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Hirundo Maris

Arianna Savall, Petter Udland Johansen

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Chants du Sud et du Nord  
1
El Mestre (Catalan traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen;
6:33
2
Buenas Noches (Sephardic traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
5:49
3
Ya Salió De La Mar (Sephardic traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
2:36
4
Om Kvelden (Norwegian traditional, arr. by Johansen)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
4:38
5
El Mariner (Catalan traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
6:14
6
Le Chant des Étoiles (Music: Arianna Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
3:45
7
Morena Me Llaman (Sephardic traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
6:11
8
Bendik og Årolilja (Norwegian traditional, arr. by Johansen)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
7:02
9
Ormen Lange (Norwegian traditional, arr. by Johansen)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
2:51
10
Tarantela (Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
4:46
11
The Water Is Wide (Scottish traditional, arr. by Johansen)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
5:24
12
El Noi De La Mare (Catalan traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
3:32
13
Josep I Maria (Catalan traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
3:29
14
Penselstrøk
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
5:19
15
Halling (Norwegian traditional, arr. by Johansen)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
2:54
16
Yo M'enamorí D'un Aire (Catalan traditional, arr. by Savall)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
5:36
17
Trollmors Vuggesang (Margit Holmberg, arr. by Savall - Johansen)
Arianna Savall; Petter Udland Johansen
3:14
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    79:53
"... ECM’s usual richly resonant recording ... there is a remarkable amount of variety in the sounds to be found here ... there are also the drones and lamenting lines which emanate from Johansen’s Hardanger fiddle ... filled with poignancy and scintillation, this is a magical recording which casts its spell both wide and deep."
- MusicWeb International

Vocalist and harpist Arianna Savall’s leader debut for ECM's New Series follows another trajectory with its very fresh instrumental textures, a project that Savall and her co-leader Petter Udland Johansen describe as a journey linking the Mediterranean and the North Sea. Hirundo Maris is Latin for “sea swallow” and, like that bird’s flight, the quintet, part early music ensemble and part folk group, drifts on musical currents between Norway and Catalonia, adding its own songs created on the wing, swooping down to dive beneath the surface of things. At the core are Arianna’s sparkling harps and the drones of Johansen’s Hardanger fiddle; when the colours of the mandolin and more unexpectedly the Dobro (not often heard outside bluegrass) are added, a message is sent about the universality of song as well as of the transatlantic travels of old ballads.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – ECM Records Studio Masters

Recorded January 2011 Propstei St. Gerold
Tonmeister: Markus Heiland
Cover Photo: Nadia F. Romanini Liner
Photos: Adam Benek, Karoline Amaury (2, 7)
Design: Sascha Kleis
English translations: Jacqueline Minett, Erik Fosse, Rolf E. Moe
Spanish translations: Juan Gabriel López Gil
Produced by Manfred Eicher

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