Hespèrion XXI

Hespèrion XXI is an international early music ensemble. The group was formed in Basel, Switzerland in 1974 as Hespèrion XX by Spanish musical director Jordi Savall (bowed string instruments, particularly the viola da gamba), his wife Montserrat Figueras (soprano), Lorenzo Alpert (flute, percussion), and Hopkinson Smith (plucked string instruments). The group changed its name to Hesperion XXI at the beginning of the 21st century. The name "Hespèrion" is derived from a word in Classical Greek which referred to the people of the Italian and Iberian peninsulas.[1]

The ensemble is noted for its scholarship in early music especially the music of 16th and 17th century Spain. Their performance practice is noted for the liberal use of improvisation around the basic melodic and rhythmic structures of the early pieces, resulting in great emotional intimacy and immediacy.


Selected discography

As Hespèrion XX

Note: The name of composer Juan del Encina (or Enzina) is spelled below as printed on the individual CD covers.

As Hespèrion XXI


  1. "About the Performer: Hespèrion XXI". Philpedia - Musicians and Performers Database. LA Philharmonic. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  2. http://www.alia-vox.com/cataleg.php?id=112

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