Jordi Savall - and his ensembles
 


Hespèrion XX


 

Hespèrion XXI
and the Capella Reial de Catalunya



Le Concert des Nations
 


 

 

 

Discovering Jordi Savall

A few biographical markers:
- 1970-74: Collaboration with the "Ricercare Ensemble" founded in 1961 by Michel Piguet and Christopher Schmidt. Other collaborations: Trevor Pinock (English Concert), Gustav Leonhardt (La Petite Bande), William Christie (5 Centuries Ensemble) and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
- 1975: Fondation of Hespèrion XX in Basle, with Montserrat Figueras, Jordi Savall, Hopkinson Smith and Lorenzo Alpert
- 1975- 1986 : Associated with EMI - Electrola - Recordings in the collection "Reflexe - Stationen Europäischer Musik"
- 1987: Foundation of the Capella Reial in Barcelona (Spain)
- 1989: Foundation of the 'ensemble Le Concert des Nations, Paris (France)
- 1991: The Capella Reial becomes La Capella Reial de Catalunya
- 1991: Recording of the musical soundtrack  for the film "Tous les matins du monde" by Alain  Corneau.
- 2000: Hespèrion XX becomes Hespèrion XXI

Savall - and the production of records

"A record is not a copy of a concert. It is a quest for a state of grace, a perfection allowing the music to move across time without being erdode by it."

 

In an interview for Diapason (# 467, 02/2000) Alexandre Geoffroy reports Savall's point of view about the recording process. Savall says: " For me, it is an indispensable experience, complementary to the concert. In a concert, the listener communicates directly with a human being who is performing directly for him and is transmitting sensations, emotions, images that go well beyond the music. However success depends on many constraints such the acoustics of the hall or the attitude of the public: its openness, its availability, its capacity to experience a musical pleasure, in short the quality of attention are elements which the artist feels very deeply, even if he does not see the audience in the semi-darkness of the hall. In fact the reciprocity is total: if the musician is inspired, he will capture the attention of the public and in turn, if the audience is responding well, this will inspire the performer. With the recording process, we can move away from the constraints of the concert hall: it puts the listener in an ideal situation, better even than that of the conductor since the equilibrium between the various sections of the orchestra is better respecter, and it provides a more precise perception, very detailes of every musical inflection, of each instrument. It also allows the musicians to perform in a more detailed manner, more perfect, to find the eact equilibrium between detail and overall coherence. In the long process which begins with the search for a partition and it continued with the formation of an ensemble, the selection of appropriate instruments and the rehearsals, recording comes last. It is only then that I can expect going farthest with the technical aspect and the musical expression. However the search for an ideal interpretation must come to an end one day: it is a moment which is both painfull and liberating. Our only hope then is that in a month or in ten years' time, when listening  to the results, we will again find the emotions and the inspiration which guided us at the time, with all their animation and spontaneity."

 

Collaborations for various recordings - From 1970-1974
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Collaboration with the "Ricercare Ensemble" founded in 1961 by Michel Piguet and Christopher Schmidt.
Other collaborations: Trevor Pinock (English Concert), Gustav Leonhardt (La Petite Bande), William Christie (5 Centuries Ensemble) and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis

From the archives

Les débuts d'Hespèrion XX

The origins (1200-1700)


 

A set of 8 cd's issued initially in the "Reflexe" collection (LP's and CD's) by EMI. They were all reissued as part of the 10 sets (7 cd's per set ) that EMI released in the year 2000 ("Stationen Europïscher Musik").

