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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

 

Jordi Savall, Virtuoso of Viola da Gamba

"The King of Spain"

Jordi Savall

It was the 1991 film "Tous les matins du monde" (All the Mornings in the World) that introduced me to the music of this extraordinary artist from Catalonia, Spain. Jordi Savall was the music director. Gerard Depardieu played the role of Sainte Colombe, the French viol player.

Bought the CD of the sound track as soon as it became available.
Label: AUDIVIS
Catalog#K 4640

Another good one is "Ostinato" - Jordi Savall with Hesperion XXI
Label: Alia Vox
Catalog # AV 9820

In 1974, with his wife (soprano Montserrat Figueras) and other musicians from different countries, Jordi Savall created the ensemble Hesperion XX. It is now known as Hesperion XXI.

Following his appearance at the Metropolitan Museum in April 2005 (the series of three concerts was called "Celebrating Jordi Savall") The New Yorker published an article by Alex Ross titled "The King of Spain". Those interested in learning more about this superb musician can link to:

NewYorker-Alex Ross-The King of Spain
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Another King




I am listening to a different breed of cat---the blues man B.B. King. Great accompanists, especially Duke Jethro.

B.B. King live at the Regal Theatre, Chicago, November 21, 1964
B.B. King-vocal/guitar
Kenneth Sands-trumpet
Johnny Board, Bobby Forte-tenor sax
Duke Jethro-piano
Leo Lauche-bass
Sonny Freeman-drums
MCA Records @ 1964, 1997
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"Put some music in your life and some life in your music"

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