“The fact that the music is in fact exhilarating, superbly recorded and performed with consummate musicianship by Vespres d’Arnadí, whose members are drawn from the likes of Les Talens Lyriques, Le Concert des Nations and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, makes this without doubt one of the finest CD releases of the year.” (musicweb-international.com, Nov. 2011)
Vespres d’Arnadí is an ensemble specialized in the performance of Baroque music with period music instruments created in 2005 under the direction of Dani Espasa and Pere Saragossa. The aim of Vespres d’Arnadí is to offer versions full of emotion, freshness and spontaneity using, in addition to their own criteria, different resources bequeathed in treatises, chronicles and other historical sources. Since 2005 Dani Espasa has been the artistic director of the ensemble.
Vespres d’Arnadí has done over 100 performances in the most important festivals and concert seasons in the Southwest of Europe. Its first album, recorded under the label Musièpoca and released in December 2009, was dedicated to Charles Desmazures’ “Pièces de simphonie”. This recording received excellent reviews and won the Muse d’Or in June 2010. The second album, published in April 2011, is dedicated to Josep Mir i Llussà’s Mass and other sacred works and was distinguished with the Muse du Mois in July, August and September 2011.
Vespres d’Arnadí has been rated in 2012 as best baroque orchestra in Catalonia by the Culture Department of the Catalan Government, obtaining significant support for the realization of concerts at home and abroad. The ensemble is supported by the Institut Català de les Indústries Culturals and the Institut Ramón Llull.
The academies, name given to the concerts in the eighteenth century, were usually offered in the evenings (“Vespres”) as a “dessert” for the distinguished dinners in the homes of nobles and bourgeois families. Pumpkin, sugar and almonds are the ingredients of Arnadí, perhaps the world’s oldest dessert, that even today can be tasted in Xàtiva and other areas South of Valencia.
“The tact and the musicality of the Vespres d’Arnadi’s musicians are exemplary here. Superb achievement which enriches our knowledge of Desmazures’s music from partition of Madrid. (…) This is a brilliant reading because of his poetic charisma, the balance of his alliances of colours, whose interpretative quality is at the same level of Savall’s best recordings.” (Benjamin Ballifh, classiquenews.com, May 2010)