La Capella Reial de Catalunya & Hespèrion XXI

In the 16th and 17th century cathedrals and monasteries were the most important musical centres of Portugal. The only profane institute that was in a position to compete was the private music chapel of the dukes of Bragança in Vila Viçosa. This chapel and its associated music school reached their acme in the mid-17th century during the reign of king João IV, a fervent music lover and owner of the greatest music collection of his epoch. It contained a lot of music from the six preceding decades, in which period the political union between Portugal and Spain had created new career opportunities for Portuguese composers: many of them enjoyed great popularity, not only at home, but they also made it in Spain and in the Spanish colonies overseas. La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI present an interesting music selection from the period 1495-1656. You hear the echoes of a country in full economic bloom, which managed to regain its autonomy after the Spanish domination. With this glance on Portugal’s Golden Age, Jordi Savall will be expertly at the wheels to conclude Laus Polyphoniae 2011 in beauty.

Jordi Savall, artistic direction