An email from Spain informs me of the death of Montserrat Figueras, wife of Jordi Savall and voice of their influential early music ensemble, Hespèrion XXI, which they founded in Switzerland in 1974.
She and the group were pioneers in exploring the multicultural foundations of medieval and renaissance music in Europe. Of late, they issued lavish recordings of Mediterranean music. Her daughter Arianna and son Feran also performed with the ensemble.
Earlier this year, Montserrat became one of only 29 people to receive the Cross of San Jordi from the government of her native Calaonia. She will be sorely missed. The letter announcing her death follows below. The funeral is on Friday.
With deep sadness we are writing to inform you that after a year struggling, our loved Montserrat left us last night. Her voice, her humanity and her spiritual brightness will be with us forever.
Those who would like to say farewell to her, will be wellcomed today at our home in Bellaterra (Av. Balmes, 4) from 16 to 21 h and tomorrow from 10 to 15 h.
The funeral will be on friday at 10. We will confirm the place by tomorrow morning.
Thank you for your comfort.
Jordi, Arianna and Ferran
Here is a video clip of her singing Dal mio Permesso in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.