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Chants du Sud et du Nord
Hirundo Maris is the Latin name for the sea swallow, and similar to the nomadic life of these birds, the quintet of harpist Arianna Savall - partly early music ensemble, partly folk group - floats on musical currents between Norway and Catalonia, enriching them with their own songs
Savall, who comes from a prominent family of Catalan musicians (her mother is the soprano Montserrat Figueras, who died last autumn, her father is the composer and gamba virtuoso Jordi Savall) and her co-leader Petter Udland Johansen have put together a formation for these songs of the North and South with a bright, brilliant group sound, which is characterized by Adrianna's crystal clear yet always sensually smooth voice. The timeless melodic beauty of Catalan, Sephardic or Norwegian traditionals meets careful arrangements that combine historical information with a contemporary global perspective.
"The singing of the heavenly Christmas music brings us peace and hope for all," says Arianna Savall. "Singing is one of the best ways to bring people together. It's very spiritual. We can't touch it, but we can all feel it deep in our hearts."
Il viaggio d'Amore
he new CD by Arianna Savall and her ensemble Hirundo Maris, based on the Hildegard von Bingen recording of 2014, is a musical journey of love through Europe, through near and far countries and times. So you can find traditional songs on this album, Compositions of the Renaissance as well as compositions by Arianna Savall herself, and as a crowning finale the famous "Gracias a la vida" by the Chilean singer Violeta Parra. The six musicians of Hirundo Maris combine all the different sources of their music to a time- and weightless dance through cultures and centuries, so that in the end even it is no longer clear (and not important) where the boundaries and differences between them are Love as an all-connecting force is musically implemented here in a very direct way and made tangible for the listener.
The new CD by Arianna Savall, Petter Udland Johansen and their ensemble Hirundo Maris is a new and unique interpretation of Hildegard von Bingen's music, entirely dedicated to the beauty, emotion and spiritual depth of her music. The magic of the works of this outstanding composer, philosopher and mystic is conveyed here in a deeply touching way. Hildegard's songs alternate with newly composed instrumental meditations by Petter Udland Johansen, inspired by Hildegard's music and building a bridge between their time and our present.
The Wind Rose
The new album by Arianna Savall, Petter U. Johansen and her ensemble Hirundo Maris move musically and sonically somewhere between early music and Celtic Folk, with echoes of ethereal Renaissance music to earthy bluegrass moments. The album is a homage to the sea, oceans and coasts, and an ode to the sailors and travellers of old and new times, to their lives, hopes and dreams. The compass rose points in all directions and thus includes all cultures, countries and places of this world. At the same time it is a symbol for the inner journey of the human soul. Thus the songs on this album sing of the inner and outer journeys that connect people through wide waters, currents and winds.
Bond and Free
Luz de alva
The famous Cancionero Musical de Palacio, created over several decades, impressively demonstrates the diversity and artistry of music at the Spanish court in the late 15th and early 16th centuries with its more than 450 pieces. With her touching voice, Arianna Savall, supported by the Ensemble La Morra, perfectly conveys the already fascinating beauty of this extraordinarily precious music.
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