Upcoming Events

No results found.

Top Results

No results found.

Event is Live
Carnegie Hall Presents

Jordi Savall: Monteverdi’s Madrigals of Love and War

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 8 PM Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Jordi Savall by Hervé Pouyfourcat
Enter Monteverdi’s world of drama and lyricism. His Madrigals of Love and War from 1638 revolutionized the madrigal form, a vocal work for two to eight voices set to a lyric poem. Each madrigal has operatic intensity, where lovers and warriors populate a vibrant canvas, each phrase painted with expressive vocalism: a lover sighs, and the vocal line trembles; a soldier leads a charge, and the instrumental accompaniment gallops. One of the greatest of all vocal collections, it showcases Monteverdi’s genius with every note. 

Performers

Le Concert des Nations
Soloists of La Capella Reial de Catalunya
Jordi Savall, Music Director and Viol

Program

MONTEVERDI Sinfonia from Concerto con altri generi de canti (Libro settimo)

MONTEVERDI "Altri canti di Marte e di sua schiera" from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)

MONTEVERDI "Volgendo il ciel per l'immortal sentiero Movete al mio bel suon" from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)

FALCONIERI Ciaccona from L'eroica à 3

MONTEVERDI Sinfonia from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)

MONTEVERDI Altri canti d'amor, tenero arciero from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)

MONTEVERDI Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)

MONTEVERDI Sinfonia from L'Orfeo

MONTEVERDI Lamento della Ninfa from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)

MONTEVERDI Sinfonia from Cantante Domino canticum novum

MONTEVERDI "Or che'l cielo e la terra e'l vento tace" from Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi (Libro ottavo)


Encore:

ARVO PÄRT Da pacem Domine

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

Listen to Selected Works

The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. James Thurmond Smithgall in support of the 2021-2022 season.

At a Glance

In this concert, Jordi Savall and his ensemble perform selections from Claudio Monteverdi’s masterpiece, Madrigali guerriere et amorosi (“Madrigals of War and Love”), his eighth book of madrigals. These works show Monteverdi’s mastery of both the older style of polyphony and the new style of monody—in which a single vocal line conveys the words of a poem with maximum clarity and expressiveness over a simplified harmony. Among the selections are two great favorites: the heartbreaking Lamento della ninfa and the epic Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda—the latter a dramatic story fueled by Monteverdi’s revolutionary stile concitato (“agitated style”).

Bios

Jordi Savall

For more than 50 years, Jordi Savall—one of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation—has rescued musical gems from the obscurity of neglect and oblivion and ...

For more than 50 years, Jordi Savall—one of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation—has rescued musical gems from the obscurity of neglect and oblivion and given them back for all to enjoy. A tireless researcher of early music, he interprets and performs the repertory both as a gambist and as a conductor. His activities as a concert performer, teacher, researcher, and creator of new musical and cultural projects have made him a leading figure in the revival of historical music. Together with his wife Montserrat Figueras (1942–2011), he founded the ensembles Hespèrion XXI (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987), and Le Concert des Nations (1989). Across all ensembles, he explores and creates a world of emotion and beauty shared with millions of early music enthusiasts around the world. 

Mr. Savall has recorded and released more than 230 albums covering the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical styles, while giving special focus to the Iberian and Mediterranean musical heritage. His work has merited many distinctions, including the Midem Classical Award, International Classical Music Award, and multiple Grammy Awards. His concert programs use music as a form of mediation to achieve understanding and peace between different—and sometimes warring—peoples and cultures. Accordingly, guest artists appearing with his ensembles include Arab, Israeli, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Afghan, Mexican, and Native American musicians. In 2008, Mr. Savall was appointed European Union Ambassador for intercultural dialogue and, together with Ms. Figueras, was named an Artist for Peace as part of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador program.

Mr. Savall’s prolific musical career has brought him the highest national and international distinctions, including honorary doctorates from universities in Évora (Portugal), Barcelona (Catalonia), Louvain (Belgium), and Basel (Switzerland), the title of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur (France), the Praetorius Music Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of Lower Saxony, the Gold Medal of the Generalitat of Catalonia, and the prestigious Léonie Sonning Music Prize. As described by The Guardian, “Jordi Savall testifies to a common cultural inheritance of infinite variety. He is a man for our time.”

