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JOAN OF ARC Battles & Jails (2SACD+Book)
Hesperion XXI / Jordi Savall
Montserrat Figueras, Louise Moaty, Rene Zosso, Manuel Weber
La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Hesperion XXI / Jordi Savall
20 years after having worked on the soundtrack of Jacques Rivetteˇ¦s movie ˇ§Jeanne la Pucelleˇ¨, Jordi Savall has decided to dedicate this new album to the mother figure of the struggle for French independence. Music fully enables us to rediscover this icon.
Works by composers from the time of Joan of Arc (Guillaume Dufay, Josquin Desprez, Johannes Vincenet, Johannes Cornago, etc.) but also compositions and arrangements by Jordi Savall paint the vivid portrait of a troubled time. Texts by Joan of Arc, including the record of her trial, are read in masterly fashion by French actress and director Louise Moaty.
This well-documented CD-book demonstrates how a religion prepared to compromise all its principles for political reasons also takes the risk of becoming an icon of fanaticism.