Jordi Savall

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Jordi Savall
Savall in 2016
Savall in 2016
Background information
Birth nameJordi Savall i Bernadet
Born (1941-08-01) 1 August 1941 (age 79)
Igualada, Barcelona, Spain
GenresClassical, western early music
Occupation(s)Conductor, gambist, composer
InstrumentsViola da gamba, viola da braccio
LabelsEMI Classics, Astrée, Alia Vox
Websitewww.alia-vox.com

Jordi Savall i Bernadet (Catalan: [ˈʒɔɾði səˈβaʎ i βəɾnəˈðɛt]; born 1 August 1941) is a Catalan conductor and viol player. He has been one of the major figures in the field of Western early music since the 1970s, largely responsible for popularizing the viol family of instruments (notably the viola da gamba) in contemporary performance and recording. As a historian of early music his repertoire features everything from medieval, Renaissance and Baroque through to the Classical and Romantic periods. He has incorporated non-western musical traditions in his work; including African vernacular music.

Musical education[edit]

His musical training started at age six in the school choir of his native Igualada (1947–55). After graduating from the Barcelona's Conservatory of Music (where he studied from 1959 to 1965) he specialized in early music, collaborating with Ars Musicae de Barcelona under Enric Gispert, studying with August Wenzinger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland (1968–70) and eventually succeeding Wenzinger in 1974 as professor of viola da gamba at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Ensembles[edit]

Savall rehearsing for the creation of Les routes de l'esclavage for Festival Agapé at Geneva Cathedral, June 2015

In 1974 he formed the ensemble Hespèrion XX (known since 2000 as Hespèrion XXI), together with his wife soprano Montserrat Figueras, Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith. Hespèrion XX favored a style of interpretation characterized simultaneously by great musical vitality and maximum historical accuracy.

In 1987 he returned to Barcelona to found La Capella Reial de Catalunya, a vocal ensemble devoted to pre-eighteenth-century music.

In 1989 he founded Le Concert des Nations, an orchestra generally emphasizing Baroque period, but sometimes also Classical and even Romantic music such as, for example, Sinfonía [por] Grande Orquesta by Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga) (1806–1826).

More recently Savall has performed with family members. The family ensemble has included his wife Montserrat Figueras (who died in 2011) and their two children, Arianna and Ferran. Arianna plays the harp and sings, like her mother; Ferran plays the theorbo (bass lute) and sings, not only with his family but also in Barcelona jazz clubs.[1]

Savall has incorporated non-western musical traditions in his work; including African vernacular music in Les Routes De L’Esclavage or The Routes of Slavery (2017).[2]

Recordings[edit]

Savall's discography includes more than 100 recordings. Originally recording with EMI Classics, and then from 1975 on Michel Bernstein's Astrée label, since 1998 he has recorded on his own label, Alia Vox.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

Discography with Alia Vox[edit]

Full discography as published on Alia Vox website:[8]

