Le Concert des Nations / Jordi Savall

»War and Peace« – Hamburg International Music Festival

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Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall © Toni Peñarroya

A historical panorama of music

No other musician combines works from bygone eras with a topical message to such powerful effect: Jordi Savall – viola da gamba player, conductor, musicologist and star of the early music scene. His new programme »War and Peace« is a diverse musical fresco that evokes an age of battles and ceasefires, starting with the outbreak of the Thirty Years’ War in 1618 and ending with the Peace Treaty of Aix-la-Chappelle in 1748. »The emotion of the music linked here to the historic events allows us, perhaps, to see everything in a new light,« says the Catalan conductor, who was named UNESCO »Artist of Peace« in 2009.

Savall is travelling to Hamburg not only with a wealth of great music, but also with his early music instrumental ensembles Hespèrion XXI and Le Concert des Nations, and his ten-strong vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya. On their search for the authentic sound of the age, they play music from the 17th and 18th centuries. The orchestras are complemented by four musicians from Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey, who enrich the music with oriental sounds. However, the concert comes to a close with Arvo Pärt’s prayer for peace »Da pacem Domine«, which he composed in 2004 in memory of the victims of the Madrid bombings.


Hespèrion XXI

Le Concert des Nations

La Capella Reial de Catalunya vocal ensemble

Nedyalko Nedyalkov Kaval

Yurdal Tokcan oud

Hakan Güngör kanun

Dimitri Psonis santur

Jordi Savall viola da gamba and director


»War and Peace«
from the Thirty Years’s War to the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle (1618-1748)
Works from the Orient and the Occident by Heinrich Schütz, Samuel Scheidt, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Georg Friedrich Händel, Arvo Pärt and others

Pre-Concert Talk

(in German)

19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

Estimated end time



Hamburg International Music Festival

Promoter: HamburgMusik

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