The maestro’s lament: An interview with Jordi Savall

By Ian Dando In Music

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28th February, 2013
Womad’s high-flyer for its 2013 festival is Catalan Jordi Savall. On the phone to Barcelona, I ask him which honour is closest to his heart – from his ambassador-of-peace citations from Unesco, Europe and Germany, honorary university doctorates and numerous prizes and Grammies for his Alia Vox label of over 170 CDs. “Gaining the 2012 Léonie Sonning Music Prize,” he says. “This is the musician’s Nobel equivalent. Stravinsky was the first winner in 1959, followed by other composers such as Lutoslawski, Messiaen, Boulez, Ligeti, and performers such as Barenboim and Fischer-Dieskau.” Not ...

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