30 years CdM (1987-2017)

On December 11, Sunday, at 12 am at the Monasteri de Sant Miquel dels Reis - Valencia, there will be a concert of Capella de Ministrers preceded by the presentation of the activities that will form, during 2017, its thirtieth anniversary. Beatriz Traver and René Esteve, along with Carles Magraner will show us all that CdM has planned for this year commemorating its thirtieth anniversary (1987-2017). To attend the event it is necessary to make a prior reservation by email by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . At the end of the event, a complimentary wine will be served.

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Ramon Llull, crónica de un viaje medieval

Teaser de la trilogía "RAMON LLULL. L'últim pelegrinatge", que, con motivo del 700 aniversario de su fallecimiento, verá la luz progresivamente desde enero hasta abril de 2016, momento en que se presentará la edición completa deluxe en libro disco.


Presentación del proyecto Ramon Llull

RNE Llull

El viernes se presentó la la trilogía "RAMON LLULL. L'últim pelegrinatge", que, con motivo del 700 aniversario de su fallecimiento, verá la luz progresivamente desde enero hasta abril de 2016, momento en que se presentará la edición completa deluxe en libro disco. Capella de Ministrers estuvo en La Quinta de Mahler y en La Dársena de Jesús Trujillo en RNE.






Capella de Ministrers inaugura la gira internacional de Cervantes en el Centro Nacional de las Artes de Pekín.

cervantesMadrid, 30.11.2015.- Capella de Ministrers, ensemble valenciano dedicado desde 1987 a la recuperación del patrimonio musical español y más de 48 álbumes a sus espaldas, aterriza el 1 de diciembre en el concinente asiático para estrenar su tour cervantino. 

El ensemble valenciano inicia la gira internacional que conmemora el IV Centenario de la Muerte de Cervantes. Un tour que incluye un total de 12 conciertos en espacios internacionales como el Centro Nacional de las Artes y el Instituto Cervantes de Pekín, la Ópera de Tianjín, el Musée des Arts Décoratifs y Les Grands Concerts de la Chapelle de la Trinité de Lyon, el Teatro Bradesco de Belo Horizonte o el Conservatorio de Música de Diamantina en Brasil, o el Festival de Música Antigua de Varazdin en Croacia, como algunos de los conciertos internacionales más destacados, además de las citas nacionales.

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Recordant Llull des de València

Capella de Ministrers. © Ivo Rovira i Ana Ponce
Per Albert Torrens. València, 9 de setembre de 2015.- Malgrat que no en coneixem amb certesa la data de la mort (ni tan sols si es va produir a Tunis, a Mallorca o en algun punt de la travessia entre aquestes ciutats), les commemoracions del 700 aniversari de la mort de Ramon Llull ja han començat i s’allargaran durant tot l’any 2016. En aquest context, una aportació destacada és la que presentarà la Capella de Ministrers: el grup de música valencià fundat l’any 1987 pel seu director, Carles Magraner, va presentar fa uns dies a València la “Crònica d’un viatge musical per la Mediterrània medieval”, una proposta que inclou l’enregistrament i edició d’un llibre-disc amb músiques i continguts relacionats amb l’època en què Llull va viure i els indrets que va visitar, alguns dels quals acolliran en dates properes una petita gira de concerts de la Capella de Ministrers.

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Music for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

0If music be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken and so die.
That strain again! It had a dying fall;
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more;
'T is not so sweet now as it was before.

[William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act I]

William Shakespeare, the English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. His plays remain highly popular today and are constantly studied, performed, and reinterpreted in diverse cultural and political contexts throughout the world.

Capella de Ministrers presents an invocation to music that opens the Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, one of the works of the English dramatist more directly related to music. Treatise of Melancholy is a tribute to the music and Shakespeare, the music scene of the early 17th century London, and the musical works inspired by this writer. Works by Playford, Hume, Dowland, Holborne, Morley, Gibbons, Byrd…



LLULLCarles Magraner proposes a musical journey around the Medieval Mediterranean to the hand of one of the most important theologists and philosophers of the History: Raymundus Lullus. The musical references of his writings are brief but fundamental. In the "Revelatio Secretorum Artis" the 18th century german lullist Ivo Salzinger wrote his work "De Secreto Musicae" where, after reiterate the musical authority of Boethius and Pythagoras, deals with the division of the monochord, the musical consonances and the solmisation system of Guido d’Arezzo, and following Lullus says that music is "ars inventa ad ordinandum multas voces concordantes in uno canto". However, in the “Tree of Knowledge’’, where Lullus imagines fourteen trees of knowledge, the most important is the “humanal tree’’, in which the music takes place, and we must  “consider the voices to be high and low and medium, and long and short, thin and depth, proportional to the vocal and consonant accents, to adorn the voices and the melody of the instruments, that are pleasing to be heard by the hearts of the men’’. Other musical references in Lullus are found also in his “Doctrina Pueril’’, where he wrote: “The music is the art by which we have the straight doctrine to sing and play the instruments, raising and lowering the voices in a form to concur the different voices and sounds’’.

Image: ©Badische Landesbibliothek, Karlsruhe. Cod. St.Peter perg 92 fol.3v

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Naxos of America Launches New Labels for Distribution

Naxos of America Launches New Labels for Distribution

ANDREADAFIRENZEWayOfSalvationSince its beginning in 1987, the Capella de Ministrers ensemble, directed by Carles Magraner, has developed an important investigative and musicological task in favor of the musical Spanish patrimony, from the medieval times up to the 19th century. The result brings together the perfection of three key factors: historical rigor, musical sensibility and an uncontrollable desire to communicate the music.


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Music in the "Cité" of Christine de Pizan

portadaCiteThe founding of new cities was not a medieval custom. Famous kings in antiquity had already created them, naming them eponymously: Alexandria, after the Macedonian King Alexander the Great; Constantinople, after Emperor Constantine; Recopolis after the Visigoth King Recaredo. Eventually, imaginary cities were also created. In the early sixteenth century, Thomas More created the island of Utopia, and Campanella did the same with the City of the Sun, as well as Bacon with Bensalem a century later. However, the idea had already been developed in a much more original way by a woman at the beginning of the fifteenth century. When Christine de Pizan (1364-1420) finalized the third and last part of her book Le Livre de la Cité des Dames in 1405, she had created and invented a city, in the etymological sense of the word, which signifies the creation or the discovery of something. The author had been able to see and visualise this imaginary city, which is the first step for something to become real, as taught by Saint Anselm not long before, although in a different context. This city, conceived, created and designed by a woman born in Venice and raised in Paris from a very young age, was surprisingly not named after the author. She called it, simply but significantly, the City of Ladies, a powerful landmark within a decisive movement which helps to explain the history of Europe and our history up to the present day: the Querelle des Femmes (Complaint of Women), a revolutionary process which breaks away from the traditional accounts of patriarchal history. This movement focused on aspects and views ignored by the gentlemen who monopolized the various Truths which have been assumed and replicated by our culture. By systematically questioning the division of society in gender roles and its unfair hierarchy, it may be considered the first sign of feminism in the Western world. Augustine wrote The City of God to defend Christianity from pagan danger. Christine wrote The City of Ladies to defend women ( “to you, ladies, maidens, women of all conditions... those who have died, those who are still alive and those who will come in the future,” lib. 2 ch. LXIX ) from patriarchy.

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