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Thirty-two years after their Quebec debut, Jordi Savall and Le Concert des Nations return to Lanaudière

Music.  Joliette, Québec, CA, 27/12/2021

Thirty-two years after their Quebec debut, the peerless Jordi Savall and his ensemble Le Concert des Nations return to Lanaudière, bringing audiences the splendour of Versailles in the Baroque period. This rare and exceptional event is the perfect remedy against the winter doldrums, a haven of beauty and warmth.

Winter Joy

It has been a very long time indeed since the Festival de Lanaudière has offered a concert outside of its traditional summer setting—apart from a brief fall edition in 2020—and what a concert it will be! Nearly 32 years after his debut at our Festival and in Quebec, this winter we receive Jordi Savall, one of the most admired musicians in the world. The reasons for Savall’s renown are manifold: a massive discography resulting from sustained research and reflection on societies and cultures that came before us; a desire to share and sustain a living, current tradition with an overarching, timeless vision of history and musical discourse; integrity and authenticity in the service of a unique artistic approach.

For this concert, the Catalan master and his Concert des Nations transport us to Versailles. They beckon us to take a step back with them, and peer into the ever-teeming human theatre at the French royal court—that of Louis XIV especially, but also and concurrently at the courts of his predecessors and successors who bore the same name, where geniuses such as Molière, Rameau, Couperin, or Leclair were employed. For an enchanted hour, a century and a little more appear before us, as if illuminated from within; a century which, moreover, coincides with the full development of New France. This is the work of magicians: to cross the Atlantic in person and in spirit.

This will be an incursion into both the Baroque splendour of the Grand Siècle and the intimacy of the Sun King, reaching forward in time to the first glimmers of the Age of Enlightenment—an ideal antidote to winter’s dreariness. Above all, this will be an encounter with a leading artist, humanist, thinker, pioneer of early music, and tireless apostle of dialogue between cultures. For almost fifty years, Jordi Savall has continually revealed entire dimensions of historical consciousness through his art. It is, thus, an inestimable privilege to welcome him back in our midst, and I look forward to seeing you on this occasion.

--Renaud Loranger, Artistic Director, Le Festival de Lanaudière


A special edition concert at the Festival de Lanaudière

February 26, 7:30pm

Joliette Cathedral

Royal Concerts in the Baroque Versailles

Jordi Savall, conductor and bass viol

Le Concert des Nations:

Manfredo Kraemer, violin 

Charles Zebley, flute 

Philippe Pierlot, bass viol  

Rolf Lislevand, theorbo 

Marco Vitale, harpsichord 

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