classical music

Jordi Savall: Sounds from an Unfamiliar Age

Part of Classical Season 2020/21

This event has been cancelled as we are currently closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

Jordi Savall and his ensemble bring their magic to the world of Marin Marais, the French composer who ‘raised the viol to its highest degree of perfection.’

In 1959, the young Savall made a discovery in a bookshop on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. It was the music for a piece for cello by the French composer Marin Marais. Savall was ‘instantly charmed.’

The performer made straight for the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, where he spent weeks investigating Marais’ music, unearthing some 500 works.

‘It was a travesty that these wonderful pieces should lie sleeping in oblivion,’ he recalls.

Since then, Savall has done more than anyone to bring the charming, graceful world of Marais to wider attention.

For this performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Savall performs a selection from the collection in which he finds ‘the true essence and fullest expression of the art of Marais’, the Suite d’un goût étranger – an incomparable collection of characterful dances that range from the intimate to the spectacular, from the rustic to the sophisticated.

Marais’ work forms the centerpiece of the programme from Savall and his ensemble Hespèrion XXI, in a celebration of the composer’s art and influence that also takes in music by Couperin and Sainte-Colombe.

Savall and his ensemble have been bringing serious expertise to this music for decades. More importantly, they bring to it joy, effervescence and love.

Savall has long been an eminence, but he has [lately] become a true elder statesman.
New York Times

Performers

Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall bass viol
Philippe Pierlot bass viol
Pierre Hantaï harpsichord
Rolf Lislevand theorbo, guitar

Repertoire

M Marais: Prelude; Muzettes 1 & 2; La sautillante from Suite in A minor, Pièces de viole, Bk.4
Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe (father): Concert No.44 for 2 viols (Tombeau les regrets)
M Marais: Marche tartare; La tartarine; Double; Feste champêtre; Allemande la superbe; L'arabesque; La rêveuse; Marche; Le badinage; Muzette from Suite d'un goût étranger for viola da gamba & continuo, Pièces de viole, Bk.4
Interval
F Couperin: Plaintes pour les violes from Les goûts-réunis, Concert No.10
M Marais: Les voix humaine in D; Couplets des folies (Les folies d'Espagne) in D minor for viola da gamba & continuo from Pièces de viole, Bk.2

Dates & times

Approximate run time: 115 mins
Run times may vary, find out more
    • Fri 25 September 2020
      • 7:30 pm
        cancelled

where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£15 - £45
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)

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