Band to follow up festival with tour
THE headliners of this year’s Glastonbury Festival have announced a new tour.
Brit Award winners Kasabian, closed the festival and are said to be in the form of their lives on stage and on record.
Their new album, 48.13, written and produced by guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, has become their fourth consecutive Number One album .
Support for the tour will come from The Maccabees.
And the band play at the Leeds Direct Arena on November 21.
Tickets go on sale today from the box office on 0844 248 158. CONDUCTOR, composer and viol player Jordi Savall is a living legend who has for the past forty years been the top selling name in the world of Early Music, though, as he relates in a rare interview, it was more by accident than design that he ever became involved.
“I was six years old when I was persuaded to join the school choir in my home town in Catalonia and it seems from that moment my future was in music.
“Twelve years later I went to the Barcelona Conservatory to study the cello, and there I found that some of the pieces I was playing were arrangements of music originally written for the viol, an instrument that had long been forgotten, and I began to wonder what it would have sounded like when it was first composed.
“That set me on the road to look for a bass viol, the parent of the modern cello, and which you hold and play in a very similar way, the main difference being that it has six strings and the cello has only four.
“That was not a major difficulty, as I had played the guitar when I was a young man, which also has six strings, so I basically knew the fingering required. I was then already twenty and just beginning to study music that I knew little about.”
Those were to be his first hesitant steps that eventually led to two years spent as a student of August Wenzinger in one of the few music schools specialising in those ‘strange instruments’ listened to by a quaint musical fringe.
In the years that followed he gathered around him some gifted young period instrumentalists, and in 1974 formed the group, Hesperion XX.
It was to receive highly favourable reviews in the specialist music media, and on a good night they would attract an audience of three or four hundred people mesmerised by the sheer virtuosity of Savall’s playing.
No one at the time could have foreseen that this world would be turned upside down by the film maker, Alain Corneau, who had recently read a book by Pascal Quignard regarding a group of remarkable viol players employed in the court of Louis XIV.
Headed by Sainte-Colombe and his pupil, Marin Marais, their story was full of intrigue, infighting and romantic excursions, and sparked the idea of the period dress film drama, Tous les matins du monde.
All Corneau had to do was to find a performer who could select the music and replicate the audacious technical virtuosity of the famous group. That person had to be Savall.
Most unexpectedly the film quickly gained an international cult status, the haunting music of the soundtrack appearing on a rush released disc that sold over a million copies, and dominated the UK ‘Classical Top 20’ chart for several months. .