Jordi Savall (photo: David Ignaszewski)

Chamber Music

Early music with Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo

The early music of the Iberian peninsula has experienced a veritable renaissance and creative revival thanks to Catalonian gambist and conductor Jordi Savall. At this concert Savall presents works by Spanish composers of the 16th and 17th centuries with the ensembles Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, as well as early music from Latin America and airs by unknown Irish composers of the 18th century.

Hespèrion XXI:

Xavier Díaz-Latorre Theorbe and Gitarre

Andrew Lawrence-King Spanish Baroque Harp

Xavier Puertas Violone

Pedro Estevan Percussion

Jordi Savall Treble Viol, Bass Viol and Direction

Tembembe Ensamble Continuo:

Donají Esparza Dance and Zapateado

Ulises Martínez Violin, Guitarra de son and Vocals

Enrique Barona Guitarra huapanguera , Leona and Jarana jarocha 3a

Leopoldo Novoa Marimbol, Guitarra de son 3a and Jarana huasteca

Works by Diego Ortiz, Gaspar Sanz, Pedro Guerrero, Santiago de Murcia, Antonio Martín y Coll, Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Antonio Valente as well as Irish Traditionals by Lord Moira and other compositions

Dates and Tickets


Jordi Savall, who was born in 1941 in Catalonian Igualada, has been promoting the music of past centuries since the early 1970s – as a gambist, conductor, and university lecturer, besides as the founder of instrumental ensembles, record labels and the most varied of musical projects. The early music of the Iberian peninsula is particularly close to this versatile musician’s heart, and it has experienced a veritable renaissance in the past decades through Savall’s work. But Savall’s spirit of discovery has repeatedly filled him with enthusiasm about musical traditions of other cultures that have been forgotten, whereby his contribution – the New York Times has written – constitutes “not only the rediscovery of early music, but rather its creative revival”.

The programme of this concert conducted by Savall in the Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie features on the one hand works by Spanish composers of the 16th and 17th centuries, some of whose music was already known in both North and South America while the composers were alive. On the other hand, you can experience a series of airs by unknown Irish composers of the 18th century, published as a collection in Boston in 1833. The Mexican Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, which kicked off in 1998 and devotes itself to researching and performing early music from Latin America, is also in on the action on this exciting musical journey of discovery through time and across continents. For years they have been associated in close artistic collaboration with the Ensemble Hespèrion XXI founded by Jordi Savall.

Jordi Savall (photo: David Ignaszewski)