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1. Rotundellus, Cantiga 105
3. 3 .Danza de las espadas
7. El Rey de Francia
9. Istampita Manfredina
10. Trotto, dance for instrumental ensemble
12. Paxarico tu te Ilamas
13. Danza del viento
Memories from a time now lost, echoes throughout this highly emotive music.
Folk songs of epic scale are painted up on canvas of medieval spirit. Jordi
Savall manages with great feeling to evoke ancient culture and the
individual's way of dealing with existential issues that always have plagued
These special moments of lament and awe are expressed through a cold and
empty room, where the silence in between the occasional percussion reflect
this. As such, "the Medieval Fiddle" is a very isolated experience. Melodies
coming from the soft fiddle are often reoccuring throughout the songs as
main themes, and in this way try to establish a general mood, where the high
and low volume points of the fiddle determine the current emotional state.
However, now and then Jordi continues to build on the basic melody in order
to strive away from the original concept theme, and it is here the music
feels most profound and entrancing.
Fans of Dead Can Dance will experience this album as authentic and
inspiring, as they will notice the beginning of "Saltarello" from a classic
DCD album. Where many songs are filled with sorrow and contemplation, others
celebrate the virtues of rich folk culture. The tense moments built up in
songs like "Ritual" and "Dansa de les espases" most oftenly depend on the
perfect balance between the fiddle and the dark sounds of tribal drums that
form the basic rythm throughout this piece.
While musically it may not be able to compete with the more advanced
structure of compositions found in medievalist bands like Dead Can Dance,
Jordi Savall's "the Medieval Fiddle" still remains highly emotional,
authentic and honest about what it tries to present. This is as close as you
can come to the expression of a lonely and aspiring individual, both
engaging wildly in cultural bonds, and experiencing the gloomy sides of a
life that in this age stood between poverty and happiness.