  • 1998 – Joan Cabanilles (AV9801)
  • 1998 – José Marín (AVSA9802)
  • 1998 – Les Voix Humaines (AV9803)
  • 1998 – Elizabethan Consort Music 1558 – 1603 (AV9804)
  • 1998 – La Folia 1490- 1701 (AVSA9805)
  • 1999 – El Cant de la Sibil·la (AVSA9806)
  • 1999 – Jean-Baptiste Lully (AVSA9807)
  • 1999 Missa Bruxellensis – Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (AV9808)
  • 1999 – Diaspora Sefardi (AV9809)
  • 2000 – La Barcha d'Amore (AV9811)
  • 2000 Die Sonaten für Viola da Gamba und Cembalo (with Ton Koopman) – J.S. Bach (AV9812)
  • 2000 – The Teares of the Muses. Anthony Holborne (AV9813)
  • 2000 – Carlos V. La Canción del Emperador (AVSA9814)
  • 2000 – Battaglie & Lamenti (1396–1458) (AV9815)
  • 2001 – Alfons V El Magnànim (AV9816)
  • 2001 – Harmonie Universelle (AV9810
  • 2001 – Johann Sebastian Bach (AV9817)
  • 2001 Musikalisches Opfer- J.S. Bach (AVSA9818)
  • 2001 Die Kunst der Fuge- J.S. Bach (AV9819)
  • 2001 – Ostinato (AV9820)
  • 2001 – Tous les Matins du Monde (AVSA9821)
  • 2002 – Farnace. Antonio Vivaldi AV9822)
  • 2002 – William Lawes (AV9823)
  • 2002 – L'Orchestre de Louis XIII (1601- 1643) (AV9824)
  • 2002 – Henrich Ignaz Franz Biber (AV9825)
  • 2002 – Ninna Nanna (AV9826)
  • 2003 – Monsieur de Sainte Colombe le Fils (AV9827)
  • 2003 – Le Parnasse de la viole (AV9829)
  • 2003 – Pièces de Viole du Second Livre. Marin Marais (AV9828)
  • 2003 – Bella Terra (AV9833)
  • 2003 – Entremeses del siglo de oro (1550- 1650) (AVSA9831)
  • 2003 – Alfonso Ferrabosco The Younger (AV9832)
  • 2003 – Villancicos y Danzas Criollas (AV9834)
  • 2003 – La Viola da Gama in Concerto- Antonio Vivaldi (AV9835)
  • 2004 – Homenatge al Misteri d'Elx. La Vespra (AV9836)
  • 2004 – Musicall Humors. Tobias Hume (AV9837)
  • 2004 – Isabel I. Reina de Castilla (AVSA9838)2004 – Harmonie Universelle II (AV9839)
  • 2005 – Les Concerts Royaux. François Couperin (AVSA9840)
  • 2005 – Du temps & de l'instant (AVSA9841)
  • 2005 – Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles (AV9842)
  • 2005 – Don Quijote de la Mancha (AVSA9843)
  • 2005 – Altre Follie (AVSA9844)
  • 2005 – La Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid. Luigi Boccherini (AVSA9845)
  • 2006 – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (AVSA9846)
  • 2006 – Lux Feminæ (AVSA9847)
  • 2006 – Orient – Occident (AVSA9848)
  • 2006 – Metamorphoses Fidei (AV9849)
  • 2006 – Marin Marais Suitte d’un Goût Etranger (AVSA9851)
  • 2006 – Christophorus Columbus (AVSA9850)
  • 2007 – Lachrimae Caravaggio (AVSA9852)
  • 2007 – Ludi Musici (AV9853)
  • 2007 – Septem Verba Christi in Cruce. Joseph Haydn (AVSA9854)2007 – Claudio Monteverdi (AVSA9855)
  • 2007 – Francisco Javier – The Route to the Orient (AVSA9856)
  • 2008 – Estampies & Danses Royales (AVSA9857)
  • 2008 – Fantasias for the Viols. Henry Purcell (AVSA9859)
  • 2008 – Water Music. Georg Friederich Haendel (AVSA9860)
  • 2008 – Invocation a la nuit (AV9861)
  • 2008 – Su la Cetra Amorosa. Tarquinio Merula (AVSA9862)
  • 2008 – Mireu el nostre mar (AV9858)
  • 2008 – Jérusalem (AVSA9863)
  • 2009 – Ministriles Royales. Ménestrels royales – Royal Minstrels (AVSA9864A+B)
  • 2009 – The Celtic Viol – La Viole Celtique (AVSA9865)
  • 2009 – The Fairy Queen. The Prophetess. Henry Purcell (1659- 1695) (AVSA9866)
  • 2009 – Maestros del Siglo de Oro (AVSA9867)
  • 2009 – Peiwoh (AV9869)
  • 2009 – Istanbul. Dimitrie Cantemir (AVSA9870)
  • 2009 – Septem Verba Christ in Cruce. Joseph Haydn (CD/DVD) (AVDVD9868)
  • 2009 – Le Royaumé Oublié (AVSA9873)
  • 2010 The Brandenbourgh Concertos – JS. Bach (AVSA9871)
  • 2010 – El Nuevo Mundo (AVSA9876)
  • 2010 – Le Concert Spirituel. Corelli. Telemann. Rameau (AVSA9877)
  • 2010 – The Celtic Viol II. Treble Viol & Lyra Viol (AVSA9878)
  • 2010 – Dinastia Borgia (AVSA9875)
  • 2010 – Pièces de Viole des Cinq Livres. Marin Marais (AVSA9872)
  • 2011 – Requiem. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (AVSA9880)
  • 2011 – El Cant de la Sibil·la a Catalunya (AVSA9879)
  • 2011 – Cançons de la Catalunya Mil·lenària. Planys & Llegendes (AVSA9881)
