The Catalan musician and early music specialist Jordi Savall spearheaded the renaissance of the viola da gamba as an instrument in the 1970s, and has continued to broaden the repertoire ever since. His recent CD entitled Music of the Borgia Dynasty – Church and Power in the Renaissance follows the history of the family which, from the 11th to the 17th century, gave the world both murderers and patrons of the arts (sometimes in the same person) and reached its peak as a dynasty when one of its members, Rodrigo Borgia, was elected pope in 1492.
This concert features a selection of almost 700 years of music, inviting listeners on an imaginary journey in time and space. From Spain, we travel to the cities of Italy, from the Middle Ages – through the music of Renaissance composers Binchois, Dufay, Josquin and Morales – to the Baroque. But we will also be treated to Sephardic, Roman and Turkish music, instrumental and vocal, sacred and secular, intended for dancing or boldly intellectual – all of which illustrates the diversity which already characterised European culture at the time, and the social milieu in which beauty and cruelty went hand in hand.
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