Sunday concert

Here is the first half of the same Jordi Savall concert I posted yesterday. The program opens with three Moorish and Sephardic works performed on the album Orient, Occident, plus another not included on that album. The Follia theme appears in an anonymous 15th-century setting.

Savall peforms on the vielle instead of his customary viola da gamba.

Moorish dances and Sephardic music

  1. Alba
  2. A la una yo nací (3:17)

“Alba” is Spanish for dawn or daybreak. “A la una yo nací” (To one I was born) is the title of an old Spanish love song. Here are the words.

Jordi Savall, vielle; Arianna Savall, harp; Rolf Lislevand, theorbo; Pedro Estevan, percussion.

Moorish dances and Sephardic music (cont’d)

  1. Danza de las espadas
  2. Danza ritual (2:11)

The syncopated “Danza de las espadas” is a sword dance. I suppose “Danza ritual” needs no translation. Unfortunately the recording doesn’t seem to capture the bass tones of the drum well enough, unless your speakers are better than mine. Watch how Pedro Estevan’s hand moves between the tambourine and the drumhead.

Jordi Savall, vielle; Arianna Savall, harp; Rolf Lislevand, baroque guitar; Pedro Estevan, percussion.

Antonio Valente: Gallarda Napolitana
Valente (1520-1580) was a blind musician from Naples, Italy.

Jordi Savall, vielle; Arianna Savall, harp; Rolf Lislevand, theorbo; Pedro Estevan & Adela Gonzales, percussion.

Anonymous: Canarios
A dance named after the natives of the Canary Islands, which were annexed to Castilian Spain by 1495.

Jordi Savall, vielle; Arianna Savall, harp; Rolf Lislevand, baroque guitar; Pedro Estevan, percussion; Adela Gonzales, castanets.

Anonymous: La Folia (XV c.)
These variations are based on the older form of the Follia theme. This piece forms a bridge to the second half of the concert, which is here.

Jordi Savall, vielle; Arianna Savall, harp; Rolf Lislevand, baroque guitar; Pedro Estevan & Adela Gonzales, percussion.

Hear the second half of the concert.

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