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