Hespèrion XX changed its name in 2000 to Hespèrion XXI. For MB purposes Hespèrion XX is being used as a uniform name for both periods for now, with Hespèrion XXI as an alias. If the number of albums produced under the later name eventually exceeds the number under the former name then the name and the alias should probably be switched.
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 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.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license