In Excelsis Deo (2SACD)

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Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall

In the context of the War of the Spanish Succession, the duty of any composer was to celebrate not only the greatness of a deity in religious pieces, but also the power of their sponsors.

Jordi Savall invites us to relive the creation of two dazzling masterpieces of polychoral music: the Missa Scala Aretina by Francesc Valls (one of the last pieces to make overt reference to Guido of Arezzo’s famous hexachord) and the Mass for 2 Choruses and Orchestras by Henry Desmarest.

The surface of the music is immediately engaging: it is a beguiling mixture of old and new, full of incidence, with choir, soloists and parts for strings and trumpet. Jordi Savall and his ensembles pay due homage to these masterpieces.

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Francesc Valls (1671-1747): Missa Scala Aretina (1702)
1-3. Kyrie Eleison
4-8. Gloria
9-14. Credo In Unum Deum
16. Agnus Dei

Bonus Tracks (Music From The Time Of The Succession War In Catalunya)
17. Joan Cabanilles Batalla Imperial
18. El Cant Dels Aucells - Anonyme / Jordi Savall
19. Catalunya Comptat Gran (Romance) -
20. Catalunya Triomfant - Instrumental & Hymne
21. Catalunya En Altre Temps (Plainte) - Anonyme


Henry Desmarest (1661-1741): Messe À Deux Choeurs Et Deux Orchestres (1704)
1-3. Kyrie Eleison
4 -10. Gloria In Excelsis Deo
11-28. Credo In Unum Deum
29-32. Sanctus
33-34. Agnus Dei

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