Hespèrion XX

Biography

Active: 1974 -
Jordi Savall (born 1941), one of the world's leading players of the viola da gamba, founded the ensemble Hespèrion XX in 1974. Savall's goal -- and that of cofounders Montserrat Figueras, Hopkinson Smith, and Lorenzo Alpert -- was to explore lesser-known repertories of the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque periods; their special love has been early Spanish music. The group has toured over five continents and produced well over 50 Read more recordings (many on the Astrée Audivis label). The group's membership changes with the repertory of an individual recording or performance project, and with the particular orchestration envisioned by Savall. The list of early music luminaries who have repeatedly collaborated with Savall on Hespèrion recordings includes not only founders Figueras (soprano) and Smith (plucked strings), but also Pedro Memelsdorff (recorder), Andrew Lawrence-King (harps), Rolf Lislevand (guitar, theorbo, and vihuela), Ton Koopman (harpsichord), Bruce Dickey (cornetto), and Richard Cheetham (sackbut). Often, Hespèrion XX performs early chamber music (such as the Fantasias of Henry Purcell) only on a consort of viols; Savall argued famously for performance of J.S. Bach's Die Kunst der Fugue with this orchestration because of the transparence and clarity of the lines. For larger works (such as the Couperin Apothéoses), Hespèrion XX expands its instrumentation and adds singers, such as the Capella Reial de Catalunya or Philippe Herreweghe's Collegium Vocale. In performances of early Spanish music -- from the Cantigas de Santa Maria to the Cancionero de la Columbina and the Cancionero Musicale del Palacio -- the ensemble achieves a distinctly Moorish influence (as had Thomas Binkley and René Clemencic a generation before). In every repertory, Hespèrion XX combines a high level of polish and virtosity with vivid orchestrations and a vibrant sound that cares for the life of each individual tone. Even the vocal style of Hespèrion's singers sometimes mimics the characteristic pulsation of each tone in Savall's viol playing (in their recording of the Morales Requiem, for instance). One eminent musicologist has criticized Hespèrion XX for the romanticism of its sound; the group's dynamic performances, on the other hand, have achieved one of early music's widest and most enthusiastic audiences. Read less
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  • 1.
    Dowland: Lachrima or Seaven Teares, 1604 / Savall, Hesperion XX
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9901 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 2.
    Ave Maria
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 7317182 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Johann Pachelbel,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Karl Hochreither,  Monika Frimmer,  John Connell  ... 
    Conductor:  Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden,  Andrew Parrott,  Lajos Rovátkay,  Philip Ledger  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Capella Agostino Steffani,  Hespèrion XX  ... 
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  • 3.
    Llibre Vermell de Montserrat / Jordi Savall, Hesperion XX
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 28658 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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    El Nuevo Mundo - Folias Criollas / Savall, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9876 Release Date: 08/10/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Gaspar Sanz,  South American Traditiona,  Santiago de Murcia  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras,  Enrico Barona,  Andrew Lawrence-King
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tembembe Ensamble Continuo,  Hespèrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya  ... 
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  • 5.
    Vier Suiten Aus Der Sammlung
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232231 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 6.
    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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  • 7.
    Maestros Del Siglo De Oro / Jordi Savall
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9867 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Cristóbal de Morales,  Francisco Guerrero,  Tomás Luis de Victoria,  Raffaella Aleotti
    Performer:  Guido Morini,  Josep Cabré,  Alberto Rasi
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 8.
    Royal Minstrels Of The Golden Age / Savall, Hesperion XX, Hesperion XXI
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9864 Release Date: 04/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Juan del Encina,  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Jordi Savall,  Ton Koopman,  Christophe Coin  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX,  Hespèrion XXI
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    Vier Suiten Aus Der Sammlung
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 2232231 Release Date: 01/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andreas Hammerschmidt
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 10.
    Alia Vox Heritage - Vol 2, Purcell: Fantasias for the Viols 1680 / Savall, Hespèrion XX
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9859 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell
    Performer:  Marianne Muller,  Sophie Watillon,  Eunice Brandao,  Wieland Kuijken  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 11.
    Best Baroque 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 70907 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Joao Domingos Bomtempo  ... 
    Performer:  Della Jones,  Arleen Augér,  Michel Sanvoisin,  Lionel Rogg  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Louis Auriacombe,  Michel Corboz,  Lajos Rovátkay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia,  Toulouse Chamber Orchestra,  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon  ... 
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  • 12.
    Bach: Die Kunst Der Fuge / Savall, Hespèrion Xx
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9818 Release Date: 01/11/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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    Entremeses Del Siglo De Oro / Figueras, Savall, Hespèrion Xx
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9831 Release Date: 12/09/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Guerrero,  Juan Blas de Castro,  Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Paolo Pandolfo,  Jordi Savall,  Montserrat Figueras,  Sergi Casademunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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    A Musical Banquet - Schein, Guami, Etc/ Savall, Hesperion Xx
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62028 Release Date: 11/05/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giovanni Gabrieli,  Johann Hermann Schein,  Gioseffo Guami,  Andrea Gabrieli  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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    Bach: Die Kunst Der Fuge / Savall, Hespèrion Xx
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9818 Release Date: 10/09/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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    Music For The Spanish Kings / Figueras, Savall, Hesperion Xx
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61875 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hayne van Ghizeghem,  Francisco de la Torre,  Antonio De Cabezón,  Adrian Willaert  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Bruce Dickey,  Paolo Grazo,  Charles Toet  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 17.
    Music From Christian And Jewish Spain / Savall, Hespèrion Xx
    Label: Virgin Classics Veritas   Catalog: 61591 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Diego Ortiz,  Juan del Encina,  Garçimuñoz,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Figueras
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 18.
    Elizabethan Consort Music 1558-1603 / Savall, Hesperion Xx
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9804 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Daman,  Anonymous,  Clement Woodcocke,  Robert White  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 19.
    Cabanilles: Batallas, Tientos & Pasacalles / Savall, Hesperion XX
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9801 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Kaspar Kerll,  Joan Cabanilles
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX
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  • 20.
    Joan Of Arc - Original Film Soundtrack By Jordi Savall
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 1006 Release Date: 05/17/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jordi Savall,  Anonymous,  Guillaume Dufay
    Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Pedro Memelsdorff,  Rolf Lislevand,  Jordi Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hespèrion XX,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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