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The Forgotten Kingdom

25 Jan. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Disc 2
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4:56
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Release Date: 25 Jan. 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Alia Vox
  • Total Length: 3:49:05
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  • ASIN: B0037MZD96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,658 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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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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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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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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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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Beautifully presented (as a book) and recorded (as a set of CDs). Jordi Savall keeps up his amazingly high standard both of performance and historically informed programming. Sadly you need a very bright light and a magnifying glass to read the book (if you're as old as I am!) and that's what removes the final star for me.
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At first it is necessary to remember the Cathar extermination is the worst ever crime against humanity committed within Christianity against other Christians. It is at least as awful as Auschwitz and if it was not done industrially for obvious reasons it was done with the absolute and supreme aim to destroy for ever and ever a whole community of people who were your own brothers, at times members of your own family, your parents or your children, just for one reason: they dared to think differently from the official canon decreed by a bunch of people in Rome. Here we are only dealing with the music, and we should not forget that this movement is also political, economic and social. The religious deviance will be uprooted but not the political and social demands and reforms that will take place nevertheless and in spite of the resistance of those who had just destroyed the Cathars. The future was coming from the south as for city organization, political and social structure, feudalism and the new mercantile order coming up that will only take over after the Black Death and the Hundred Year War.

To understand, maybe, this division of the Christian world we have to understand that Europe was colonized by the Indo-Europeans starting around 5 or 6 thousand years ago via two routes. The Meditarranean route crossed Anatolia and then spread to Greece, Italy and Iberia and the coasts of the Mediterranean sea. But the other route was just as important. They crossed the Caucasus and then entered the vast plains of Central Europe and moved west and north. They will be rejoined later on by the Finno-Ugrian people.
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