Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI

Venezia Millenaria 700-1797

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AllMusic Review by James Manheim

Despite its hefty, hardbound, 300-plus-page book and attendant top price, Jordi Savall's Venezia Millenaria has appeared on commercial sales charts. It's easy to see why: this is one of Savall's most ambitious concepts, covering the promised millennium of the history of the city of Venice, Italy, plus a bit more as a bonus, taking you up to the end of Venice's independence. The book contains enough information that it could serve as the basis for a little travelers' course, but there's also a case to be made for just listening and letting a thousand years of music wash over you. Venice was a diverse city where numerous languages could be heard on the street, and Savall represents the various musical cultures that made up Venice's mosaic -- not only Turks and Byzantines, but Greeks, Jews, and even Cypriots. All this while unearthing unusual works that depict major events of the time, including the big ones (the fall of Constantinople) as well as those that you may not have read about (sample the marvelous Clément Janequin battle chanson depicting the 1515 Battle of Marignan). Savall brings aboard Eastern musicians to complement his Hesperion XXI and Concert de Nations choir. The whole production would be worth the money even for the texted Beethoven symphony movements at the end, and there is so much more. An impressive achievement even by Savall's standards.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Venezia Millenaria
1 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 01:11 Amazon
2 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:26 Amazon
3 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 01:45 Amazon
4 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:55 Amazon
5 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:44 Amazon
6 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 06:50 Amazon
7 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:35 Amazon
8 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:19 Amazon
9 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:25 Amazon
10 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 04:35 Amazon
11 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 01:20 Amazon
12 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:57 Amazon
13 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 05:26 Amazon
14 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:08 Amazon
15 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 07:42 Amazon
16 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 07:21 Amazon
17 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:20 Amazon
18 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:46 Amazon
19 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 04:21 Amazon
20 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 06:02 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Venezia Millenaria
1 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:13 Amazon
2 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 04:30 Amazon
3 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 01:58 Amazon
4 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:35 Amazon
5 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:22 Amazon
6 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:34 Amazon
7 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:34 Amazon
8 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 16:51 Amazon
9 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 04:14 Amazon
10 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:05 Amazon
11 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 04:12 Amazon
12 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 04:09 Amazon
13 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 07:26 Amazon
14 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:40 Amazon
15 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 03:43 Amazon
16 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 02:50 Amazon
17 Jordi Savall / Hespèrion XXI 09:41 Amazon
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