Ministriles Reales

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
AliaVox's Ministriles Reales is a sprawling, two-disc survey of secular music heard in the Spanish royal courts between the middle of the fifteenth century up to the end of the seventeenth. Led by Jordi Savall and performed by musicians drawn from both Hespèrion XX and XXI, it includes a number of pieces Savall has recorded before for AliaVox, but there doesn't seem to be any recycling of recorded performances already released. There are a great many anonymous pieces included, and while these rub shoulders with "name" composers, it is clearly the literature and instrumentation and that drives this project and not the personalities of any individual figures represented ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
AliaVox's Ministriles Reales is a sprawling, two-disc survey of secular music heard in the Spanish royal courts between the middle of the fifteenth century up to the end of the seventeenth. Led by Jordi Savall and performed by musicians drawn from both Hespèrion XX and XXI, it includes a number of pieces Savall has recorded before for AliaVox, but there doesn't seem to be any recycling of recorded performances already released. There are a great many anonymous pieces included, and while these rub shoulders with "name" composers, it is clearly the literature and instrumentation and that drives this project and not the personalities of any individual figures represented in the collection. The sound quality is superb, and the Super Audio CD format underscores just how good these recordings are; they are startlingly lifelike and detailed. From the outset, one might ask how this set could be anything but terrific. This is Savall's favorite repertoire and he maintains a close and harmonious relationship with the musicians in these ensembles. Savall certainly knows his instruments; in a sense, all of these pieces are "arranged" in that many survive only in keyboard versions, intabulations, or sources as scant as a single monophonic line; Savall has put considerable thought into just what combination of instruments will sound good with each piece, whether or not the use of percussion is appropriate and how to achieve the pseudo-orchestral texture he aims for in certain pieces. That said, as an album Ministriles Reales is not as appealing as it might be as Savall tends toward slow tempi in most of the things represented; there are long, successive strings of slow tracks that can weave the listener into an unrelieved state of somnolence and one really starts to want Savall to pick up the pace somewhere. One begins to question whether some of these "dances" could have been taken at a more dance-like tempo; it's just that the more languid, ethereal approach sounds prettier on the period instruments being played and given Savall's consummate expertise in the realm of instruments one cannot blame him for wanting to shoot for what sounds best. Ultimately, though, Ministriles Reales ends up being a lot of work for the listener. If one is already well-disposed to Savall and his usual modus operandi, Ministriles Reales might well fit the bill without seeming particularly outstanding from the rest of his AliaVox output, and there are certainly individual pieces within this collection that come off well and provide enjoyment. While one cannot altogether condemn Ministriles Reales, its relative lack of variety over long stretches of the time it occupies conversely makes it difficult to praise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/14/2009
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • EAN: 7619986398648
  • Catalog Number: 9864
  • Sales rank: 188,218

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Spagna, basse dance - Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino & Hespèrion XX (1:41)
  2. 2 Dit le Bourgignon - Anonymous, French & Jordi Savall (1:18)
  3. 3 Quedate, Carillo, adiós, for 4 voices - Juan del Encina & Hespèrion XX (1:20)
  4. 4 De tous biens plaine, chanson - Hayne van Ghizeghem & Eunice Moreira Brandao (4:14)
