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Jordi Savall's Musical History of Venice

On Feb. 3, Jordi Savall and his international band of ancient instrument performers took WQXR listeners through a musical history of Venice live from Carnegie Hall. Above is the archive of that broadcast.

For 1,000 years, Venice was a world capital of trade and culture. Savall traces the melodies from across the Mediterranean to Persia, the Ottoman empire; and from Rome to France to 11th century Greece — all through music that moved through Venice. View the Carnegie Hall playbill for complete map of the historical arc of this performance.

 

Performers:
Jordi Savall, director, Treble Viol, and Lyra
Orthodox-Byzantine Vocal Ensemble
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hespèrion XXI
Le Concert des Nations

 

Program:
Anonymous: Calling of the Bells and Fanfare
St. John of Damascus: "Alleluia"
Anonymous: Erotokritos
Marcabru: "Pax in nomine Domini!"
Traditional: Dance of the Soul, from the North African Berber Ritual
Anonymous: Ton Dhespotin, from the Sunday Service of Orthros
Traditional: Armenian Song and Dance
Conductus: "O totius Asie Gloria"
Anonymous: "Pasan tin elpida mou"
Anonymous: Chiave, chiave
Anonymous: Adoramus te, from the Mass Proper
Anonymous: "Tin dheisin mou"
Traditional: Nikriz
Dufay: "O tres piteulx" / "Omnes amici eius"
Janequin: Escoutez tous gentilz" (La bataille de Marignan; La guerre)
S. Rossi: "Al naharot bavel," from Hashirim asher lish'lomo
Willaert: "Vecchie letrose, non valete niente"
Kladas: Yefvsasthe kai idhete, from the Holy Eucharist
Lobwasser: "Ficht wieder meine Anfechter" (Psalm 35), from Der Psalter ... in deutsche reyme (arr. Claude Goudimel)
Traditional: Laïla Djân
Monteverdi: Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda
Vivaldi: "Di queste selve venite, o Numi," from La senna festeggiante, RV 693
Mozart: Rondo alla turca from Piano Sonata in A Major, K. 331 (arr. Jordi Savall)
Byzantios: Kratema
Marchant: "Nous sommes tous égaux," from La constitution française en chanson (arr. Jordi Savall)
Anonymous: "Per quel bel viso," from A Second Set of Venetian Ballads for the German Flute, Violin, or Harpsichord compos'd by Sigr. Hasse and All the Celebrated Italian Masters (Gondolier Song; arr. Jordi Savall)
Anonymous: "Mia cara Anzoletta," from A Second Set of Venetian Ballads for the German Flute, Violin, or Harpsichord compos'd by Sigr. Hasse and All the Celebrated Italian Masters (Gondolier Song; arr. Jordi Savall)
Bordése: "La Sainte Ligue" ("La nuit est sombre"), after Beethoven Symphony No. 7 and Symphony No. 5, from L'Orphéon classique populaire, fragments des chefs d'oeuvre des grand maîtres (arr. Jordi Savall)

ENCORE: Arvo Pärt's Da pacem Domine (Give peace, Lord)

 

From WQXR