Give Now

Harmonia Early Music

Mare Nostrum

Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, peace and a dialogue of souls - what more do you need to know?

Latin for "Our Sea," Mare Nostrum was a Roman name for the Mediterranean Sea.

In 2012, the Alia Vox label released Mare Nostrum, described as a musical dialogue between East and West of Christian, Muslim and Jewish music, a dialogue of souls dedicated to peace.

At the beginning and end of a 454-page book in ten languages, we find two CDs offering 28 pieces in which some 30 musicians from at least a dozen countries participate in a project conceived by Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras. Traditional song, improvisation, and interpretations of music from medieval manuscripts combine to offer a colorful tapestry of music.

Mare Nostrum, of course, refers to the Mediterranean Sea.  It was the cradle of civilization and of the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths, and a meeting point for the sharing of knowledge and culture. Differences in chronology and beliefs need not divide us artistically, and art can  highlight elements that diverse cultures share.

[playlist-item 1]

Wendy Gillespie

Wendy Gillespie, Director of the Bloomington Bach Cantata Project, is Professor Emerita of Music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and Past President of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. In 2011 she was awarded Early Music America’s Thomas Binkley Award, and in 2012 a Wellesley College Alumnae Achievement Award. She continues to enjoy her career as a performing musician, having made more than 100 recordings and performed on five continents. Wendy began working with Harmonia in January 2012.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Harmonia Early Music:

More Subscription Options

Follow Us

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Harmonia Early Music

Search Harmonia Early Music