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Alfonso X el Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria: Strela do dia - La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XX / Jordi Savall Import

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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B0000DETCA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,882,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The lack of direct evidence describing contemporary performances of the Cantigas means scholars must draw upon circumstantial evidence to ascertain possible performance practices - a treacherous minefield. From this, a number of plausible options seem to emerge (depending on context) including the one presented here by Jordi Savall: a sizeable ensemble with various instruments.

Alongside the Cantiga MSS illustrations of musicians (all art historians seem to regard the miniatures as 'real life' depictions), near-contemporary accounts survive of large pilgrim ensembles at Spanish shrines, most famously the 12th century Codex Calixtinus (although seemingly unrelated because of its earlier date, this describes a large multi-instrument pilgrim ensemble [like those depicted in some Cantiga illuminations] at the altar of St James at Compostella - a shrine mentioned in certain Cantigas, e.g. CSM 26 and CSM 253. Pilgrims and shrines feature in a number of Alfonso's Cantigas, like CSM 163 'Pode por Santa Maria' [track 8 here], CSM 49, CSM 167 etc...).

This may shed light on Alfonso X's will, which stipulates continued performance of the Cantigas in Seville Cathedral after his death. Additionally, CSM 8 (about a minstrel praising the Virgin) appears in Gautier de Coinci's 'Miracles de Nostre Dame' - the likely inspiration behind Alfonso's collection - where it is followed by a description of some sort of devotional music involving voices and instruments ('...la clere vois plaisant et bele, le son de harpe et de viele, de psaltere, d'orgue, de gygue...') [R.e. all the Cantigas de Loor are devotional.
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By A Customer on March 4, 2000
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Jordi Savall, once more time, shares with us a beautiful program of instrumentals and chorals pieces from the middle age. Alfons X El Sabio Cantigas are the most popular music pieces about this period, but also really majestic. The sound of this album is really magic. A very good choice for a first approach...
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