The Forgotten Kingdom
Jordi Savall’s latest Alia Vox release, “The Forgotten Kingdom,” is yet another special project of epic proportions. In three CDs, he covers over five hundred years of history, music, and poetry related to the Christian religious sect known as Catharism, from its origins and flowering to its persecution and eventual demise.
The performances, an ingenious mix of middle-eastern and western styles, are nothing short of stunning, often revealing a beauty not found elsewhere. “The Forgotten Kingdom” is a powerful testament that is much more than just a recording—it’s a special historical record in and of itself.
Lamentations of Jeremiah
The Tallis Scholars’ new Lamentations of Jeremiah by Tomas Luis de Victoria is as fine a recording as I’ve ever heard from them. Their performance is moving and finely captures the spirit of the composer’s music and his time.
Directed by Peter Phillips, their Gimell label release also includes Lamentations for Maundy Thurday by Juan de Padilla, a younger contemporary of Victoria’s who made his mark in Mexico, known back then as New Spain.