  • 2011 – L'orquestre de Louis XV. Jean- Philippe Rameau (AVSA9882)
  • 2011 – Hispania & Japan (AVSA9883)
  • 2011 – Aria e Lamenti. Madrigali. Claudio Monteverdi (AVSA9884)
  • 2011 – Concerts à Deux Violes Esgales. Sieur de Sainte- Colombe (AVSA9885)
  • 2011 – La Sublime Porte (AVSA9887)
  • 2011 – Mare Nostrum (AVSA9888)
  • 2012 – La Voix de l'Emotion. Montserrat Figueras (AVSA9889)
  • 2012 – Les Quatre Ouvertures. J.S Bach (AVSA9890)
  • 2012 – Jeanne D'Arc (AVSA9891)
  • 2012 – Ésprit D'Arménie. Armenian Spirit (AVSA9892)
  • 2012 – Pièces de Violes 1728. François Couperin (AVSA9893)
  • 2012 – Pro·Pacem AVSA9894)
  • 2013 – Messe en Si Mineur . J.S. Bach (AVDVD9896A)
  • 2013 – Erasmus (AVSA9895)
  • 2013 – 25 anys Capella Reial de Catalunya. 25 años La Capella Reial de Catalunya. (AVSA9897)
  • 2013 – Esprit des Balkans/Balkan Spirit (AVSA9898)
  • 2013 – Recercadas del Tratado de Golsas. Diego de Ortiz ( AVSA9899)
  • 2013 – Orient- Occident II ( AVSA9900)
  • 2013 – Lachrimae or Seven Teares. John Dowland (AVSA9901)
  • 2013 – Bal·Kan: Miel & Sang (AVSA9902)
  • 2014 – Alcyone. Marin Marais (AVSA9903)
  • 2014 – The Voice of Emotion II. Montserrat Figueras (AVDVD9904)
  • 2014 – Marc-Antoine Charpentier à la Chapelle Royale de Versailles (AVDVD9905)
  • 2014 – La Lira d'Esperia II. Galicia (AVSA9907)
  • 2014 – Magnificat and Concerti. Antonio Vivaldi. Johann Sebastian Bach (AVSA9909D)
  • 2015 – War and Peace. 1614- 1714 (AVSA9908)
  • 2015 – Euskel Antiqva (AV9910)
  • 2015 – L'Orfeo. Claudio Monteverdi (AVSA9911)
  • 2015 – Baroque Splendor. Henrich Ignaz Franz Biber (AVSA9912)
  • 2015 – Les Éléments (AVSA9914)
  • 2016 – Simfonía Eroica. Ludwig van Beethoven. AVSA9916)
  • 2016 – Marquise (AV9701)
  • 2016 – Ramon Llull 1232 · 1316 (AVSA9917)
  • 2016 – Granada 1013- 1502 (AVSA9915)
  • 2016 – Dixit Dominus. (AVSA9918)
  • 2016 – Llibre Vermell de Montserrat (AVSA9919)
  • 2017 – Les Routes de l’Esclavage (AVSA9920)
  • 2017 – Henricus Isaac (AVSA9922)
  • 2017 – Cantigas de Santa Maria (AVSA9923)
  • 2017 – In Excelsis Deo (AVSA9924)
  • 2017 – Venezia Millenaria (AVSA9925)
  • 2018 – Musica Nova (AVSA9926)
  • 2018 – Bailar Cantando (AVSA9927)
  • 2018 – Les Nations – François Couperin (AVSA9928)
  • 2018 – Henry Desmarest, Messe à 2 Choeurs et 2 Orchestres, Francesc Walls, Missa Scala Aretina

Filmography[edit]

Savall adapted and performed music for the 1991 Alain Corneau film Tous les matins du monde about composers Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais. His work on this film earned him a César award from the French film industry in 1992. The soundtrack has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

He has composed music for the following films:

In popular culture[edit]

  • Savall and his wife are characters in a 2009 work of fiction, Sır (Secret), by Turkish writer Enis Batur. The plot includes a surprise birthday party for Jordi Savall.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex Ross, "The King of Spain: Jordi Savall at the Metropolitan Museum", The New Yorker, 2 May 2005.
  2. ^ "Jordi Savall Explores the Musical Legacy of 'The Routes of Slavery'". KQED. 3 November 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Alia Vox – Alia Vox". Alia-vox.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Catalogue – Alia Vox". Alia-vox.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ Léonie Sonning Music Foundation official website Archived 26 May 2002 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Jordi Savall rep les insígnies de Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, prestigiosa distinció que atorga el govern francès". Acn.cat. Archived from the original on 28 June 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  7. ^ Clive Paget (31 October 2014). "Jordi Savall lambasts government as he refuses National Music Award". Limelight. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Jordi Savall, Montserrat Figueras, Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Arianna Savall". ALIA VOX (in Spanish). Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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