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Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall (Viola Da Gamba)

Born: 1st August 1941, Igualada, Spain

Nationality: Spanish

Jordi Savall, born in 1941 in Barcelona, embodies the spirit of the rich Catalan culture in which he was raised. Inspired by another great Catalan artist, Pablo Casals, whom he heard perform at Prades, the young Jordi Savall realized that music could be more than just a profession - for him, it would become an all-consuming life's work. He completed his cello studies at the Barcelona Conservatory in 1965 and, seeking to broaden his musical horizons, took an interest in early music.

Jordi Savall is widely credited with the rebirth of the viola da gamba, an instrument which has been all but ignored since the late 17th century - the period of its greatest exponents, François Couperin, Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray. Savall's ongoing musicological research - uncovering works of previously unknown composers such as Coperario, Cererols, Ferrabosco, Ortiz, and Guerrero - has made him a major force in the revival of early music.

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Recording of the Week, Francis Xavier and Jordi Savall

The viol player, conductor and musicologist pays homage to the sixteenth-century saint and Catholic missionary, who was a co-founder of the Jesuit Order.

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