Jordi Savall was born in Igualada in 1941. At the age of six, he started his musical formation in the school choir of his native city (1947-55). He later completed his formation at the Barcelona Conservatory of Music (cello 1959-65).

Immediately afterwards he began his training in ancient music, collaborating with Ars Musicae and studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland (1968-70). In 1974, with his wife, the soprano Montserrat Figueras, and other musicians from different countries, he created Hesperion XX. With this ensemble, he rapidly came to the forefront of the interpretation of medieval, Renaissance and baroque music, and created a new style of interpretation, characterized by great musical vitality and the same time maximum historical fidelity. After living in Switzerland for twenty years, he returned to Barcelona to found La Capela Reial de Catalunya, an ensemble dedicated to the interpretation of vocal music prior to the year 1800. Finally, in 1989 he created the baroque and classic orchestra. Le Concert des Nations. Unanimously recognized as one of the main present day interpreters of the bass viol, during these last twenty years Jordi Savall has carried out an intense activity as a concert performer and director. He has made more than 100 recordings and won numerous distinctions such as the "Grand Prix de I'AcadEmie du Disque Lyrique" 1990. In 1988, he was designated Officer of the "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" by the French Minister of Culture. In 1990, the Generalitat of Catalunya awarded him the Creu de Sant Jordi.

Since 1973, he has been a teacher at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. His work in teaching, research and as a concert performer makes him one of the main figures in the process of revaluation of historical music which is happening in Europe during these years.

from Auvidis Records



JODI SAVALL, the most celebrated viola da gambist in the world and musicians from HESPERION XX and LA CAPELLA REIAL CATALUNYA make their long-awaited Australian debut. His sound track for "Tous le matins du Monde", a film on French composer Marin Marais, starring Gérard Depardieu, brought SAVALL international recognition and sold over half a million copies worldwide. For the Telstra Adelaide Festival 96, singer Montserrat Figueras and members of his two ensembles will perform an intoxicating concert of 17th century Spanish and Italian music. SAVALL will also present his only solo recital in Australia during the 1996 Festival in the inspiring surroundings of St Peter's Cathedral.

Jordi Savall (b.1941) is a viol player & conductor from Catalunya. He has been one of the major figures in Early Music since the 1970s, and has been a major exponent of solo viola da gamba performance as well as various innovative approaches to ensemble. His repertory ranges from the medieval era to the French baroque and beyond. In the early music newsgroup, Savall is so popular, he is often referred to as God. In fact, this is something of an "in" joke there. Savall's popularity really took off with the movie Tous les matins du monde, although he was well-known to viola da gamba enthusiasts prior to that.

"I rarely discuss perfection in music. I have no qualms about this with members of Hesperion XX, this is the embodiment of musical perfection."
THE BOSTON GLOBE



Unanimously recognized as one of the most important performers of ancient music at the present time, Jordi Savall is amply one of the most multi-faceted musical personalities of his generation: viol player, conductor, and creator of an unmistakable style, his concerts, pedagogical and research activities place him among the main architects of the present process of revaluation of historical music.


