Folías & Romanescas: Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI

January 18, 2023, 10:00 pm

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El Quitasol (The Parasol), 1777, by Francisco de Goya

Jordi Savall, a major figure in Early Music for almost half a century, has dedicated himself to rediscovering lost musical gems. He’s recorded more than 230 albums of music from the Middle Ages to Baroque, bringing to light Hispanic and Mediterranean musical treasures. Savall first appeared at the Ascona Music Festival in 2009. Savall returned to Ascona with Hespèrion XXI Ensemble with a program of “Folias & Romanescas,” featuring works from the Old and New Worlds.

Recorded live in concert September 24, 2021, in Ascona’s Collegio Papio, as part of the 2021 Ascona Music Festival. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer tonight’s program as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Diego Ortiz (ca 1510-ca 1570) – La Spagna

Anonymous – Folias Antiguas & improvisation, Folias antiguas ‘Rodrigo Martinez’ & improvisation

Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710) – Jácaras, Canarios

Diego Ortiz – Folia (Recercada IV), Passamezzo antico (Recercada II), Passamezzo moderno (Recercada III), Ruggiero (Quinta Pars IX), Romanesca (Recercada VII), Passamezzo Moderno (Recercada II)

Pedro Guerrero (fl. ca 1520-?) – Moresca

Traditional (England) – Greensleeves to a Ground (improvisation)

Traditional (Mexico) – Guaracha & improvisation

Antonio Martín y Coll (1650-after 1734) – Diferencias sobre la Folía

Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739) – Fandango (performed on the Spanish harp)

Anonymous – Folias portugueras (performed on the Spanish harp)

Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584-1654) – Todo el mundo en general

Anonymous – Canarios & improvisation

Antonio Valente (1520-1581) – Gallarda napolitana & improvisation

Jordi Savall: director, violas da gamba
Xavier Díaz-Latorre: vihuela, chitarra
Andrew Lawrence-King: Spanish baroque harp
Pedro Estevan: percussion