By chronological order  :
(1)1975: El Barocco Español ("Tonos Humanos" und Instrumentalmusik um 1640-1700)
(2)1975: Musique de cour et chansons de l'époque des découvreurs 1492-553
(3)1975: Romances séfardim de l'époque d'avant l'expulsion des Juifs de l'Espagne 1492
(4)1977: Chansons des Trobairitz, vers 1200
(5)1978: Llibre Vermell de Montserrat - Un Pélérinage du XIVème siècle
(6)1983: Musique de la Renaissance à la cour de Naples, 1442-1556
(7)1983: Canciones y Danzas de España
(8)1983: Antonio de Cabezon (1510-1566), Instrumental works

 

Antonio de Cabazón :
Spanische Instrumentalmusik zur Zeit Karl V
(Intrumental Works by Antonio de Cabezón 1510-1566)
 
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Two other recordings were made by Hespèrion XX in that period for EMI.
They were also reissued by Virgin Veritas (2cd set) and as single cd's in the Reflexe collection

- 1978: Giovanni Gabrieli / Giuseppe Guami - Canzoni da Sonare - (EMI  Reflexe 26521)(Édition 2000)
- 1978: Samuel Scheidt - Ludi Musici (Prima pars) (EMI Reflexe 30 943) (Édition 2000)
- 1983: Johann Herman Schein - Banchetto Musicale / Cymbalum Sionium  - (EMI Reflexe 49224)
 




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Thematic collections
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La Folia (1490-1700)
Diego Ortiz, A. de Cabezon, J. del Enzina, A. Marin y Coll, A. Corelli, Marin Marais

Ninna Nanna
Ninna Nanna / Berceuses - Lullabies
(ca. 1500-2002)


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Ostinato
Musique de / Music by Falconiero, Marini, Merula, Ortiz, Pachelbel, Purcell, Rossi, Valente

 
 
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The Spanish repertoire
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Alfons V el Magnànim
La musique au temps d'Alphonse V / Music in the times of Alfons V
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Alfonso X - El Sabio
Cantigas de Santa Maria


Cabanilles, Joan
Battales, Tientos & Passacalles
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Cançons de la Catalunya mil-lenària
 
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Càrceres, Bartomeu
Anonymes, XVIe siècle -Villancicos & Ensaladas
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Carlos V
Mille Regretz:
La Canción del Emperador
(1459-1558)

Cererols, Joan
Messe pour les défunts (Missa pro defunctis / Missa da Batalla)

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Del Enzina, Juan
Romances et villancicos (Salamanca 1496)
   
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Diáspora Sefardí
Romances & Musica instrumental

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El Cancionero de la Colombina (1451-1506)
La musique au temps de Christophe Colomb / Music in the times of Christopher Columbus

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El Cancionero de Medinaceli (1535-1595)
La musique au temps de Philippe II / Music in the times of Philip II
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El Cancionero de Montecassino
(1396-1453)

La musique au temps d'Alphonse V / Music in the times of Alfons V
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El Cancionero de Palacio (1474-1516)
La musique à la cour des rois catholiques d'Espagne / Music at the court of the Catholic kings of Spain
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El Cançoner del Duc de Calabria (1526-1554)
La musique à la cour valencienne 
du duc de Calabre / Music at the Court of the Duke of Calabria in Valencia
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El Cant de la
Sibil-la I

Catalunya
 

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El Cant de la
Sibil-la

Galicia - Castilla

 

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El Cant de la
Sibil-la

(1400-1560)
Malorca - Valencia

Ensaladas
Flecha, Heredia, Arrauxo

Folias et Canarios
Oeuvres de / Works by: Cabezon, Mudarra, Cabanilles, etc.
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Guerrero, Francisco
Sacrae cantiones
(1555, 1570)
   
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Isabel I, Reina de Castilla

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Lope de Vega
Intermèdes du Baroque espagnol entre 1580 et 1630

Morales, Cristóbal de
Officium Defunctorum / Missa Pro Defunctis
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Victoria, Tómas Luis de
Cantica Beatae Virginis
 

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Vilancicos y Danzas Criollas
"De la Iberia antigua al nuevo mundo" -
(1550-1570)



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The English repertoire

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Dowland, John
Lacrimae or Seven Teares (1604)


 

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Elizabethan Consort Music, Vol.I (1558-1603)
Alberti, Parsons, Strogers, Taverner, White, Woodcock & Anonymes

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Elizabethan Consort Music, Vol. II (ca.1545 ? - 1602)
The teares of the Muses, (1599) - Pavans, Gaillards & Almains - Consort Music for Viols & Lutes