Discography

Alfonso X El Sabio: Cantigas de Santa Maria Strela do dia
La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8508 Arriaga: Symphony in D Les Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8532 J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos (BWV 1046-51) Hespèrion XX / La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8737 (2 CDs) J.S. Bach: The Four Overtures (BWV 1066-69) Hespèrion XX / La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8727 (2 CDs) J.S. Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (BWV 1080) Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 2001 (2 CDs) J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Flute & Harpsichord Rampal / Savall / Marion / Veyron-Lacroix
Erato 45830 J.S. Bach: Flute Sonatas Stephen Preston / Trevor Pinnock / Jordi Savall
CRD 3314/5 (2 CDs) J.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord BWV 1027-29
Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman
Virgin Veritas Edition 61291 Michel de la Barre: Pieces pour la flute traversiere, 1710 Stephen Preston / Jordi Savall / Blandine Verlet / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 7786 Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 8557 Brade: Consort Music Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77168 Cabanilles: Batalles, Tientos & Passacalles Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Alia Vox 9801 Caccini: Le Nuove Musiche Montserrat Figueras / Hopkinson Smith / Jordi Savall / Xenia Schindler / Schola Cantorum Basiliensis
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77164 Louis de Caix d'Hervelois: Pièces de Viole Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Ariane Maurette / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 7767 Bartomeu Càrceres / Anonymes XVIe siècle - Villancicos & Ensaladas Montserrat Figueras / La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8723 Eustache du Caurroy: 23 Fantasies a 2, 3, 5 et 6 parties Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 7749 Cererols: Missa Pro Defunctis / Missa de Batalla La Capella Reial - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8704 Charpentier: Canticum ad Beatam Virginem Mariam Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8713 Coprario: Consort Musicke Jordi Savall / Christophe Coin / Sergi Casademunt
Astrée 7779 Couperin: Les Nations (1726) Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 7700 (2 CDs) Couperin: Les Apothéoses (1724/25) Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 7709 Couperin: Pièces de Viole Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Arian Mauriette
Astrée 7744 Dowland: Lachrimae or Seven Teares (1604) Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8701 Robert Dowland: A musicall banquet (1610) Nigel Rogers / Anthony Bailes / Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 30 934 (LP) Dumanoir / Mazuel / De la Voye Suites d'Orchestre, 1650-1660
Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9908 Juan del Enzina: Romances & Villancicos (Salamanca 1496)
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8707 Forqueray: Pièces de Viole Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Christophe Coin
Astrée 7762 Gabrieli / Guami: Canzoni da Sonare Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 63141 Gibbons: Fantaisies Royales Jordi Savall / Christophe Coin / Sergi Casademunt / Johannes Sonnleitner
Astrée 7747 Guerrero: Sacrae Cantiones (1555, 1570) La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8766 Haendel: Water Music / Music for the Royal Fireworks Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8512 Hammerschmidt: Vier Suiten aus "Erster Fleiss" Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Ars Musici1170 Haydn: Seven Last Words of Our Savior on the Cross (orchestral version) Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8739 Hume: Musicall Humors Jordi Savall
Astrée 7723 Hume: Poeticall musicke (1605/07) Figueras / Hillier / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77165 Jenkins: Consort Music in Six Parts Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8724 Locke: Consort of Fower Parts Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8519 De Machy: Pièces de Violle (1685) Jordi Savall
Astrée 7746 Marais: Alcione Suites des Airs à Joüer
Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8525 Marais: Pièces à Deux Violes du 1er Livre Jordi Savall / Christophe Coin / Ton Koopman / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 7769 Marais: Pièces de Viole du 2e Livre Jordi Savall / Anne Gallet / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 7770 Marais: Pièces de Viole du 3e Livre (1711) Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 8761 Marais: Pièces de Viole du 4e Livre (1717) Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 7727 Marais: Pièces de Viole du 5e Livre (1725) Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 7708 Vicent Martin i Soler: Una Cosa Rara Opera in 2 acts, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte
Maria-Angela Peters, Montseerrat Figueras, Gloria Fabuel, Ernesto Palacio, Iñaki Fresán, Fernando Belaza-Leoz, Stefano Palatchi, Francesc Garrigosa / La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8760 (3 CDs) Merula: Arie e Capricci a Voce Sola Montserrat Figueras / Jean-Pierre Canihac / Ton Koopman / Andrew Lawrence-King / Rolf Lislevand / Lorenz Duftschmid / Jordi Savall
Astrée 8503 Lluís del Milà: Fantasies, Pavanes & Gallardes Jordi Savall, Andrew Lawrence-King, et al.
Astrée 8535 Monteverdi: Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi Libro Ottavo
La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8546 Monteverdi: Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610) La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Coro del Centro Musica Antiqua di Padova - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8719 (2 CDs) Morales: Officium Defunctorum / Missa Pro Defunctis La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8765 Mozart: Requiem K626 / Maurerische Trauermusik k477 Montserrat Figueras, Claudia Schubert, Gerd Türk, Stephan Schreckenberger / Capella Reial de Catalunya / Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8759 Mozart: Requiem Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9915 Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas (1535) Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman / Lorenz Duftschmid / Rolf Lislevand / Paolo Pandolfo / Andrew Lawrence-King
Astrée 8717 Purcell: The Fairy Queen / Prophetess Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 8583 Purcell: Fantasias for the Viols Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8536 Rosenmüller: Sonata da Camera and Sinfonie Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8709 Sainte-Colombe: Concerts à Deux Violes Egales Wieland Kuijken / Jordi Savall
Astrée 7729 Sainte-Colombe: Concerts à Deux Violes Egales (II) Jordi Savall / Wieland Kuijken
Astrée 8743 Samuel Scheidt: Ludi Musici (1622/27) Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 63067 Scheidt: Ludi Musici Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 8559 Schein: Banchetto musicale Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 49224 Tye: Lawdes Deo, Complete Consort Musicke Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8708 Victoria: Cantica Beatae Virginis La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8767

