Jordi Savall (2009 Handel Prize winner) is one of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation. For more than 50 years he has devoted himself to research into early music, reading and interpreting it either as a gamba player or conductor. Not only his concerts but also his work as a teacher, research and initiator of new musical and cultural projects have contributed significantly to creating a new perspective on early music. Together with Montserrat Figueras he founded the ensembles Hespèrion (1974), La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1987) and Le Concert des Nations (1989). With them he has spent decades exploring and creating a world of emotions and beauty for millions of early music lovers.
In his concert in Halle, the Catalan presents the forces of nature and the spirits of hell as so cogently set in music by some composers of the 17th and 18th centuries. Besides Handel’s famous Water Musick, the programme includes a suite from Gluck’s ballet pantomime Don Juan, which closes with an exuberant dance of the furies, and a ballet suite from Rameau’s final stage work, Les Borèades. Its plot is loosely based on the ancient myth of the abduction of the nymph Oreithyia by Boreas, the god of the North winds. Be prepared for turbulence.