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Jordi Savall
Le Concert des Nations

Tous les matins du monde
Thursday, February 21, 2019 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
Jordi Savall by David Ignaszewski
When the film Tous les matins du monde premiered nearly 30 years ago, the music of two French composer-gambists—Jean de Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais—was introduced to wider audiences. While Gérard Depardieu’s portrayal of Marais was fascinating, Jordi Savall provided the musical “voice” of the composer and introduced the astoundingly beautiful music of the early French Baroque to many. Savall and his Le Concert des Nations performed the soundtrack music, and they return to this sublime repertoire in a concert that features poetic music for solo and multiple viols, graceful dances, dramatic character pieces, and more.

Part of: Carnegie Hall Live on WQXR


Jordi Savall, Director and Viol
Le Concert des Nations
·· Manfredo Kraemer, Violin
·· Charles Zebley, Flute
·· Philippe Pierlot, Bass Viol
·· Daniel Swenberg, Theorbo
·· Luca Guglielmi, Harpsichord


LULLY Selections from Le bourgeois gentilhomme
·· Marche pour la cérémonie des turcs
·· Premier air des Espagnols
·· Deuxième air des Espagnols
·· Gavotte
·· Canaries
·· Chaconne des scaramouches

SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert a deux violes ésgales: Le retour

ANON. "Une jeune fillette"

DU CAURROY Fantasies on "Une jeune fillette"

MARAIS Pièces de viole, Troisième livre

MARAIS Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris

COUPERIN Prelude, "Gracieusement" from Deuxième concert royal

COUPERIN Muzette, "Naïvement" from Troisième concert royal

COUPERIN Plainte pour les Violes: "Lentement et douloureusement" from Dixième concert royal

RAMEAU Tambourin I et II from Pièces de clavecin en concert, Troisième concert

SAINTE-COLOMBE Concert a deux violes ésgales: Tombeau les regrets

MARAIS "Les voix humaines" from Suite No. 3, Deuxième livre

MARAIS Couplets de folies

LECLAIR Sonata in D Major, Op. 2, No. 8


ANON. Bourée d'Avignonez from Recüeil de plusieurs vieux airs (transcr. André Danican Philidor)

Pre-Concert Talk

Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM: Jordi Savall in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Senior Director and Artistic Adviser, Carnegie Hall.
National Endowment for the Arts: arts.gov

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At a Glance

Following the huge success of Alain Corneau’s film Tous les matins du monde—based on the novel by Pascal Quignard—and the triumph of the corresponding music for viol, Jordi Savall and several of the musicians who took part in that original recording now commemorate its 25th anniversary. In so doing, they again pay tribute to the composers of France’s grand siècle, whose music the film helped to make more widely known today: Jean-Baptiste Lully, Louis XIV’s court composer who shaped the musical tastes of a whole century; François Couperin; and, of course, the film’s two protagonists, Jean de Sainte-Colombe and Marin Marais.

“I remember the first time I met Jordi Savall, in 1990,” writes Quignard. “He had read the novel. His concentration was such that I imagined he was Sainte-Colombe himself … They recorded at the dead of night. It was cold. And I fell asleep on a bench in the chapel [of Saint-Lambert-des-Bois]. I remember very little about the occasion. There was an old 17th-century score on which Jordi copied out by hand Sainte-Colombe’s piece Les pleurs, and underneath it he wrote, ‘For Pascal, a memento of a dream.’ … Sometimes dreams have a life far beyond the night on which they are dreamt.”

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