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Poblet Early Music Festival

Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a concert at last summer's Early Music Festival in the Catalonian town of Poblet, featuring Jordi Savall and the Hesperion XXI Ensemble.

Simon Heighes introduces highlights from a concert recorded at last summer's Early Music Festival in the Catalonian town of Poblet.

Recorded al fresco in the square of the 12th-century Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, Jordi Savall and the Hespèrion XXI Ensemble with guest musicians from China, Afghanistan, Armenia, Syria and Turkey, perform music inspired by the extraordinary journey of the Medieval Morrocan explorer Ibn Battuta.

Savall takes us via Constantinople to the Far East and to Sub-Saharan Africa before returning to Fez, recreating Battuta's 14th-century journey through music.

Producer Helen Garrison.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Trad Greece

    Erotokritos (Byzantine dance)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Afghan

    Laili Djan

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • trad France Manuscrit du Roi

    La Quarte Estampie Royal

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad India

    Muddhu gare yashoda (raga)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Jordi Savall

    Ballade de la Pucelle (after L'homme arme)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad China

    Chun Jiang hua yue ye

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Catalonia

    Cuncti simus concanentes (Llibre Vermell de Montserrat)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Tuscany

    Lamento di Tristano

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad China

    Yi zu wu qu (Dance of the Yi People)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Andalusian

    Billadi askara min aadbi Llama (Mawachah)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad China

    Gao shan liu shui (High Mountains, Flowing Streams)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Syria

    Al maya, al maya (Love Song)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Traditional

    Alba

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Andalusian

    Fiyachia (Mawachah)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad China

    Xing jie (Happy Walk in the Street)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Syria

    Separation Song (Arabic Lament)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
  • Trad Naples

    Istampitta (Saltarello)

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.

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