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March 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Master of the viol, Jordi Savall is also a master joiner. His specialty is a narrow-seeming one, his six-stringed instrument's heyday having been the 16th and early 17th centuries when the viol was second in popularity only to the lute. Viol repertory is fertile, to be sure, but limited in historical scope and relevance (the Renaissance and Baroque eras), in sound (it is a quiet instrument), in tone (it has a dark, subdued character) and in geography (Western Europe). Yet Savall, who is Catalan and who founded and conducts the outstanding period-instrument ensemble Hespèrion XXI that will be appearing Sunday in Walt Disney Concert Hall, has what could be the broadest vision among any musicians today of how cultures connect and the historical significance of that for a modern, changing world.
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March 1, 2014 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Master of the viol, Jordi Savall is also a master joiner. His specialty is a narrow-seeming one, his six-stringed instrument's heyday having been the 16th and early 17th centuries when the viol was second in popularity only to the lute. Viol repertory is fertile, to be sure, but limited in historical scope and relevance (the Renaissance and Baroque eras), in sound (it is a quiet instrument), in tone (it has a dark, subdued character) and in geography (Western Europe). Yet Savall, who is Catalan and who founded and conducts the outstanding period-instrument ensemble Hespèrion XXI that will be appearing Sunday in Walt Disney Concert Hall, has what could be the broadest vision among any musicians today of how cultures connect and the historical significance of that for a modern, changing world.
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May 17, 2004 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
The indefatigable Jordi Savall has taken on many roles over the years: viola da gamba virtuoso, conductor, scholar, entrepreneur, free thinker -- and now we should add "patriarch." Indeed, his current touring edition of Hesperion is almost entirely a family affair, early music's answer to other notable multigenerational touring clans like the Brubecks, the Romeros and the Jobims. Wait: Let's strike the term "early music."
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December 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
There's always a last minute when Christmas creeps up on us. Here are six terrific sets of classical CDs or DVDs that are possibilities for the tardy shopper and for anyone wanting to leave 2013 in the right spirit and prepare for a sustenance-filled new year. "Selected Signs III-VIII": This strange title for an arty white box holding six CDs of sophisticated selections is taken from an exhibition in Munich, Germany. Musically, it consists of a compilation of selections from the ECM label that are heavily weighted toward spiritual Eastern European minimalism and spiritually minimalist Western jazz as an aural environment continuing hour after enthralling hour.
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December 18, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Music Critic
There's always a last minute when Christmas creeps up on us. Here are six terrific sets of classical CDs or DVDs that are possibilities for the tardy shopper and for anyone wanting to leave 2013 in the right spirit and prepare for a sustenance-filled new year. "Selected Signs III-VIII": This strange title for an arty white box holding six CDs of sophisticated selections is taken from an exhibition in Munich, Germany. Musically, it consists of a compilation of selections from the ECM label that are heavily weighted toward spiritual Eastern European minimalism and spiritually minimalist Western jazz as an aural environment continuing hour after enthralling hour.
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February 1, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many music lovers, the viola da gamba is a quaint instrument trotted out periodically for performances of Bach's "St. Matthew" Passion and a handful of other Baroque works. But for Jordi Savall, and the people he has inspired, the instrument is a passion itself, indeed an industry. With nearly 100 recordings to his credit as conductor or gamba player, Savall has seen his recording company, Auvidis, launch a new label, Fontalis, devoted to his recordings alone.
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February 15, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
"We are not sole owners of our past" is how Jordi Savall begins his notes to "Lost Paradises," the exquisitely played program of music from 1400 to 1506 that he presented at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. What went unsaid in this concert of music from various cultures that combined and conflicted in 16th century Spain, and particularly in Granada, was that we are not sole owners of our present either. Jews and Muslims lived together with Christians in Granada for a golden moment.
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March 17, 2001 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The surprising thing about the arresting medieval Spanish music program ("Diaspora Sefardi: Roots and Memory") Thursday in Founders Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center is how contemporary much of it sounded. This was partly because, as Jordi Savall, director of Hesperion XXI, said between selections, he and his group were playing the music in a modern fashion, not as the works would have been played 500 or more years ago.
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June 2, 2001
Laurie Anderson! Philip Glass! David Sedaris! Bill T. Jones! It looks, largely, like more of the same next season at UCLA Performing Arts ("UCLA's Next Season Offers Quirkier, Edgier Fare," by Hugh Hart, May 25). The fact that the university's new arts czar, an Englishman with an "edge," is parading so many of the same faces that his predecessor did across the Royce Hall stage suggests these name artists are the truly reliable currency in the field. (OK, Sonic Youth at Royce will avoid a night of bad acoustics at the Palladium, but there's no mosh pit.)
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March 15, 2001
COSTA MESA 8pm Music Early music specialists Jordi Savall and Hesperion XXI will play a "Paradise Lost" program, consisting of music composed from the time of King Alfonso X of Castille and Leon (1221-1284). Himself a composer, Alfonso X was known for his knowledge and for fostering communication among Christian, Jewish and Islamic intellectuals. Joining the ensemble in its Performing Arts Center debut, will be soprano Monserrat Figueras, Savall's wife.
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February 15, 2008 | Mark Swed, Times Staff Writer
"We are not sole owners of our past" is how Jordi Savall begins his notes to "Lost Paradises," the exquisitely played program of music from 1400 to 1506 that he presented at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Wednesday night. What went unsaid in this concert of music from various cultures that combined and conflicted in 16th century Spain, and particularly in Granada, was that we are not sole owners of our present either. Jews and Muslims lived together with Christians in Granada for a golden moment.
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May 17, 2004 | Richard S. Ginell, Special to The Times
The indefatigable Jordi Savall has taken on many roles over the years: viola da gamba virtuoso, conductor, scholar, entrepreneur, free thinker -- and now we should add "patriarch." Indeed, his current touring edition of Hesperion is almost entirely a family affair, early music's answer to other notable multigenerational touring clans like the Brubecks, the Romeros and the Jobims. Wait: Let's strike the term "early music."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For many music lovers, the viola da gamba is a quaint instrument trotted out periodically for performances of Bach's "St. Matthew" Passion and a handful of other Baroque works. But for Jordi Savall, and the people he has inspired, the instrument is a passion itself, indeed an industry. With nearly 100 recordings to his credit as conductor or gamba player, Savall has seen his recording company, Auvidis, launch a new label, Fontalis, devoted to his recordings alone.
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April 7, 2000 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Famed viola da gamba player Jordi Savall and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves will be among the highlights of 2000-01 concert series sponsored by the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa. Savall will appear with his renowned early-music group, Hesperion XX, on March 15 in Founders Hall as part of the Classical Ensemble Series. They will play Renaissance and later music on a program titled "Paradise Lost."
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February 5, 2000 | DANIEL CARIAGA, TIMES MUSIC WRITER
Ending a weeklong residency with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in Northern California, Spanish musician Jordi Savall brought the ensemble south to Irvine on Thursday. Together, they commemorated the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach with a program of the composer's four orchestral suites. A virtually full house at the Irvine Barclay Theatre greeted the 27-member orchestra.
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