Ferrabosco, Alfonso - the younger
Consort Music for viols in 4, 5 & 6 Parts

 
 
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Hume, Tobias (Captain)
Poeticall musicke
 (1605-07)
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Jenkins, John
Consort Music for Viols


Lawes, William
Consort Sets in Five & Six parts

Locke, Matthew
Consort of Fower Parts, Suites I à VI
 
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Purcell, Henry
The Fairy Queen, Dioclesian or The Prophetess (Orchestral Suites / Suites d'orchestre)
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Purcell, Henry
Fantasias for the Viols
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Tye, Christopher
Lawdes Deo, Complete Consort Musicke set for viols
 

 
   
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The German repertoire
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Bach, Johann Sebastian
Concertos brandebourgeois, BWV 1046-51
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Bach, Johann Sebastian
Die Kunst der Fuge/
L'art de la fugue/ The Art of the Fugue  BWV 1080

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Bach, Johan Sebastian
Musikalisches Opfer - L'Offrande musicale / A Musical Offering
BWV 1079
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Bach, Johan Sebastian
Quatre ouvertures (Suites pour orchestre, BWV 1066-69
 
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Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz
Missa Bruxellensis


Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz
Battalia à 10
Requiem à 15 in Concerto

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Brade, William
Hamburger Ratsmusik / Consort Music, c.1600 / Musique civile de la ville de Hambourg vers 1600: recueils de 1609 et 1614
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Haendel, Georg Friedrich
Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks
 
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Hammerschmidt, Andreas
4 Suites tirées du recueil "Erster Fleiss"
(1636-1639)
Four Suites from "Erster Fleiss"

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Haydn, Franz Joseph
Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross / Les Sept Dernières Paroles de Notre Rédempteur sur la Croix
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Rosenmüller, Johann
Sonata da camera e Sinfonie

 
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Scheidt, Samuel
Ludi Musici - Hamburg 1621

 
 
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The French repertoire


Charpentier, Marc-Antoine
Canticum ad beatam virginem Mariam

Couperin, François
Les Nations (1726)
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Couperin, François
Les Apothéoses (1724/25)

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Du Caurroy, Eustache
23 fantaisies à 2, 3, 5 et 6 parties




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Dumanoir, Guillaume et al.
Suites d'orchestre
(1650-60)


L'Orchestre de
 Louis XIII

(1601-1643)
L'Orchestre de Louis XIII

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Lully, Jean-Baptiste
L'Orchestre du Roi Soleil

Symphonies, Ouvertures & Airs à jouer
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Marais, Marin
Alcione - Suite des Airs à joüer (1706)
 
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Musicque de Ioye
(circa 1550)
Recueil / Collection



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Music from the Italian peninsula
Claudio Monteverdi - L'Orfeo
Monteverdi, Claudio
L'Orfeo: Favola in Musica (1607)
 
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Monteverdi, Claudio
Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi, Libro Ottavo
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Monteverdi, Claudio
Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)

 

Vivaldi, Antonio
Farnace

 

Alia Vox 9835
La Viola da gamba in Concerto (Viole e Violoncello "all'Inglese")
   
   
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Beyond the Baroque

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Arriaga, Juan Crisóstomo
Symphonie à grand orchestre en ré /  Los esclavos felices Ouverture: "Nonetto"
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Beethoven, Ludvig van
Symphonie no. 3, op. 62, Ouverture "Coriolan"
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Martin i Soler, Vicent
Una cosa rara (Ossia belleza ed onestà) / Opera /Libretto: L. da Ponte
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Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Requiem, KV626 / Maurerische Trauermusik, KV477
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Jordi Savall en 5 thèmes:

1) Savall - le violiste
2) Savall - le chef
3) Savall - l'entrepreneur
4) Savall - l'humaniste
5) Savall - pédagogue et chef de file


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Jordi Savall under 5 themes:

1) Savall - as violist
2) Savall - as conductor
3) Savall - as entrepreneur
4) Savall - as a humanist
5) Savall - as a pedagogue and figurehead

 


 


 


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