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Jordi Savall guardonat al Festival d’Abu Dhabi

Jordi Savall guardonat al Festival d’Abu Dhabi

L’excel·lència artística de Jordi Savall va ser reconeguda amb el premi del Festival d’Abu Dhabi el passat 11 de desembre. Aquest reconeixement, un testimoni profund del seu compromís amb el ressorgiment i la renaixença de la música antiga, va ser lliurat per S.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, ministre de la tolerància i la convivència i patró de l’ADMAF.

Aquest guardó honora la dedicació de Jordi Savall a preservar i difondre el patrimoni musical, subratllant el seu impacte durador en el món de la música i la seva contribució al diàleg cultural a través de les èpoques i fronteres. És un reconeixement al seu compromís de tota una vida en la recerca, la investigació i la divulgació dels tresors musicals del passat.

Els cantants i músics de La Capella Reial de Catalunya, d’Hespèrion XXI, i els solistes del Marroc, Síria i Turquia, dirigits per Jordi Savall, van captivar l’audiència del Festival d’Abu Dhabi, amb una interessant evocació de les músiques de l’al-Àndalus i les seves influències durant el Renaixement Hispànic.

Aquest programa, meticulosament concebut, que abraçava cinc segles d’arrels culturals i històriques de l’Andalús àrab, sefardita i mossaràbic, va emocionar un públic nombrós i entusiasta que va vibrar de principi a fi, seguint l’interessant recorregut històric proposat: From the Medieval Age (Nazari time) to the Golden Age (Felipe II time)”.


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