Jordi Savall

Composers

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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    Battaglie e Lamenti / Savall (w/2016 Archiv Catalog)
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002496802 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Annibale Padovano,  Francesco Usper,  Bastian Chilese,  Giovanni Gabrieli  ... 
    Performer:  Graham Pushee,  Harry Van der Kamp,  Montserrat Figueras,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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    Archiv Produktion: Analogue Stereo Recordings (1959-1981)
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 002490502 Release Date: 05/20/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Pierre Vachon,  Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Stader,  Hedwig Bilgram,  Hertha Töpper,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Richter,  August Wenzinger,  Karl Ristenpart,  Robert Stehli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Bach Orchestra,  Munich Bach Choir,  Loewenguth String Quartet  ... 
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    100 Best Film Classics [warner Classics]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553645 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Richard Strauss,  John T. Williams,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gary Hoffman,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman,  Rudolf Kempe,  Geoff Love,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Jean-Marie Leclair,  The Hungarian Quartet,  Il Giardino Armonico  ... 
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    Jean-Pierre Rampal: The Complete Erato Recordings, Vol. 3 1970-1982
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552118 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Johann Melchoir Molter,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Aram Khachaturian,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Pierre Barbizet,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Marie-Claire Alain  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-François Paillard,  Claudio Scimone,  Jean Martinon,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti Veneti,  Trio Pasquier,  Les Solistes De Liège
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    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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    La Lira d'Esperia II - Galicia / Jordi Savall, Pedro Estevan
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9907 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfons X (El Sabio),  Traditional
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Pedro Estevan
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    Musique A Versailles -  Charpentier; Lully; Marais
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5389 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sébastien de Brossard,  Marin Marais,  Louis Marchand,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Blandine Verlet,  Michel Chapuis,  Stephen Preston,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Christophe Coin,  Emmanuel Mandrin,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Olivier Schneebeli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Limoges Baroque Ensemble,  Ensemble Fitzwilliam,  Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr  ... 
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    Diego Ortiz: Recercadas Del Trattado De Glosas
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9899 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz
    Performer:  Rolf Lislevand,  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman,  Andrew Lawrence-King  ... 
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    Archiv Produktion 1947-2013
    Label: Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog: 001833572 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Anonymous,  Adam de la Halle,  Raimbaut de Vaqeiras  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau,  Hermann Töttcher,  Maria Jung  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Ristenpart,  Fritz Lehmann,  Maurus Pfaff,  Safford Cape  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Karl Ristenpart Chamber Orchestra,  Bach Festival Orchestra,  Frankfurt Music School Chorus  ... 
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    Couperin: Pieces De Violes 1728 / Savall, Koopman, Maurette
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9893 Release Date: 01/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Ariane Maurette,  Ton Koopman
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    Essential Film Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5134 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  James Horner,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  Cécile Ousset,  Manuel Barrueco,  Steve Morse  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  David Abel,  Geoff Love  ... 
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    Armenian Spirit / Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9892 Release Date: 09/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  T. Tchukhadjian,  Armenian Anonymous,  Armenian Traditional,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  David Mayoral,  Haig Sarikouyoumdjian,  Gaguik Mouradian,  Georgi Minassyan  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    The Complete Bach Edition
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 664202 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 154
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Max van Egmond,  Kurt Equiluz,  Paul Esswood,  Walter Gampert  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Gustav Leonhardt,  Ton Koopman,  Jaap Schröder  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Concentus Musicus,  Chorus Viennensis,  Vienna Boys' Choir  ... 
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    La Sublime Porte - Voix d'Istanbul / Savall, Figueras, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9887 Release Date: 12/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Montserrat Figueras,  Traditional
    Performer:  Fahrettin Yarkin,  Hakan Güngör,  Yurdal Tokcan,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XXI
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    Sieur de Sainte-Colombe: Concerts a Deux Violes Esgales / Savall, Kuijken
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9885 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean de Sainte-Colombe
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Wieland Kuijken
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    Air: Best of Bach
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 82151 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Peter Hurford,  Josef Suk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Richard Egarr  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir David Willcocks,  Paul Tortelier,  Philip Ledger  ... 
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    Marais: Pieces De Viole / Savall, Koopman, Smith, Coin, Gallet
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9872 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Marin Marais
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman,  Christophe Coin  ... 
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    The Celtic Viol II / Savall, Lawrence-King, McGuire
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9878 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  John Playford,  John Walsh,  Charlie Hunter (of Oban)  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Frank McGuire
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    Best Film 50
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31673 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Ernest Blanc,  Nicolai Gedda,  Gérard Caussé,  Augustin Dumay  ... 
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt,  Mariss Jansons,  Richard Hickox,  David Abel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus  ... 
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  • 20.
    Le Concert Spirituel / Jordi Savall, Le Concert Des Nations
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9877 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arcangelo Corelli,  Georg Philipp Telemann,  Jean-Philippe Rameau
    Performer:  Jordi Savall
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations
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  • 21.
    Essential Bach
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 95424 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Philip Pickett,  Catherine Latham,  Iona Brown,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugen Jochum,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Wolfgang Gönnenwein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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    Essential Baroque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 95429 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Pachelbel,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Finley,  William Bennett,  George Malcolm  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Stephen Cleobury,  Yehudi Menuhin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Early Music Consort of London  ... 
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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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    Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba / Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84629 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman
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    La Barcha D'amore / Savall, Figueras
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9811 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Traditional,  Jean-Baptiste Lully,  Giulio Caccini  ... 
    Performer:  Maria Cristina Kiehr,  Rolf Lislevand,  Montserrat Figueras,  Hopkinson Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Schola Cantorum Basiliensis,  Hespèrion XXI  ... 
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