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listen15. Ave generosa (Inst.) - Hildegarde von Bingen 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen21. Chant de la Sybille Occitaine "Ell jorn del judizi" - Anonymous14:32Album Only

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listen13. Vai, Hugonet, ses bistensa - Raimon de Miraval 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Pater Noster - Cathar prayer 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Performer: Montserrat Figueras, Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya
  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Audio CD (March 9, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Import
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Catharism was the name given to a Christian religious sect that appeared in the Languedoc region of what is now southern France and flourished in the 12th and 13th centuries. The Cathars saw matter as intrinsically evil. They denied that Jesus could become incarnate and still be the son of God and thus, the Catholic Church regarded the sect as dangerously heretical. Faced with what they saw as a rapidly spreading cancer, the Church called for a crusade, which was carried out by knights from Northern France and Germany and was known as the Albigensian Crusade. This campaign, and the inquisition that followed it, eradicated the Cathars completely. It also had the effect of weakening the semi- independent southern principalities in the area, ultimately bringing them under direct control of the King of France. Occitania, once a crossroads of many cultures, was one of the victims of the Albigensian Crusade. Occitania s refined culture culminated in the troubadour tradition, which subsequently spread to Italy, Spain and Greece. Related movements sprang up throughout Europe: the Minnesingers in Germany, trovadorismo in Galicia and Portugal and the trouvères in northern France. On this album, Jordi Savall not only explores the classical period of the troubadour school from around the turn of the 13th century, but also provides us with a comprehensive historical and artistic background of this Golden Age. It is time we remembered this forgotten kingdom where much of what we call Western culture was incubated.

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Hear the music, read the story - you cannot remain unmoved.
Julie M. Hopper
It is a feast for the ear, the eye, the mind... It is something you will want to read and look at as well as listen to.
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They are on a par with the best Hybrid SACDs from Channel Classics.
René Malle

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By René Malle on June 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
In agreement with what everyone has written here so far, and there doesn't need much to be added to what's been said about this great release. I was also expecting a lot from The Forgotten Kingdom and wasn't disappointed.

So why bother to add to the reviews found here? The previous three reviewers did point out that there are three CDs, but I don't think anyone mentioned that they are Hybrid CDs playable in glorious SACD sound as well as having a good quality red book (regular) 16 bit CD layer. Savall's regular CDs have wonderful sound, but his SACDs offer extraordinary sound. There are none better, actually. They are on a par with the best Hybrid SACDs from Channel Classics.

Others have pointed out that the book which accompanies the CDs is a big one. Not quite sure if it was mentioned, nor can you tell from the cover photo of the Forgotten Kingdom but his is no ordinary book. It's 563 pages, and there's a lot in it, even the text is duplicated in four languages (French, Italliano, Castillano, and English). The illustrations are a wee bit small, but the quality of the printing and the binding of this cloth book is magnificent. Clearly a labor of love on the part of the Savall family, not an effort to make money, it must have cost quite a lot to publish it. So don't think of it as simply a three album SACD with a a big booklet. I have never seen such quality in music release until purchasing The Forgotten Kingdom. Remarkable!
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71 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Julie M. Hopper on January 23, 2010
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Having been a fan of Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras for many years now, I felt sure that this production would be up to their usual excellent standards. It is. The story of the Cathars deserves to be remembered. It is a wonderful and terrible story of what happens when the followers of a particular human philosophy are overrun by a mind-set which sees nothing but evil in viewpoints other than its own. The parallels with latter-day fundamentalism and terrorism are disturbing.

The presentation is sumptuous - three CDs and a hardback book amply illustrated with images from manuscripts of the 12th and 13th centuries, and text written in seven different languages. It is a fitting tribute to the brave and tragic people known as Cathars, and indeed to all people who have fallen foul of prevailing ignorance and narrow mindedness simply because of ideological difference.

Hear the music, read the story - you cannot remain unmoved.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By CB23 on April 17, 2010
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This is a lavish release: a stunning book packed with images and information about the history, persecution, and destruction of the Albigensian cathars, and three well-filled CDs. Savall and his ensemble make a haunting, wonderful sound, but I cannot help feeling that it is in every last detail the sound they have been making for the last twenty years. Even though I can put my feet up and enjoy both the book and the music, I cannot make myself believe that the performances I hear have any specific connection to the history I am being told - which is slightly disturbing when the history is so tragic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jacques COULARDEAU on November 4, 2011
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At first it is necessary to remember the Cathar extermination is the worst ever crime against humanity committed within Christianity against other Christians. It is at least as awful as Auschwitz and if it was not done industrially for obvious reasons it was done with the absolute and supreme aim to destroy for ever and ever a whole community of people who were your own brothers, at times members of your own family, your parents or your children, just for one reason: they dared to think differently from the official canon decreed by a bunch of people in Rome. Here we are only dealing with the music, and we should not forget that this movement is also political, economic and social. The religious deviance will be uprooted but not the political and social demands and reforms that will take place nevertheless and in spite of the resistance of those who had just destroyed the Cathars. The future was coming from the south as for city organization, political and social structure, feudalism and the new mercantile order coming up that will only take over after the Black Death and the Hundred Year War.

To understand, maybe, this division of the Christian world we have to understand that Europe was colonized by the Indo-Europeans starting around 5 or 6 thousand years ago via two routes. The Meditarranean route crossed Anatolia and then spread to Greece, Italy and Iberia and the coasts of the Mediterranean sea. But the other route was just as important. They crossed the Caucasus and then entered the vast plains of Central Europe and moved west and north. They will be rejoined later on by the Finno-Ugrian people.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By I. J. Black on January 6, 2011
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In a perfect world, Jordi Savall would be officially proclaimed a Universal Treasure. I've been collecting his recordings since Hesperion was only XX. He doesn't just record music, he creates a cultural/philosophical concept and fills it with appropriate "illustrations." For his American debut tour, which I attended in Houston just this past October, he and his ensemble traced the connections between Hispanic music in the Old and New Worlds. The only negative comment from a critic was that Savall didn't play enough music highlighting his instrument. Not enough of a great thing!
The cultural world is replete with "high concept art." Too often, the concept isn't realized in the execution. The philosophy overwhelms the art-making. Not so with Savall and his forces. They are all, above all, consummate artists. They bring skill and commitment to their music-making. The ensemble could easily stand on its artistic legs without an overriding philosophical context. A concert isn't a lecture. Reminds me of a comment made about Umberto Eco's masterful "The Name of the Rose" -- even if you don't get off on Medieval Church history and philosophy, it is still a crackling good murder mystery.
On the high of actually experiencing Savall live and being a student of the Albigensian movement since hearing Claude Marti's haunting "L'Agonie du languedoc," on an ancient Studio der Fruehen Musik vinyl disc, I bought Savall's treatment of the subject. It was well-worth every dollar it cost.
Like vintage wine or single-malt, it must be sipped and savored, not gulped.
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