Jordi Savall : Magnificat Jubilate

28, 29 june 2013

After the release of his splendid recording of Bach’s Mass in B minor, Jordi Savall has decided to mark the Tercentenary of the Peace of Utrecht (1713), which put an end to twelve years of war between France and half of Europe, in a programme that brings together four masterpieces that are highly representative of European sacred music as well as being in Latin, for soloists, choir and orchestra, four compositions that celebrate the divine grandeur, the royal power and the establishment of peace.


In 1660, Louis XIV was 21 and married the Infanta of Spain. He inaugurated his absolutist reign in 1661. Lully (then aged 28, he became Superintendent of the King’s Music the following year) celebrated before the Court (the audience included Anne of Austria and the young Queen Marie Thérèse) in his "Jubilate Deo" the Peace of the North which completed the Treaty of the Pyrenees of 1659. But, alas, war was to return regularly in Europe until, at the end of the reign of Louis XIV, a half-century later, the Peace of Utrecht once more established stability between France and Spain. This early Grand Motet by Lully is already a splendid work, with vast choral set-pieces and melodies that were later to seal the success of his lyrical tragedies. No other European composition of this period matches its accomplished "magnificence". This stately ceremonial French style already so recognisable was to conquer Europe...


Composed in 1700, Vivaldi’s Gloria has the force of conviction of the great works celebrating the divine glory, and features all the stunning virtuosity of the Venetian maestro. Written for the famous choir of the Ospedale della Pietà, the work has a rare inventiveness and the trumpet blast of Fame has saluted its bravura musical accomplishment ever since.

Handel composed his Jubilate to celebrate the Peace of Utrecht, in 1713, in a style that combines the tradition of Purcell and musical influences of Italy from which Handel had just left. This elaborate work celebrates the glory of the English Court as much as the Peace...

Lastly, Bach’s Magnificat is an outstanding example of the perfection achieved in the work of the Cantor, using more than ever before combinations of contrapuntal structure and mathematical figures to create a work of stunning beauty and eloquence, a veritable tour de force for choirs. Could this adoration by the Virgin Mary of the newly-born Christ be the choral masterpiece of Bach?





Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)

Jubilate Deo, Motet pour la Paix, LWV 77/16

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Ouverture de la IIIème Suite en Ré majeur, BVW 1068

Georg Frideric Haendel (1685-1759)

Jubilate pour la Paix d'Utrecht (O be joyful), HWV 279




Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Magnificat en Sol mineur, RV610

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Air de la IIIe Suite en Ré majeur, BWV 1068

Jean-Sébastien Bach (1685-1750)

Magnificat en ré majeur, BWV 243




Extract : Mass in B Minor, JS Bach.
La Capella Reial de Catalunya, le Concert des Nations, conducted by Jordi Savall. Captation on 19 july 2011, Abbaye de Fontfroide.



La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Le Concert des Nations

Jordi Savall, conductor