully: Chaconne, L'Amour médecin

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