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CONTACT: Kathleen Fay, Executive Director
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MEDIA ALERT: Legendary virtuoso Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI return to the Boston Early Music Festival stage on Friday, November 2, 2012.

ARTIST: Hespèrion XXI (Spain)
Jordi Savall,
director & treble viol
WHEN: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8pm
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street, Boston
PROGRAM:  The Golden Age of Consort Viol Music (1500–1700)

Italian Dances of the Renaissance
Innocentio Alberti: Pavin of Albarti & Gallyard
Anonymous: Galliard II
Anonymous: El Todescho
Anonymous: Folias (improvisations)

Elizabethan Consort Music
John Dowland: Lachrimae Antiqua
Dowland: Sir John Souch his Galliard
Anthony Holborne: [Almaine:] The fruit of love
Holborne: [Galliard:] As it fell on a holie Eve
Anonymous: Brandeberges — La Represa

Spanish Dances and Variations
Diego Ortiz: La Spagna
Antonio de Cabezón: Pavana con su glosa (Folia)
Luys de Milán: Fantasia VIII
Ortiz: Romanesca & Passamezzo
Anonymous: Canarios (improvisations)

Music for King Louis XIII
Anonymous (Philidor): Pavane pour la Petitte Guaire & Gaillarde
Anonymous (Philidor): Libertas
Anonymous (Philidor): Ballet: Les Bergers
Guillaume Dumanoir: Sarabandes & Tambourin

German Music
Samuel Scheidt: Paduan à 4, Cantus VI
Scheidt: Galliard à 4, Cantus VII
Scheidt: Allemande à 4, Cantus XVI
Scheidt: Galliard Battaglia à 5, Cantus XXI

European Baroque Music
Johann Hermann Schein: Intrada & Galliard in D minor (Germany)
Anonymous (Philidor): Ballet: Les Ameriquains (France)
Luigi Rossi: Dance: A l’impero d’Amore (Italy)
Henry Purcell: A Fairies Dances (England)
Anonymous: El Jarabe loco (improvisations, Spain)

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One of the most beloved artists in the world, Jordi Savall returns to the BEMF concert stage to lead his acclaimed ensemble Hespèrion XXI in a program of masterpieces from the golden age of viol consort music, which flourished between 1500 and 1700. Savall directs his ensemble of seven accomplished artists—including exceptional virtuoso Philippe Pierlot, among others—playing all members of the viol family, plus lute, theorbo, and percussion.

Savall has crafted a fascinating and expansive tour of two centuries of music, from Elizabethan England to the Baroque French court, Venice to Spain, and Germany to Rome. The richly varied music showcases the delicately balanced interplay of the viol family in works that range from stately songs for the royal court to folk dances of the countryside. The program is sure to delight as the listener is immersed in the timeless music of such masters as Dowland, Purcell, Cabezón, Philidor, Scheidt, Rossi, and many others given life by peerless musicians.


Founded in 1974 to advance the study and interpretation of ancient music according to new, modern criteria and explore the immense richness of the Hispanic and European musical repertoire, Hespèrion XXI has, in collaboration with other outstanding performers, rescued numerous works and programs from oblivion, thus contributing to a major reappraisal of the fundamental aspects of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque repertoires. From the moment it was created, Hespèrion XXI has carried out an intense schedule of concert performances and regularly appears at the main international music festivals. The ensemble has been characterized by its eclectic approach to the process of artistic decisionmaking: as twenty-first-century musicians, the objectives of its members are grounded in the search for a dynamic synthesis of musical expression, stylistic and historical research, and creative imagination. The fascinating task of reconstructing the rich exuberance of music from other ages, specifically music composed from the tenth through eighteenth centuries, has breathed new life into current musical thinking. The group’s recordings and live performances have enabled the rediscovery of Sepharad through its interpretation of Judaeo-Christian songs, Golden Age Spain, the madrigals of Monteverdi, and the Creole villancicos of Latin America. Their extensive and celebrated discography exists as the most eloquent testimony to the wealth of possibilities offered by Hespèrion XXI.


Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. For nearly forty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery of neglected musical treasures: years of research, study and interpretation, both as violist and musical director. With Montserrat Figueras, he founded three ensembles—Hespèrion XX, La Capella Reial, and Le Concert des Nations. One of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation, his career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, make him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music. The pivotal part he played in Alain Corneau’s film Tous les Matins du Monde (All the Mornings of the World), which won a César award for the best soundtrack, his intense concert activity (140 concerts per year), recording projects (six per year), and more recently the creation of his own record label, Alia Vox, is proof that early music does not have to be elitist or of interest only to a minority, and that it can and indeed does appeal to an increasingly large and young audience. Jordi Savall’s numerous awards and distinctions include Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1988) from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication; the Sant Jordi Cross (1990) awarded by the Generalitat (Autonomous Government) of Catalonia; Musician of the Year (1992), awarded by Le Monde de la Musique; Soloist of the Year (1993), awarded by Victoires de la Musique; the Gold Medal for Fine Arts (1998) from the Spanish Ministry of Culture and the Arts; Honorary Member of the Konzerthaus, Vienna (1999); Doctor honoris causa of the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (2000); Victoire de la Musique in recognition of his professional achievements (2002); the Gold Medal of the Parliament of Catalonia (2003), and the German Preise der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (2003). In 2008, Jordi Savall was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace. In 2009, he was appointed an Ambassador of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation by the European Union. He was given the 2009 National Prize of Music by the National Council of Culture and Arts of the Catalan government.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 17th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 9–16, 2013, and will be highlighted by several performances of Almira, the first opera by the celebrated and prolific composer, George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), in its first fully staged and historically conceived production outside of Germany.

The 2012–2013 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, 99.5 All Classical, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and GTC Law Group.

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