Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI
in concert in Montreal
Don’t miss this one and only concert at the Maison Symphonique on Monday November 7
By Luc Archambault
November 4, 2022
Jordi Savall and his ensemble, Hespèrion XXI, reconnect with Montreal audiences in the concert Fantasies, Battles & Dances – The golden age of consort music (1500-1750), at the Maison Symphonique.
A concert you won’t want to miss
Covering the period when counterpoint reigned, from the 16th century to Bach, Maestro Savall offers a journey through the history of viola concerts, which travels the paths of Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and England. The consorts from this period, called the golden age of the viola, were inspired by complex instrumental polyphonies.
It is best to rush to the concert on Monday, November 7 in the sublime Maison Symphonique.
The selection of pieces culminates with two Contrapunctus from J.S. Bach’s The Art of Fugue (BWV 1080) and includes works by 15 Renaissance and Baroque composers, such as John Dowland, Alfonso Ferrabosco, Henry Purcell, Samuel Scheidt and Christopher Tye, among others.
So do not sulk your pleasure as a music lover. Subscribing to such an exploration is therefore appropriate for all lovers of Euterpe. A Maestro of this calibre rarely comes to Montreal; it is best to rush to the concert on Monday, November 7 in the sublime Maison Symphonique. Your ears and your heart, musical organs par excellence, will thank you infinitely.
Gambist of international renown, Jordi Savall is at the source of an exploration of the forgotten musical heritage and the revaluation of so-called historical music. Founder, with Montserrat Figueras, of the Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989) ensembles, he marked popular imagination with his fundamental participation in the film Tous les Matins du Monde by Alain Corneau (awarded by the César for the best soundtrack).
Besides his intense concert activity (140 concerts per year, approximately), his discography – 6 annual recordings on average – has more than 230 titles in medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical repertories, with particular attention to Hispanic and Mediterranean musical heritage.
His discography includes, in particular: El Cancionero De Palacio (1991), Dowland: Lachrimae, Or Seven Teares (1987), Concerts à 2 Violes Esgales du Sieur de Sainte-Colombe (2 vol.) (1992 and 2000), Jeanne la Pucelle (1994), Jeanne d’ Arc: Battles and Prisons (2012), Marin Marais: Pieces of Viola (1st to 5th books) (1977-2009), Carceres: Villancicos & Ensaladas (1990).
The group Hespèrion XXI (originally under the name Hespèrion XX) was founded in 1974 with the ultimate goal of constantly seeking new meeting points between East and West, in order to integrate and recover the international musical heritage, more specifically in the Mediterranean area as well as in connection with the music of the American New World.
The group conceives early music as a tool for musical experimentation through which it seeks the greatest beauty and the height of expressiveness in its interpretations.
Eustache du Caurroy (1549-1609)
Fantaisies sur Une jeune fillete
Christopher Tye (ca.1505-ca.1573)
In Nomine XII Crye
John Dowland (1563-1626)
Semper Dowland semper dolens
The King of Denmark’s Galliard
Giovanni Maria Trabaci (1575-1647)Durezze e ligature
Giuseppe Guami (ca.1540-ca.1611)
Canzon 4 Sopra La Battaglia
Clement Woodcock (1540-1590)
Browning my dear
Matthew Locke (1621-1677)
Fantasie 5 in D minor (2nd Suite)
William Brade (1560-1630)
Ein Schottisch Tanz
Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654)
Canzon O Nachbar Roland
Alfonso Ferrabosco (1575-1628)
Anthony Holborne (1545-1602) [Galliard:] The Fairie-Round
William Lawes (1602-1645)
Paven V in C major
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1543-1604)
Joan Cabanilles (1644-1712)
Obertura – Corrente italiana
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Fantasia upon one note
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Contrapunctus 1 – Contrapunctus 9 alla
Jordi Savall, pardessus de viole
Philippe Pierlot, dessus de viole
Anna Lachegyi, tenor viol
Juan Manuel Quintana, bass viol
Xavier Puertas, violone
Enrike Solinis, theorbo and guitar
Direction: Jordi Savall
Tickets are on sale for concerts in 3 cities:
November 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm
1600 Saint-Urbain Street, Montreal
514 842-2112 – 1 877 641-6040
November 6, 2022 at 3 pm
995 place d’Youville, Quebec City
418 641-6040 – 1 866 842-2112
Concert presented by Traquen’Art and Music & Beyond
November 8, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre
355 Cooper Street, Ottawa
613 241-0777 ext. 505
Feature image courtesy of Hespèrion XXI
Luc Archambault, writer and journalist, globe-trotter at heart, passionate about movies, music, literature and contemporary dance, came back to Montreal from an extended stay in China to pursue his unrelenting quest for artistic meaning.