Arianna Savall, Petter U. Johansen, Hirundo Maris: Love songs from countries and times near and far
Arianna Savall – soprano, baroque triple harp
Petter Udland Johansen – tenor, hardingfele, cittern
Michal Nagy – guitar, voice
Sveinung Lilleheier – guitar, dobro, voice
Miquel Angel Cordero – colascione, double base, voice
David Mayoral – percussion, voice
The new album by Arianna Savall, Petter Udland Johansen and their ensemble Hirundo Maris, following last years’ Hildegard of Bingen - recording, is a musical journey of Amor, the love, through europe and beyond, and through different ages and cultures.
Assembled on this album are traditional songs, songs from Renaissance sources as well as new compositions by Arianna Savall and, finally, the famous “Gracias a la vida” by Chilenian singer and political activist Violeta Parra.
The six musicians of Hirundo Maris combine all these diverse musical sources of their music into a time- and weightless dance through time and space. In the end, it is not clear anymore where the borders and differences between them are, and it is not even important anymore: Love as the universal uniting force is being applied here in a most practical way, and made comprehensible and very real to the attentive listener.
Amazing recording, wonderful voices and instruments (i particularly love Arianna Savall's voice and harp). Perfect combination of sounds, it's a very eclectic CD but quite interesting mix. And of course, great recording with well balanced sound.