Jordi Savall / La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XXI

Isabel I: Reina de Castilla

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AllMusic Review by James Leonard

For fans of the pomp and majesty of royalty, here's a collection of music for Isabel I, the Queen of Castilla (1454 -- 1504). Conceived, compiled, and conducted by Jordi Savall and performed by La Capella Reial de Catalunya with Hesperion XXI, the music is an impressive mixture of hymns and marches, songs and dances, strength and sensitivity. Grouped into five sets of works ranging across Isabel's entire reign from the hymn performed at her ascension to the requiem performed at her funeral. Each set is nicely balanced between public and private music and the progression of sets is meaningful and moving. The performances are as magisterial as the music: Savall and his forces have been bringing music to life for decades and the superb quality of their singing and playing is matched by the depth of their affection and enthusiasm. The sound is lush and voluptuous and the packaging is rich and luxuriant. This collection represents the classical music industry at its best.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:12 Amazon
2 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:48 Amazon
3 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 01:24 Amazon
4 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:39 Amazon
5 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:01 Amazon
6 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:29 Amazon
7 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:50 Amazon
8 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:33 Amazon
9 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:22 Amazon
10 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 01:59 Amazon
11 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:02 Amazon
12 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 08:49 Amazon
13 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:20 Amazon
14 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:35 Amazon
15 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:30 Amazon
16 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:06 Amazon
17 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:13 Amazon
18 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 06:54 Amazon
19 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:49 Amazon
Requiem
20 La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:56 Amazon
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