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York Early Music Festival - Hesperion XXI

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 10 July 2014

Live from Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York as part of York Early Music Festival

Presented by Adam Tomlinson

Hespèrion XXI:
Pierre Hamon - flute, gaita
Dimitri Psonis - santur, moresca
Yurdal Tokan - oud
Hakan Gungor - kanun
David Mayoral - percussion
Jordi Savall - rebab lira and direction

Kalenda Maya: Folias and Dances from Palace and Desert

East meets West in this colourful evocation of medieval music from all around the Mediterranean. In the twelfth and thirteenth centuries Spain was a melting pot, where Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures co-existed, where Provençal troubadours and Arabic musicians could meet and exchange ideas. Manuscripts associated with the Castilian court of Alfonso X ''the Wise'' show illustrations of musicians playing instruments that look remarkably similar to those still played in North Africa, the Middle East and around the Adriatic today, and this has inspired Jordi Savall to gather together a group of musicians from east and west to recreate the lost sounds of medieval Spain, Provence and Italy in the context of traditional music from Armenia, Persia and Turkey.

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