Jordi Savall: The House of Borgia – With Montserrat Figueras

La Capella Reial de Catalunya – Hespèrion XXI

The musicians of Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, conducted by Jordi Savall, follow the political career of the Borgias to present an original programme with works from Spain and Italy spanning five centuries of music history.

Native of Valencia (Spain), the Borgias have remained notorious in history essentially through Pope Alexander VI (1492-1503). Accused of simony, nepotism, rape and corruption, Pope Alexander VI led a life of debauchery. As to his children, Lucrezia was accused of incestuous relationships, and Cesare served as a model for Niccolò Machiavelli's famous book, The Prince.

Yet, Pope Alexander VI was a great sponsor of the arts at the outset of the Renaissance. Many songbooks of this time, including works by Gilles Binchois, Guillaume Dufay, Josquin des Prez, Heinrich Isaac or Claude Goudimel, bear witness of the luxury of the papal court at this time. Jordi Savall and the musicians of the music ensembles Hespèrion XXI and La Capella Reial de Catalunya, have dug into these sources to shed a new light on the Borgias and their cultural environment, from their political beginning in Valence in the 11th century up to their Roman consecration as pope at the turn of the 16th century.

Montserrat Figueras soprano, zither
Driss El Malouni oud, tenor

La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Adriana Fernández soprano
Pascal Bertin countertenor
David Sagastume countertenor
Lluís Villamajó tenor
Francesc Garrigosa tenor
Furio Zanasi baritone
Daniele Carnovich bass

Hespèrion XXI
Andrew Lawrence-King harp
Dimitri Psonis santur
Sergi Casademunt viola di gamba
Fahmi Alqhai viola di gamba
Philippe Pierlot viola di gamba
Xavier Díaz Latorre guitar, vihuela
Pierre Hamon recorder
Nedyalko Nedyalkov kaval
Jean-Pierre Canihac cornett
Béatrice Delpierre shawm
Daniel Lassalle sackbut
Josep Borras bassoon
Michael Behringer harpsichord
Pedro Estevan percussion

Jordi Savall conductor, viola di gamba

Josep Piera narration
Francisco Rosas narration
Daniele Carnovich narration

Movie director : Benjamin Bleton alias Karl More

Duration : 02 h 09 min
Location : Fontfroide Abbey (Narbonne, France)
Recording date : 2010
Production date : 2010
Production : © Karl More Productions / Alia Vox

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