For over 50 years, Jordi Savall has remained one of the most versatile musical masters of his generation, rescuing gems from obscurity and returning them to the world for all to enjoy. A tireless researcher into early music, he interprets and performs the repertoire both as viol player and director. In 1974, Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras, together with Lorenzo Alpert and Hopkinson Smith, founded the ancient music ensemble Hespèrion XX in Basel as a way of recovering and disseminating the rich and fascinating musical repertoire prior to the 19th century. The name Hespèrion means ‘an inhabitant of Hesperia’, which in ancient Greek referred to the two most westerly peninsulas in Europe: the Iberian and the Italian. At the turn of the 21st century, Hespèrion XX became known as Hespèrion XXI.
Ancient and early music’s most important value stems from its ability as a universal artistic language to transmit feelings, emotions and ancestral ideas that even today can enthrall the contemporary listener. Today Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI are central to the understanding of the music of the period between the Middle Ages and the Baroque, and their exquisite performances enable people to freely enjoy the aesthetic and spiritual delicacy of the works of this historical period.
On Thursday 23 February, Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI present Fantasies, Battles and Dances: The Golden Age of European Consort Music – vibrant music of the Renaissance and Baroque featuring works by Tye, Alberti, Dowland, Lawes, Ferrabosco, Bach, Purcell, Cabanilles and more.
On Friday 24 February, Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI present The Venetian Influences in Musical Europe – a lively exploration of ricercari, capricci, canzoni, sonatas, dances and variations from the Renaissance and Baroque.
Melbourne Recital Centre’s Signature Event is a must-see concert experience for music-lovers who desire to broaden their musical horizon and experience something truly special. With more than 230 recordings and many awards and distinctions including the Midem Classical Award, the International Classical Music Award, Grammy Award and Helpmann Award to his name, Jordi Savall is no exception.
Thursday 23 & Friday 24 February 2023 7.30pm; Elisabeth Murdoch Hall; Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)
Tickets: Signature Seat $150*; Premium $115; A reserve $95 ($80 Concession); B reserve $75 ($65 Concession)