  5. 5 Collinetto, ballo, CM 22 - Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino & Hespèrion XX (3:00)
  6. 6 In exitu Israel - Anonymous & Hespèrion XX (1:23)
  7. 7 Missa de la Mappa Mundi: Basse danse - Johannes Cornago & Jordi Savall (2:25)
  8. 8 Chiave, chiave, instrumental toccata, CM 131 - Anonymous, Canciero de Montecassino & Hespèrion XX (1:28)
  9. 9 Pues con sobra de tristura, villancico - Enrique & Hespèrion XX (4:16)
  10. 10 Buenas nuevas de alegría, villancico - Andrew Lawrence-King & Anonymous, Spanish (1:39)
  11. 11 Si de vos mi bien, villancico - Anonymous, Spanish & Hespèrion XX (3:14)
  12. 12 El cervel mi fa - Anonymous, Spanish & Hespèrion XX (1:41)
  13. 13 Mundus et Musica et totus concentus, canon perpetuum - B. Ramos de Pareja & Hespèrion XX (1:34)
  14. 14 Glosa sobre "Nunca fue pena mayor" - Andrew Lawrence-King & José Belmonte (3:06)
  15. 15 No tenga nadie speranca, villancico - Andrew Lawrence-King & Hurtado de Xerés (3:19)
  16. 16 Muy triste sera mi vida, for 3 voices - Juan de Urrede & Hespèrion XX (3:08)
  17. 17 Propinan de Melyor, for ensemble (Colombina Songbook) - Anonymous, Spanish & Hespèrion XX (1:21)
  18. 18 Fantasia (1557) - Anonymous, Spanish & Hespèrion XX (1:46)
  19. 19 Alta à 3 (Danza sobre La Spagna) - Francisco de la Torre & Hespèrion XX (2:11)
  20. 20 Estas noches à tan largas - Catalan Traditional & Hespèrion XX (4:30)
  21. 21 O desdichado de mi - João de Badajós & Hespèrion XX (3:23)
  22. 22 Ave color vini clari - Juan Ponce & Hespèrion XX (1:45)
  23. 23 A sonbra de mis cabellos - Gabriel Mena & Hespèrion XX (1:01)
  24. 24 ¿Quién vos dió tal señorío?, villancico - Andrew Lawrence-King & Juan de Triana (4:20)
  25. 25 Un niño nos es nasçido, villancico - Anonymous, Cancionero de Upsala & Hespèrion XX (2:01)
  26. 26 Viva el gran Re Don Fernando con la Reina Don Isabella - Carlos Verardi & Jordi Savall (1:57)
  27. 27 Vive le roy, instrumental piece for 4 parts - Josquin Des Prez & Jordi Savall (1:25)
  28. 28 La Spagna, song for 5 parts (doubtful) - Josquin Des Prez & Jordi Savall (3:13)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mortal tristura me dieron, for 4 voices - Juan del Encina & Hespèrion XX (2:32)
  2. 2 Cinco Diferencias sobre Vacas - Luis Venegas de Henestrosa & Hespèrion XX (1:57)
  3. 3 Pavana la bataille - Anonymous & Jordi Savall (2:07)
  4. 4 Moresca - Anonymous & Hespèrion XX (2:19)
  5. 5 Recercada No 3 sobre el passamezzo moderno - Diego Ortiz & Christophe Coin (2:08)
  6. 6 Recercada No 7 sobre la Romanesca - Diego Ortiz & Christophe Coin (2:02)
  7. 7 Tiento III del primer tono, for keyboard - Antonio de Cabezón & Hespèrion XX (4:29)
  8. 8 Glosas sobre Hermosa Catalina - Francisco Guerrero & Christophe Coin (2:59)
  9. 9 O Voy - Roman & Hespèrion XX (2:22)
  10. 10 Buelbe tus claros ojos, villancico (Medinacelli Songbook) - Anonymous, Spanish & Hespèrion XX (1:55)
  11. 11 Diferencia Sobre "El Canto la Dama le Demenda" for organ - Antonio de Cabezón & Jordi Savall (3:26)
  12. 12 Susana un Jur - Hernando de Cabezón & Hespèrion XX (4:27)
  13. 13 Pavana & Gallarda, for consort - Lluis Del Mila (4:22)
  14. 14 Fantasia 8 - Lluis Del Mila & Hespèrion XX (2:29)
  15. 15 Jam lucis orto sidere, motet for 8 voices, M. iii (S. xxi/84) - Roland de Lassus & Hespèrion XX (1:28)
  16. 16 Ensalada - Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia & Hespèrion XX (5:24)
  17. 17 Himno - Antonio de Cabezón & Hespèrion XX (2:09)
  18. 18 Tiento de 6° Tono, Sobre la Batalla de Morales - Francisco Correa de Arrauxo & Hespèrion XX (5:25)
  19. 19 Omnes de Saba venient, motet for 8 voices, M. xix (S. xxi/1) - Orlande de Lassus & Hespèrion XX (1:58)
  20. 20 Tiento de batalla, 8 tono, for organ - Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia & Hespèrion XX (3:50)
  21. 21 Alma nemes quae sola (Alme Deus qui cuncta tenes), motet for 4 voices, M. xvli (S. iii/93) - Roland de Lassus & Hespèrion XX (2:31)
  22. 22 Batalla Imperial for organ - Juan Cabanilles & Hespèrion XX (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jordi Savall Primary Artist
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