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Ambitious, magnificent, extraordinary, compelling, fabulous: Jordi Savall’s indomitable vision recreates the soundworld of 100 years of conflict, from the 30 Years War to the War of the Spanish Succession. From Scheidt to Biber and well beyond, it is simultaneously a history lesson and an extraordinary artistic achievement, realised by surely the only living artist whose expertise encompasses baroque Europe, from the Ottoman Empire to France, southwards to Spain and northwards to Russia. It’s all sung and played with utterly convincing style and intensity and there’s a more-than-usually-lavish accompanying book. If you don’t have a ticket for their forthcoming appearance at the Edinburgh Festival, read this and weep.

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