War & Peace 1614-1714, Part 2

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Program: #15-25   Air Date: Jun 15, 2015

We continue with Jordi Savall’s latest project, this week from the Treaty of Turin to the War of the Spanish Succession. NOTE: all of the music on these programs is from the new release/book by Jordi Savall.It is on the Alia Vox label and is CD ASVA 9908.


 Guerre et Paix

CD 2

Du Traité de Turin à la fin de la Guerre de succession d’Espagne

1696 - 1714


1696  Célébration du Traité de Turin 

Te Deum – Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)


2.Te Deum Laudamus

3.Te aeternum patrem

4.Pleni sunt caeli

1701/02 Commencement de la Guerre de Succession d’Espagne

Battalia a 10 – Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)


6. Die Schlacht

1705  Pacte de Gênes. L’archiduc Charles arrive à Barcelone

7. Cant dels Aucells quant arribaren los Vaixells

Anonyme traditionnel / Jordi Savall

1708 Mariage à Barcelone de l’archiduc Charles

Il più bel nome – Antonio Caldara (1670 - 1736)


9.Coro di Seguaci della virtù

10.Aria : Cari Elisi  (Marianne Beata Kielland)

1710  Mort de l’Empereur Joseph I

11.Marcia Funebre 

Jordi Savall d’après le Requiem de Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

L’archiduc Charles est couronné Empereur


Missa Bruxellensis – Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

Célébration du Couronnement

13. Florilegium II, Chaconne de la Suite IV « Impatientia »

Georg Muffat (1653-1704)

1711 L’Empire Ottoman attaque la Russie

14.Der makām-ı Uzzäl Sakîl « Turna » Semâ’î – Mss. D. Cantemir (324)

15. Beznevéstnaya Dévo (O Virgo)

Vasily Titov (ca.1650-ca.1715)

1714  Siège de Barcelone

16.Batalla Imperial

Joan Cabanilles – Johann Caspar Kerll (1627-1693)

1714  11 septembre. La capitulation de Barcelone

17.Lamento der Verwundten Musquetirer

Battalia a 10 – Heirich Ignaz Franz von Biber

1714  11 septembre. Prière pour les victimes du Siège de Barcelone

18. Missa Pro Defunctis - Hei mihi

Joan Cererols (1644-1712)

Plainte populaire catalane

19. Catalunya en altre temps 

Texte ancien / Musique : Jordi Savall sur une mélodie traditionnelle 



Célébration de la fin de la Guerre de succession d’Espagne

Jubilate Deo / O be joyful (HWV 279)

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Composé pour la célébration du Traité de Utrecht (11 d’avril 1713), ou la France signait 

l’accord de Paix avec les Pays Bas, la Grande Bretagne, la Savoie et l’Autriche.


20.O be joyful in the Lord - Solo (D. Munderloch) & Chorus

21.221.Serve the Lord with gladness - Chorus

22. Be ye sure that the Lord he is God - Duo (D. Guillon, S. MacLeod)

23.O go your way into his gates - Chorus

24.For the Lord is gracious - Terzetto (D. Guillon, D. Munderloch, S. MacLeod)

25.Glory be to the Father - Chorus

26. As it was in the beginning - Chorus

From Music Web International:

This appears to be a small format coffee-table book which just happens to have a pair of SACDs inserted into the back and front covers. It is printed on thick shiny paper and is bursting with colour illustrations and photographs. The 396 pages cover the same set of essays in six different languages. The main publicity is in French, as above, but the booklet pages from 70 to 121 are a full account in English of the aims of the issue along with details of the music and performers.

To work out exactly who is involved in each performance takes some cross-referencing between listings on different pages. There is a heart-felt essay on War and Peace by Jordi Savall which needs to be read to get an overview of the music. About half is a considered commentary on the development of music in the period 1614 to 1714.

The latter part is an emotional call for peace and understanding between nations. There is more about the music in the essay entitled 'A century of music in Europe'. The historical events are summarised in another article and still more essays are essentially anti-war rhetoric but they serve the important purpose of making the reader think about our unfortunate tendency to kill each other rather than negotiate around a table. The issue could not be more timely and all the essays make interesting reading. From a listener's standpoint a little more about the music would have been welcome but since this issue contains very few complete works and is more of a potpourri, the information given is sufficient for the purpose.

The listing below shows that many contemporary composers from all over Europe are represented, along with a sprinkling of music from the Ottoman Empire played on authentic instruments. Savall and his Hesperion XXI musicians show their usual chameleon-like ability to perform on all known instruments. Whether performing some oriental dance or a Handel masterpiece they always sound totally authentic. The whole 155 minutes has been either recorded in or remixed to five channel surround to magnificent effect. This is a demonstration disc if ever I heard one. The impression of space is very convincing without obscuring the many details of instrumentation or the words.

All sung texts are present with parallel translations. There is a tiny burst of sound caused by an editing error in tr.17 of CD 1. This will make you jump but does not require a health warning. The work of Manuel Mohino in preparing this complex recording must be acknowledged. He shows just how good SACD surround can be.

Dave Billinge

Composer Info

Joan Cererols (1644-1712), Johann Caspar Kerll (1627-1693), Vasily Titov (ca.1650-ca.1715), Georg Muffat (1653-1704), Antonio Caldara (1670 - 1736), Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704), Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

CD Info

CD ASVA 9908