Recital – Gamba

Jordi Savall

«Les voix humaines»

Wed, 16104

Franciscan Church

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

12.03.-20.03. 2016



    Jordi Savall  viola da gamba

    “Les Voix humaines”
    Works for solo gamba by Carl Friedrich Abel, Johannes Schenck, Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe, Johann Sebastian Bach, Le Sieur de Machy, Marin Marais, Tobias Hume, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Thomas Ford, and John Playford, and from the collection The Lancashire Pipes

    For Jordi Savall it was an early love: “It must have been around 1959 when I first became aware of the existence of the viola da gamba and became acquainted with it through the Pièces de viole by Marin Marais. At the time I was 17, had been studying cello for two years, and was constantly on the lookout for unknown works that no one played any-more.” He has remained loyal to his passion for this long-forgotten instrument over the more than five decades spanned by his career. Indeed, Savall successively expanded his spectrum, as when he came across the collection The Lancashire Pipes in the 1970s. Its folklike pieces for gamba from the 17th century seem to imitate the bagpipes: “Here the roots of very old Celtic music are still palpable. They must have been handed down orally over the centuries,” observes Savall. For his solo recital he will undertake a roundtrip through European music for gamba, bringing human voices from a wide variety of traditions to life.

    Jordi Savall

    Conductor, gambist, and music researcher Jordi Savall is appearing at the 2016 Easter Festival as artist-in-residence in three events: a world music-inspired “Dialogue of Souls,” a solo recital, and a concert of Baroque choral music. Born in 1941 in Igualada (Catalonia), he initially studied cello in Barcelona before training on the viola da gamba with August Wenzinger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Together with his late wife, Montserrat Figueras, who died in 2011, he founded the Ensemble Hespèrion XX (today known as Hespèrion XXI) in 1974, which is above all devoted to the early music of Spain and the Mediterranean. He founded the vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya in 1987 and, in 1989, its orchestral counterpart, Le Concert des Nations. Jordi Savall is responsible for numerous rediscoveries, from Sephardic romances to operas by Vicente Martín y Soler – unjustly neglected musical treasures that he has presented anew to an audience of millions. Some 140 performances each year take him around the globe. Savall is also known to a still wider public through the film Tous les matins du monde, about the life of the gambist Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe; for the soundtrack he won the César Award. To date Jordi Savall has released more than 230 recordings; these have garnered such awards as the Grammy Award, the Cannes Classical Award, and the International Classical Music Award; since 1998 his CDs have appeared on his own label, Alia Vox, mostly accompanied by lavishly illustrated small books. Jordi Savall has earned numerous honorary doctorates, is a European Union Ambassador for intercultural dialogue, and has been named a UNESCO “Artist for Peace.” He won the Handel Music Prize from the city of Halle in 2009, the International Peace Music Award in 2010, and the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2012.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1992 mit dem Ensemble Hespèrion XX und spanischer Musik des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts.

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