February 23, 2010

How's your Catalan?

TV3 (Televisió de Catalunya) has posted its full documentary about Jordi Savall and the Borgia Dynasty. Jordi will conduct the orchestra and perform viola da gamba next week!

As staffer David Challinor wrote when he alerted us to the documentary:

"My Catalan is non-existent, but this is fascinating. It shows rehearsals in the castle he records in and him working on the Borja family project that will probably be the next release after Le Royaume Oublie (The Albigensian Crusade)."

The full description (translated into English) and the video are posted below. If your French is better than your Catalan, here are some clips from Sur France3's Culturebox.

"For the first time in a documentary, Jordi Savall discusses his music and his craft. Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of St. Francis Borgia, fourth Duke of Gandia, the documentary follows Savall and his closest collaborators as they research the Borgia dynasty and try to recreate the music from during the family's reign, from Pope Alexander VI and his children, Cesare and Lucrezia, as far as Francis Borgia, the Jesuit priest who may have also been a songwriter."

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