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  Erasmus van Rotterdam: In Praise of Folly
  Erasmus van Rotterdam: In Praise of Folly

Louise Moaty, Marc Mauillon, Rene Zosso
La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Hesperion XXI
Jordi Savall
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  Classical - Unassigned
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Review by JJ April 20, 2013 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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The imposing latest production by Jordi Savall devoted to the philosopher Erasmus from Rotterdam is made up of six discs, three with words and three with music only. “With Erasmus from Rotterdam, Éloge de la folie, Jordi Savall paints a musical portrait of Erasmus (1466-1536) which strives to be a re-reading of the dialogue between cultures that the genial philosopher never ceased to define throughout his life. This musical fresco follows the major stages in Erasmus’ intellectual path that he himself conceived as a long pilgrimage towards Rome, to the sources of antique classicism. Symbol of the turning towards the new world, the year 1492 marked his departure from his native Holland: his appetite for traveling from then on represented the concrete incarnation of his humanist ideal. In England, he became friends with Thomas Moore, author of Utopia and dedicatee of his Éloge de la folie; in Italy, which he reached in 1506, he reflected on musicology of his era and studied the relation between texts and sacred music.” (Ariane de Rothschild). Carlo Gesualdo, Josquin Des Prez, John Dowland, Cristobal de Morales are, among others, present in this humanist “monument,” which despite its abounding, demanding and even intimidating aspect, never strays from a profound unity between texts and music. Here is an essential and unique compendium.

Jean-Jacques Millo
Translation Lawrence Schulman

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