Du temps & de l'instant

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
Instead of focusing on a single work or repertory, Jordi Savall, together with his wife Montserrat Figueras and their children Arianna and Ferran Savall, here offers what he terms "a highly personal selection of the music that has moved us by its tenderness and beauty, as well as its ability to promote dialogue and harmony." Thus we have melodies and mostly improvisatory instrumental pieces from a variety of traditions, opening with an absolutely delectable love song by the thirteenth century Galician-Portuguese troubador Martin Codax, and proceeding through music from Afghanistan, Morocco, Sephardic Judaism, France, Mexico, and the inspiration of the various Savalls ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
Instead of focusing on a single work or repertory, Jordi Savall, together with his wife Montserrat Figueras and their children Arianna and Ferran Savall, here offers what he terms "a highly personal selection of the music that has moved us by its tenderness and beauty, as well as its ability to promote dialogue and harmony." Thus we have melodies and mostly improvisatory instrumental pieces from a variety of traditions, opening with an absolutely delectable love song by the thirteenth century Galician-Portuguese troubador Martin Codax, and proceeding through music from Afghanistan, Morocco, Sephardic Judaism, France, Mexico, and the inspiration of the various Savalls themselves, among various other sources. The title "De temps et de l'instant" Of Time and of the Moment is supposed to indicate that the selection of music is both historical and current, but in fact most of the music is medieval, and the original pieces fit in with the older music stylistically. Whether the music will promote dialogue and harmony is also questionable, despite the numerous translations French, English, Spanish, Catalan, German, Italian, Japanese, and Korean contained in the insanely sumptuous liner notes; the music here has been bent to fit Savall's very distinctive sound. So the concept is a bit hazy. But, as Savall says, the choice of pieces is a personal one, and he doesn't belabor his other points. Musically, it works, except for some unconvincing attempts by the younger Savalls to create a sort of medieval version of scat singing on "Fantasiant," track 15. The vocal pieces are laments, lullabies, prayers; the instrumentals are improvisations in molds that have lasted for hundreds of years. Everything hangs together with unusual cohesion as a sequence, and the music is, as usual with Savall, arrestingly beautiful. England's Guardian newspaper called this a "medieval crossover" disc, and that's a good description of its place in Savall's oeuvre. If he has been a more instructive musician at times, he has rarely exceeded this disc when it comes to sheer surface beauty. The instrumental palette is restricted to Savall's viols, plus gothic harp, double harp, theorbo, and percussion from the heavily bearded Pedro Estevan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • EAN: 7619986398419
  • Catalog Number: 9841
  • Sales rank: 271,307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Quantas sabedes amare amigo, cantiga for voice and accompaniment - Martin Codax & Nicolas Bartholomee (4:33)
  2. 2 Nastaran - Nicolas Bartholomee & Anonymous, Afghan (4:38)
  3. 3 Numi, Numi - Israeli Traditional & Nicolas Bartholomee (4:40)
  4. 4 Variations sur O soñjal (Gwerz Breton), for ensemble - Jordi Savall & Nicolas Bartholomee (4:27)
  5. 5 La Cançó del Lladre, for voice & theorbo - Nicolas Bartholomee & Ferran Savall (6:11)
  6. 6 Romanesca & Pasamezzo, for ensemble - Nicolas Bartholomee & Arianna Savall (2:29)
  7. 7 La Salve, song - Nicolas Bartholomee & Arianna Savall (5:17)
  8. 8 Paxarico tú te Ilamas - Sephardic Traditional & Nicolas Bartholomee (3:45)
  9. 9 Apo xeno meros - Nicolas Bartholomee & Greek Traditional (2:58)
  10. 10 Ghazali tal jàhri - Nicolas Bartholomee & Anonymous, Moroccan (1:37)
  11. 11 Durme, hermosa donzella berceuse (Rhodes) - Nicolas Bartholomee & Sephardic Traditional (4:37)
  12. 12 Tarantela d'après Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz - Nicolas Bartholomee & Arianna Savall / Pedro Estevan (4:58)
  13. 13 Jaroslaw, improvisations - Nicolas Bartholomee & Ferran Savall / Jordi Savall / Pedro Estevan (6:48)
  14. 14 Canarios, improvisations - Nicolas Bartholomee & Jordi Savall / Arianna Savall / Ferran Savall / Pe (3:13)
  15. 15 Fantasiant, improvisations - Nicolas Bartholomee & Arianna Savall / Ferran Savall (4:04)
  16. 16 Musettes (2), for viola da gamba & continuo in A minor (Pièces de viole, Book IV, Nos. 28-29) - Marin Marais & Nicolas Bartholomee (2:58)
  17. 17 El Cant dels Aucells, arr. for voice & ensemble - Jordi Savall & Nicolas Bartholomee (3:50)
  18. 18 Diferencias sobre la Guaracha Mexique (s. XVII), for ensemble - Jordi Savall & Nicolas Bartholomee (3:41)
  19. 19 Sentirete una canzonetta - Tarquinio Merula & Nicolas Bartholomee (3:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jordi Savall Primary Artist
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