Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras receive the Midem Classical Awards 2010 prize

Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras receive the Midem Classical Awards 2010 prize


On 26th January Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras received the Midem Classical Awards 2010 Prize for the best early music album for their CD-Book "Jerusalem. City of the Two Peaces: Heavenly Peace and Earthly Peace" (AVSA9863). Every year this prize, adjudicated by fifteen music critics representing leading specialist magazines from 11 countries around the world, honours the most outstanding recordings.

Although this is not the first time that our artists have received this award in recognition of their projects, on this occasion Jordi Savall is especially gratified by the distinction because of the importance of the project: to build a bridge of communication and dialogue between East and West "If we can't achieve this dialogue through music, there is no way we will achieve it; because music is still one of the few areas in which East and West can understand each other."

At the press conference, Savall explained the genesis of the album at Cité de la Musique and, later, when in 2007 he and Montserrat Figueras visited Jerusalem. There they visited synagogues, Orthodox and other Christian churches and mosques, absorbing the various sensibilities and ideas which finally took shape in Alia Vox's CD-Book, a kind of spiritual unity and ecumenism of Peace with the language of music as the only valid interlocutor in a deaf world. "In our Jerusalem project we broke down barriers" said Savall, those spiritual barriers that the trumpets of Jericho destroy at the beginning and end of the CD.

Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras also had words of gratitude for Manuel Forcano and their musicians -representing more than forty different countries and confessions- in Capella Reial de Catalunya, Al-Darwish and Hespèrion XXI, without whom this project would not have been possible: "Some have been our fellow travellers for more than 35 years. We form a family, a team working together, held together by ties of loyalty."

The award recognizes and honours the unity of spirit underlying this recording, its emphasis on communication and its artistic beauty. Savall concluded by saying: "Jerusalem lives with the tragedy of being a holy city for the three religions. It is the site of the temple, it is there that Jesus died, and it is from there that Mohammed ascended to heaven. The greatest danger facing it today is that there is no will to find a political solution to the problem."
(Picture © Nomah)
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