Jordi Savall's Musical History of Venice

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Friday, February 03, 2017

Viola da gamba performer Jordi Savall in Jerusalem Jordi Savall is a devoted champion of early music. (Stephanie Berger)

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. 

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

WQXR's Jeff Spurgeon co-hosted the live broadcast alongside John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds show and WQXR's newest program, The Furthermore. In this video, our hosts recap their favorite moments from the concert and highlight what to listen for in the on-demand audio above.

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)

We asked listeners to share their thoughts during the broadcast using #CHLive. Here is a collection of those tweets and photos:

Comments [8]


Thank you for bringing this kind of music to our ears!
Thank you so much!

Feb. 09 2017 01:21 PM
Mindy Dallas from Bronx, NY

During the intermission, WQXR played a couple of contrasting pieces, a movement played by Jon Boss followed by a delicious piano piece that, to my knowledge, was not identified. Do any of you know what that piece was? It was completely enchanting.

Feb. 09 2017 12:12 AM
Nora Kagiannis from Forest hills , ny

This has to be one of the most beautiful concerts I've ever heard!! Mesmerizing !!
I hope there will be a recording that is either downloadable or made available to purchase ..
Heaven!! Pure heaven
Thank you !!

Feb. 08 2017 06:01 PM
John from Ecuador

I would be AMAZING AND EVEN LOGICAL!!! if some way we could follow the pieces played at the moment.
But it must be beyond your care. (Get a less demanding job... Please.)
Thanks for the mess and the annoyance you dump on us.

Feb. 03 2017 09:17 PM
Adam Hart from Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Such a rich program! Marvelous journey through time, and performed so very well.

Feb. 03 2017 08:36 PM
Lane S from NYC

It's SO interesting...wish there were a program guide with info about time and place et al to accompany this!

Feb. 03 2017 08:31 PM
Rev Leslie from Your neighbor on Long Island: East Northport, Suffolk Cnty.

I am LOVING this!!!
And do I hear a duduk?!?!
Just love your special programs ~ very appreciated. Love them all.
With thanks once again,
Rev Leslie

Feb. 03 2017 08:11 PM
cal from nyc

QXR should broaden its scope from western classical standards to include more programming like this. We need to hear and learn as much as possible about the musical traditions that came to compose the western canon, and hence about the depth of our cultural ties with people now made to seem alien to us.

Feb. 03 2017 08:09 PM

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