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The Forgotten Kingdom/Le Royaume Oublie (Hesperion XXI/Jordi Savall) Box set, Hybrid SACD


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  • Conductor: Jordi Savall
  • Composer: Anon
  • Audio CD (1 Feb. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Hybrid SACD
  • Label: Indies Aus/Zoom
  • ASIN: B002SKMGDY
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Origins of Catharism: East and West: 950-1099
2. The Rise of Occitania: 1100-1159
3. The Expansion of Catharism: 1160-1204
Disc: 2
1. Heading for Confrontation: 1204-1208
2. The Albigensian Crusade: 1209-1229
Disc: 3
1. The Inquisition: Persecution of the Cathars and the Elimination of Catharism, 1230-1300
2. Diaspora to Catalonia and the End of the Eastern Cathars, 1309-1453

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ALIA 9873 (3 cd); ALIA VOX -;

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Ligia Luckhurst on 11 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I did not purchase this from Amazon or from anywhere else -- it was a Christmas present.

Beg, steal or borrow to get this treasure if you are an early music enthusiast, because essay CDs don't get any better than this. It is impeccably presented, with scholarly texts and imaginative esays in the form of a hard cover book in several languages, with full colour illustrations and many documents from the period. There are three CDs accompanying the book, and the whole will provide you with many hours of discovery, pleasure and study.

The participating musicians -- Jordi Saval, his ensemble and the superb Montserrat Figueras are all at the very top of their profession, and the music is supplemented by Latin and French texts of the times, such as, for example, the Papal Bull from 1252, "Ad Extirpanda", which establishes the Inquisition. That and the other similar texts are read by legendary Rene Zosso, the masterful interpreter (and singer) of medieval poetry.

This one is definitely not for the i-pod!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CB23 on 17 April 2010
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This is a lavish release: a stunning book packed with images and information about the history, persecution, and destruction of the Albigensian cathars, and three well-filled CDs. Savall and his ensemble make a haunting, wonderful sound, but I cannot help feeling that it is in every last detail the sound they have been making for the last twenty years. Even though I can put my feet up and enjoy both the book and the music, I cannot make myself believe that the performances I hear have any specific connection to the history I am being told - which is slightly disturbing when the history is so tragic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Corder on 7 Feb. 2011
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ANYONE even vaguely interested in ancient music could not fail to be enchanted with these three SACDs presented in an albeit somewhat difficult to store, unconventional format in the shape of a 563 page book with the CDs tucked in to the front and back covers.

The presentation is luxurious, comprehensive and highly informative written in no less than seven languages: French, English. Occitan, Castillian, Catalán, German and Italian. The book is also illustrated with photographs of Hesperion XXI and the Capella Reial de Catalunya as well as photographs of medieval manuscripts.

The works are beautifully recorded and with the added dimension of surround sound, really brings the music to life. There are recitations in Occitan by Gérad Gourian and in French and Latin by René Zosso and added to the line up there are musicians from Armenia, Turkey, Bulgaria and Morocco.

All in all a wonderful and meaningful collection covering a short lived and bloody period of history.

I purchased these CDs after having purchased Jordi Savall's excellent "Istanbul: Dmitrie Cantemir: ""The Book of Science of Music"" and the Sephardic and Armenian" also in SACD
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Bird on 17 May 2010
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Brilliant music, brilliantly performed and brilliantly recorded. This 3-CD set is a specialist item and comes in book form with a number of essays on the history of the period from which the music is taken. While this knowledge enriches the experience of the music, it is not essential for full musical enjoyment; however, it will prevent puzzlement for those who hear the small number of spoken tracks. As for the rest of the music, as other reviewers have said - it's pure delight. I recently played some of it for a friend who was bowled over by it and had never heard anything from this era. That just demonstrates its appeal at a purely musical level.
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This is a 3-CD set, of music from the period of the persecution of the Cathars (950 -1463 CE), performed by the maestro Jordi Savall, and his ensemble Hesperion. A great deal of research has clearly gone into the production of this work. Much of it comprises original texts, in Occitan or Latin, set to music and sung or in some cases, recited. The music covers three periods: the rise of Catharism in Langedoc, Southern France; the Albigensian Crusade against the Cathars; and the instigation and progress of the Inquisition, set up expressly to eliminate the last vestiges of Catharism.

The package is essentially a book with a 3-CD soundtrack, which transports you immediately to that time and place: the book (which comes in seven languages - English, French, Occitan, Catalan, Castillian, Italian and German) is lavishly illustrated with medieval pictures, and it supplies all the source texts, in the original and in translation, as well as several scholarly but highly readable chapters, on Occitan and Cathar history, the progress of the crusades and the Inquisition, the musicology of the time, the theology of the Cathar 'heresy', and much more. As a Catalan himself, Jordi's personal involvement in the legacy is always apparent.

It is, in my opinion, a triumph of both fascinating scholarship and highly empathic beautiful music-making. It stands out, even by the towering standards of Jordi and Montserrat, and Hesperion. The voice of Montserrat Figueras, the principal female singer and life-long wife and musical partner of Jordi, is just sublime here, and perfectly suited to the medieval cadences she articulates. Her death in 2011, after a long battle with cancer, is a catastrophic loss to lovers of early music (as well as an unimaginable loss to Jordi Savall) - may this masterpiece stand as a monument to her genius, and their partnership.

Martin Williams
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