Harmonia Podcast #137: Savall and the French Kings

20

October
2010

It’s almost an absolute—every new Jordi Savall recording is a good one, whether he’s exploring music from the East, West, or a combination of both.

When I received one of his latest Alia Vox recordings, “Le Concert Spirituel at the time of Louis XV,” I was intrigued, yet expected the usual—a fine recording with a distinct voice and sound.

I was not disappointed.

In fact, I was very impressed how he and the orchestra managed to take familiar works by Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Philipp Telemann, and Jean-Philippe Rameau, and give them a fresh and powerful interpretation, which included Savall as soloist in the fiendishly difficult “Ouverture and Suite in D major for viola da gamba and strings.”

It was only natural to put Le Concert Spirituel together with two other equally good Savall recordings—French Baroque music for the orchestras of Louis XIII and XIV, respectively.

LISTEN: #137—Jordi Savall and Music for a French King

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