Original Collections

El Barroco Español Hespèrion XX
Emi Reflexe 63418 Battaglie e lamenti Schlacht und Klage Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
DG Archiv 2533 468 (LP) El Cancionero de la Colombina (1451-1506): Música en el tiempo de Cristóbal Colón Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8763 El Cancionero de Medinaceli (1516-1556): Música en el tiempo de Carlos V Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8764 El Cancionero de Palacio (1474-1516): Música en la corte de los Reyes Católicos Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8762 Canciones y Danzas de España Songs and Dances from the Time of Cervantes (1547-1616)
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 63145 El Cançoner del Duc de Calabria La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8582 Cançons de la Catalunya millenària Planys & Llegendes
Montserrat Figueras / La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8758 Cansós de Trobairitz Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Virgin Edition 61310 Cant de la Sibilla Montserrat Figueras / La Capella Reial - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8705 El cant de la Sibil.la Mallorca - València, 1400-1560
Montserrat Figueras / La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Alia Vox 9806 Canti amorosi Nigel Rogers / Colin Tilney / Anthony Bailes / Jordi Savall / Pere Ros
DG Archiv 2533 305 (LP) El Canto de la Sibila Galicia-Castilla Montserrat Figueras / La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9900 Elizabethan Consort Music, 1558-1603 Alberti / Parsons / Strogers / Taverner / White / Woodcock
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Alia Vox 9804 Ensaladas - Flecha Heredia Arrauxo Hespèrion XX / Studio musicae Valencia - Jordi Savall
Astrée 7742 La Folia, 1490-1701 Corelli, Marais, Martín y Coll, Ortiz, etc.
Jordi Savall et al.
Alia Vox 9805 Folias and Canarios Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8516 Die Instrumentalvariation in der Spanischen Renaissancemusik Ricercare-Ensemble für Alte Musik, Zurich - Michel Piquet / Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 063-30116 (LP) Italienische und englische barock Musik für Blockflöte Conrad Steinmann / Jordi Savall / Hopkinson Smith
Claves 615 (LP) Lessons for the Lyra-Violl Ferrabosco / Corkine / Anon
Jordi Savall
Astrée 7750 La Lira d'Espéria - The Medieval Fiddle Jordi Savall / Pedro Estevan
Astrée 8547 Llibre Vermell de Montserrat Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Virgin Edition 61174 Lope de Vega - Intermedios del Barroco Hispánico (1580-1680) Montserrat Figueras / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8729 Le Moyen Age Catalan De l'Art Roman à la Renaissance
Ensemble Ars Musicæ de Barcelona - Enric Gispert
Harmonia Mundi musique d'abord 190051 Music for guitar and harpsichord John Williams / Rafael Puyana / Jordi Savall
Columbia 31194 (LP) Musica barroca española Montserrat Figueras / Janneke van der Meer / Pere Ros / Jordi Savall / Ton Koopman
Philips 432 822 Musicque de Ioye (1550) Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 7724 The Punckes delight and other seventeenth century English music for viol and keyboard Trevor Pinnock / Jordi Savall
Argo ZK 37 (LP) Virtouse Verzierungskunst um 1600 Montserrat Figueras / René Jacobs / Jordi Savall / Schola Cantorum Basiliensis et al.
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 165-99 895/6 (2 LPs) Viva rey Ferrando Renaissance music from the Neapolitan Court, 1442-1556
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Virgin Edition 61222 Les Voix Humaines Abel / Bach / Marais / Sainte-Colombe
Jordi Savall
Alia Vox 9803 Weltliche Musik im Christlichen und Jüdischen Spanien Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Emi Reflexe 63431 (2 CDs)

Other compilations, etc....

Ars Musicae Portrait of Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall et al.
Auvidis Fontalis 9910 (2 CDs) Baroque to pre-Romanticism Le Concert des Nations - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9903 España - Anthologie de la musique español Savall et al.
Astrée 8500 España: XVe - XXe Six Centuries of Spanish Music
Savall et al.
Astrée 8600 (7 CDs) España Antiqua Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Virgin Edition 61179 Jeanne la Pucelle Original Soundtrack
Hespèrion XX / Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Travelling Records 1006 Marais: Pièces de Viole, Livres I à V Jordi Savall w/ Ton Koopman, Hopkinson Smith, Christophe Coin, Anne Gallet
Astrée 8505 (5 CDs) Meslanges Royaux Jordi Savall et al.
Auvidis Fontalis 9914 (2 CDs) Montserrat Figueras - La Voix de l'émotion Montserrat Figueras / La Capella Reial de Catalunya / Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9901 Moyen âge & renaissance Hespèrion XX
Auvidis Fontalis 9904 La musique au temps des Castrats Gluck / Vivaldi / Allegri / Charpentier / Broschi
Savall et al.
Astrée 8552 La Musique au temps de Marin Marais Un Concert Baroque sous Louis XIV
Savall et al.
Valois 4681 Offertorium La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9906 Spirit of Gambo Jordi Savall et al.
Auvidis Fontalis 9913 Tous les matins du Monde Marais - Sainte Colombe - Couperin - Lully
Coin / Figueras / Hantaï / Biondi / Savall ...
Valois 4640 Vingt Ans de Hespèrion XX Savall et al.
Astrée 8522 Vox Aeterna La Capella Reial de Catalunya - Jordi Savall
Auvidis Fontalis 9902 (2 CDs)
Marin Marais
Sainte Colombe
J. S. Bach
Viola da Gamba
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