Jordi Savall

Biography

Born: 1941   Country: Spain  
Jordi Savall is among the leading instrumentalists and conductors of the European early music scene, specializing in Renaissance and Medieval music. He began studying music when he was six, learning cello and pursuing that instrument at the Barcelona Conservatory. He took an interest in early music, and began learning the viola da gamba. Savall also gained proficiency in the various members of the viola family. He studied the gamba and early Read more music research and practice with Wieland Kuijken in Brussels and August Wenziger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, obtaining a diploma as soloist and professor in 1970. In 1973 he succeeded to Wenziger's position.
In 1968 Savall married the soprano Montserrat Figueras, who shared his interest in early music. With Figueras and other musicians interested in early Spanish music, he founded in 1974 the ensemble Hespèrion XX. The ensemble took its name from an ancient name for the western European region from Italy to Iberia; Hespèrion was also a name for Venus as the Evening Star (in which aspect it appears only in the western skies).
Savall and Hespèrion XX quickly became well known in early music circles. They created a unique sound through the use of viols and other Medieval instruments such as the psaltery, wooden flutes, Moroccan drums, and the Afghan rebec (a double reed ancestor of the oboe). All these instrument are known to have been used by Medieval musicians, particularly in the Mediterranean region.
Savall became internationally known through his playing on the soundtrack of Alain Corneau's film Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World), concerning the French viol players of the Baroque era. Savall has extended his area of musical interest into the Baroque, leading performances of Orfeo by Monteverdi and Il burbero de Buion Cuore by Martin y Soler, and in the late 1990s conducted Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony with Les Concerts des Nations (a group he founded in 1989 for Baroque music), winning praise for his well-researched and groundbreaking interpretation. He also founded Le Capella Reial de Catalunya in 1987, an ensemble of instrumentalists and vocal soloists.
Savall has recorded around 100 releases. To 1996, most of Savall's recordings appeared on the Astrée Auvidis label, but this legacy became part of Naïve after Astrée was sold to them in 2001. In 1996, Savall introduced his own AliaVox label with a disc of Juan Cabanilles that has served as the platform for his recordings ever since. Savall has also taken advantage of his celebrity through traveling as a touring artist throughout the world with all three of his actively performing groups. Read less
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  • 1.
    Llull: Temps de conquestes, de dialeg I desconhort / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9915 Release Date: 07/15/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Raimon de Miraval,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Ney] Haig [Duduk Sarikouyoumdjiam,  Jordi Savall,  Moslem Rahal,  Dimitris Psonis  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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  • 2.
    Guerre & Paix, 1614-1714 / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9908 Release Date: 03/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Turkish Anonymous,  Moyshe Oysher,  Samuel Scheidt  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Marianne Beate Kielland,  Christoph Irmer,  Hanna Bayodi-Hirt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Bal-kan: Honey & Blood - Cycles of Life / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9902 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jordi Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    Pro Pacem - Textes, Art & Musiques pour la Paix / Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9894 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gilles Binchois,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
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    Jeanne d'Arc - Batailles & Prisons / Figueras, Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9891 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Spoken Word,  Josquin Des Préz,  Guillaume Dufay  ... 
    Performer:  Armin Janda,  Rolf Lislevand,  Francis Biggi,  Luca Guglielmi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    Dinastia Borja - The Borgia Dynasty / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9874 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Various,  Traditional Arabic-Andalu,  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Bertin,  Lluis Vilamajó,  Montserrat Figueras,  Furio Zanasi  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Istanbul - Dimitrie Cantemir / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9870 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional
    Performer:  Jordi Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    Francisco Javier - The Route Of The Orient / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9856 Release Date: 01/08/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  John Lloyd,  Traditional,  Cristóbal de Morales  ... 
    Performer:  Sergi Casademunt,  Fahmi Alqhai,  Jordi Savall,  Hiroyuki Koinuma  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Lahoucine Baquir
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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  • 9.
    Lachrimae Caravaggio / Savall, Fernandez, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9852 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall
    Performer:  Ferran Savall,  Jordi Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  Le Concert des Nations
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    Lachrimae Caravaggio / Savall, Fernandez, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9852 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall
    Performer:  Ferran Savall,  Jordi Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 11.
    Christophorus Columbus - Lost Paradises / Savall, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9850 Release Date: 03/20/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jordi Savall
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Solistas de la Capella Reial de Catalunya,  Hespèrion XXI
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  • 12.
    Du temps & de l'instant / Savall, Figueras, Savall, et al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9841 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Arianna Savall,  Ferran Savall,  Montserrat Figueras  ... 
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    Du temps & de l'instant / Savall, Figueras, Savall, et al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9841 Release Date: 09/13/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tarquinio Merula,  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Marin Marais  ... 
    Performer:  Pedro Estevan,  Montserrat Figueras,  Arianna Savall,  Ferran Savall  ... 
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    Tous Les Matins Du Monde - Original Soundtrack / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9821 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Marin Marais,  Jordi Savall,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Rolf Lislevand,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Montserrat Figueras  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 15.
    Harmonie Universelle Vol 2 - Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9839 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Arvo Pärt,  Jordi Savall,  Arianna Savall  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Pablo Valetti,  Manfred Kraemer,  Arianna Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Villancicos y Danzas Criollas / Savall, Hesperion XXI, et al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9834 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan Gutierrez de Padilla,  Joan Cererols,  Juan Garcia de Zéspedes  ... 
    Performer:  Arianna Savall,  Pedro Estevan,  Marc Clos
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Tous Les Matins Du Monde - Original Soundtrack / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9821 Release Date: 03/12/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Marin Marais,  Anonymous,  Jean de Sainte-Colombe  ... 
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Montserrat Figueras,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 18.
    Ostinato - Pachelbel, Ortiz, Et Al / Savall, Hespèrion Xxi
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9820 Release Date: 01/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrea Falconieri,  Diego Ortiz,  Antonio Valente,  Tarquinio Merula  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Cocset,  Xavier Díaz-Latorre,  Michael Behringer,  Manfred Kraemer  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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