Playing time: 57' 45"
Montserrat Figueras (voice), Jordi Savall (treble viol), Christophe Coin (alto viol), Ariane Maurette (tenor viol), Pere Ros (bass viol, violone), Masako Hirao (bass viol), Roberto Gini (bass viol, percussion), Jeanette van Wingerden (recorders), Lorenzo Alpert (recorders, shawm, percussion), Gabriel Garrido (recorders, shawm, percussion), Sabine Weil (recorders), Bruce Dickey (cornet), Nils Ferber (shawm), Philippe Suzanne (flute), Hopkinson Smith (lute, Renaissance guitar), Ton Koopman (spinet)
Jordi Savall dir.
Recording site and date:
Church of Nenzlingen, Switzerland [01/1978];
Rel.: 1978 [AS], 1987 (E), 1989 (AS5), 2001 (ES)
Astrée (Naïve) E 8871 [CDx4] Renaissance
Diapason (#-p.): 331-172 (october 1987)
Information from LP, CD and Bruno Cornec.
This disc proposes a set of works edited by Jacques Moderne, illustrating Renaissance songs and dances from Italy and France.
These dances are perfectly played with a great variety of timbres, and a great respect for dance tempi. I personaly learned to dance on some of them, so they are really adapted in this interpretation to the dance. The fabulous voice of Montserrat Figueras adds to the magic of the sounds when she sings. My preferred tracks are here the coupled Pavan and Gaillard 13 and 14 (Track 11 and 12). An accurate sense of nobleness for the pavan, with the viol consort underlined by the sober percussion, and which renders the procession of the dancers. A good vivacity for the shawns in the gaillard, figuring the male dancers showing their agility. An already old CD, which announced the richness and variety of the works played by Hespèrion XX and Jordi Savall, during the 80's and 90's.
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