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listen  4. Fantasia Que Contrahaze La Harpa De LudovicoHespèrion XXI 2:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. La Gamba In Basso, E SopranoHespèrion XXI 2:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Partita Sopra La FolliaHespèrion XXI 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Folias (A 3) Echa Para Mi Señora Doña Tarolilla De CarallenosHespèrion XXI 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen13. Sonata "La Follia"Hespèrion XXI11:48Album Only
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listen15. Sonata "La Follia" Op. 1 n. 12 RV 63Hespèrion XXI 9:49$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (November 15, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • ASIN: B000BO87PA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on August 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
In the fictional account of Marin Marais' life, his mentor commands him to "improvise on The Spanish Follies". The implication is that by the mid-17th Century any string musician, aspiring or established, should be able to launch into one of the many versions of this ancient Iberian tune. Jordi Savall, who has already produced a collection of "The Follies" ["La Folia"] including a version by Marais, has assembled a new set of interpretations. As usual with Savall, those "interpretations" from composers represented on the previous CD and this one are subtle, but they are there. There's no question this disc is unique.

As with the earlier CD, the order of presentation is roughly chronological, with the first being something of a surprise. It's a Peruvian version of the dance extracted from a 17th Century collection. The use of Amerindian instruments in a genre generally overwhelmed by European interpretations perks the listener's attention. Savall also skips over France [enough Marin Marais?] to tap Britain's John Playford's 1684 version for this set. That side trip accomplished, Hesperion XXI returns to the Mediterranean to present familiar figures such as Mudarra, Correlli and Vivaldi. It is the latter's "Sonata" on La Follia which rightly concludes the set. Vivaldi's version must have been something along the lines of the original dance, but with fuller orchestration. The term "folia" is Tuscan for "mindless" or "crazy". Vivaldi's approach starts with a rather sedate, morose opening, but builds to an almost crashing crescendo at the conclusion. It is the favourite of many, and rightly so. Vivaldi's finale certainly reflects the original phrase.

The musicians of Hesperion XXI show a shift in emphasis from the group Savall assembled for La Folia in 1998.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Maddy Evil on January 19, 2007
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Programmatically conceived in the same vain as it's predecessor on Alia Vox (Folia 1490-1701 AV9805), 'Altre Follie' traces the development of the renowned "Folia" progression which was to be the source of inspiration for scores of compositions, spanning 5 centuries and culminating in the oeuvres of composers such as Nielson and Rachmaninov. As on the previous disc, the arrangement of the selected material is primarily chronological, although here there is greater emphasis on solo contribution. The outstanding calibre of the individual performers ensures the resounding success of this decision, most obviously in the virtuosic fireworks of Manfredo Kraemer (violin), Rolf Lislevand (guitar/theorbo) and Michael Behringer (harpsichord).

In truth though, this is probably not the kind of CD which is best appreciated from end to end, given the fact that much of the 'variation' is (inevitably) achieved in these works by means of rhythm or surface decoration rather than harmonic elaboration. In this respect, Santiago de Murcia's 'Gallegas' - significantly bearing a strong resemblance in places to Martin y Coll's 'Diferencias Sobra La Gayta' (i.e. NOT 'La Folia'), c.1700 - provides a welcome relief from the prevalent similarity of keys and motifs, and Savall clearly thought so too given that he avoids Murcia's much more faithful representation of the progression, entitled 'Folias Ytalianas' [1732]. Subtle variety could, in fact, have been achieved in other ways, for example, by drawing upon works which exploit changes in either ensemble (e.g. Ribayaz, 'Folias' ['Luz y Norte...', 1677] for harp and guitars) or style (e.g.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jean Bouchenoire on November 2, 2006
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This great music has survived 500 years of man's madness and destruction for our enjoyment. The quality of interpretation is worth five stars. Classical music at its best, the combination of instruments and perfomers makes it perfect music to listen again and again until you have captured all the sounds and identified each instrument. Great to listen to on an Ipod or a superior sound system.
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Wow, you would think that a follow up CD of "La Folia" would be a mere commercial attempt to make more money off the success of the original. You would be wrong, my friend. If you thought the great tune had been fully exhausted in "La Folia", you were wrong. If anything, I like this CD even more than the first one. La Folia is revealed in various guises - pensive in one piece, exuberant in the next, always tuneful and dramatic. It is also heard on harpsichords, successfully I think, and not as all dry as you might fear.

"La Folia", in case you don't know, is a chaconne (or repeated pattern of chord progressions) with folk origins in Portugal in the 1400s. During the ensuing centuries it spread to Spain, Italy, and France, the tune being adapted as needed to suit the different cultures. In Spain it tended to be more free-spirited; in France, more stately. Regardless, it is a fantastic tune that will sweep you away.
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