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Jordi Savall galardonado en el Festival de Abu Dhabi

Jordi Savall galardonado en el Festival de Abu Dhabi

La excelencia artística de Jordi Savall fue reconocida con el premio del Festival de Abu Dhabi el pasado 11 de diciembre. Este reconocimiento, un testimonio profundo de su compromiso con el resurgimiento y renacimiento de la música antigua, fue entregado por S.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, ministro de la tolerancia y la convivencia, y patrón de ADMAF.

Este premio honra la dedicación de Jordi Savall a preservar y difundir el patrimonio musical, destacando su impacto perdurable en el mundo de la música y su contribución al diálogo cultural a través de épocas y fronteras. Es un reconocimiento a su compromiso de toda una vida en la investigación, exploración y divulgación de los tesoros musicales del pasado.

Los cantantes y músicos de La Capella Reial de Catalunya, de Hespèrion XXI, y los solistas de Marruecos, Siria y Turquía, dirigidos por Jordi Savall, cautivaron al público del Festival de Abu Dhabi con una interesante evocación de las músicas del al-Ándalus y sus influencias durante el Renacimiento Hispánico.

Este programa meticulosamente concebido, que abarcaba cinco siglos de raíces culturales e históricas de la Andalucía árabe, sefardí y mozárabe, emocionó a un público numeroso y entusiasta que vibró de principio a fin, siguiendo el interesante recorrido histórico propuesto: «Desde la Edad Medieval (época Nazarí) hasta la Edad Dorada (época de Felipe II)».


Words of gratitude during the award ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Festival

Your Excellencies Sheikn Nahyan Mabarak al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Madame Huda I. Alhamis-Kanoo, ladies, gentlemen, dear friends,

I am very honored to receive this prestigious distinction from the Abu Dhabi Festival, which throughout its history has been awarded to many exceptional artists, many of whom I know and admire.

I receive it in my name, of course, but I would like to share it as well with all the musicians and collaborators who have accompanied me, faithfully and with passion, throughout half a century of dedication to music and intercultural dialogue. This dialogue was already fundamental in that part of southern Europe which the Greeks called “the Hesperides”, the place where one could find golden fruits that were the source of life and eternity. Around the first millennium, this Iberian Peninsula saw the birth of the magnificent civilization of Al Andalus, so well represented by Granada, Seville, and Cordoba which were great centers of art, culture, science, and spirituality. In these places a poetic and musical culture flourished which inspired the art of the great poet-troubadours of Occitania, and which welcomed into its bosom the cultures of Sephardic Jews and Mozarabic Christians. In our concert next Monday, we will pay homage to this rich Andalusian heritage.

We call this historical and musical evocation «a dialogue of souls», in homage to our dear and admired friend Amin Maalouf, who knew that «if our disoriented humanity is to regain some shred of hope, we must go well beyond a dialogue of cultures and beliefs to engage in a dialogue of souls. At the beginning of the 21st century, that is the indispensable mission of art”. This mission is more essential than ever, now that thousands of human beings – at the risk of their lives – seek help and refuge far from their countries because of wars, poverty, or intolerance. Let us take advantage of the wonderful fact that music is our true common language to give it back the place it deserves in education, culture, and life today.

I cannot finish my words of gratitude and hope without remembering the thousands of innocent human beings who are suffering and dying so close to us. This is why I want to express here all my solidarity with the families of the hostages and the victims of the war in Gaza and Israel. Above all, I want to appeal for humanity and an immediate end to the intolerable and indiscriminate massacre of the civilian population in Gaza.

Jordi Savall,

Abu Dhabi December 9, 2023