Mr. Savall performs on a six-string bass viol made by Pellegrino Zanetti in Venice in 1553.

Read More

La Capella Reial de Catalunya

Following the model of the famous Medieval “royal chapels” for which the greatest masterpieces of both religious and secular music were composed on the Iberian Peninsula, ...

Following the model of the famous Medieval “royal chapels” for which the greatest masterpieces of both religious and secular music were composed on the Iberian Peninsula, Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall founded La Capella Reial in 1987, becoming one of the first vocal groups devoted to historically informed performance of music from Spain’s Golden Age and consisting exclusively of Hispanic and Latin voices. In 1990, when the ensemble received the sponsorship of the Generalitat of Catalonia, it changed its name to La Capella Reial de Catalunya.

The newly formed ensemble specialized in the recovery and performance of polyphonic and vocal music from Spain and Europe from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance (often considered Spain’s Golden Age), the Baroque, and even the 19th century. Rooted in respect for the profoundly spiritual and artistic dimension of each work, the ensemble combines quality and authenticity of the style of the period with a careful attention to the declamation and expressive projection of the poetic text.

The ensemble’s extensive repertory ranges from Medieval music—of various cultures of the Mediterranean—to the great masters of Renaissance and Baroque music. The group has distinguished itself in various Baroque and Classical opera repertories, as well as in contemporary works by Arvo Pärt. La Capella Reial de Catalunya played on the soundtrack to Jacques Rivette’s film Jeanne la Pucelle (1993) on the life of Joan of Arc.

In 1992, La Capella Reial de Catalunya made its opera debut accompanying the performances of Le Concert des Nations. The ensemble has received various awards and distinctions in recognition of its more than 40 recordings. Under the direction of Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial de Catalunya pursues an intense program of concerts and recordings all over the world. Since the ensemble’s creation, it has regularly performed at major early music festivals around the globe.

Read More

Le Concert des Nations

Manfredo Kraemer, Violin I | Guadalupe del Moral, Violin II
Jordi Savall, Bass Viol | Philippe Pierlot, Bass Viol
Keiran Campbell, Bass Violin | Xavier Puertas, Violone
Andrew ...

Manfredo Kraemer, Violin I | Guadalupe del Moral, Violin II
Jordi Savall, Bass Viol | Philippe Pierlot, Bass Viol
Keiran Campbell, Bass Violin | Xavier Puertas, Violone
Andrew Lawrence-King, Arpa Doppia
Rolf Lislevand, Theorbo and Guitar | Marco Vitale, Harpsichord

Founded in 1989 by Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras during their project on Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Canticum Beatae Virgine, the orchestra Le Concert des Nations was born out of the need for an orchestra of period instruments capable of performing a repertory that spans the Baroque to the Romantic period. The name comes from François Couperin’s work Les Nations and represents the coming together of musical tastes and the idea that art in Europe would always bear its own particular stamp, that of the Age of Enlightenment.

Le Concert des Nations, under the direction of Mr. Savall, was the first orchestra to be composed of a majority of musicians from Latin countries (Spain, Latin America, France, Italy, and Portugal), all of whom are leading specialists in performance on period instruments. From the outset, the group’s aim has been to raise awareness of historical repertoires of great quality by combining rigorous respect for the original spirit of each work with a revitalizing approach to performance, as heard on their recordings of works by Charpentier, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Handel, Marais, Arriaga, Beethoven, Purcell, Dumanoir, Lully, Biber, Boccherini, Rameau, and Vivaldi.

In 1992, Le Concert des Nations made its opera debut in a production of Vicente Martín i Soler’s Una Cosa Rara, and the group subsequently performed Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. The numerous recordings of Le Concert des Nations have won various awards and distinctions, including the Midem Classical Award and the International Classical Music Award.

Read More

Stay Up to Date