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The Voice In The Garden / Christopher Page, Gothic Voices


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55298   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Juan del EncinaAnonymousLuis de NarváezFrancisco de Peñalosa,   ... 
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-KingChristopher Wilson
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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THE VOICE IN THE GARDEN Christopher Page, dir; Gothic Voices; Christopher Wilson (vihuela); Andrew Lawrence-King (hp) HELIOS 55298 (52:08 Text and Translation)


Music of ENCINA, NARVÁEZ, PEÑALOSA, mena, MILÁN, segni, ENRIQUE, anon, fernÁndez-palero


First issued as Hyperion 66653 (17:4), this was as recent as Christopher Page’s early-music repertoire ever got. It was issued a year after a spate of Read more Spanish-oriented recordings marking the voyage of Columbus, and the notes by Page and Tess Knighton were illuminating (as they still are). Knighton had written elsewhere about the use of voices and instruments in Spanish music of this era (as distinct from music of other countries). In essence, recordings were invariably using voices with instruments lavishly, while Knighton argued for instruments only to accompany the solo voice (not ensembles) and Page employed his vocal ensemble here unaccompanied. (Wilson and Lawrence-King play only instrumental solos on this program.) Margaret Philpot (heard here also) had just recorded a collection of solo songs demonstrating Knighton’s viewpoint (now reissued as Helios 55097).


The voice of the title is the voice of God that Adam and Eve heard after the original sin. Hence the songs and motets focus on two ideas: repentance for the sins of our forefathers and prayers to the Blessed Virgin for her intercession on behalf of those devoted to her. Yet this is mostly not sacred music, but popular music of a people that lived their faith. Only four of the 23 tracks are Latin-texted, three of them motets by Peñalosa. The rest are songs found in the many cancioneros , or songbooks that survive from the 16th century. This program remains a striking contrast to the many collections of the repertoire that overload the vocal music with instrumental interludes and accompaniments. As such, it is still an essential contribution, and at the price it is a bargain.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Mi libertad en sossiego by Juan del Encina
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
2.
A la villa voy by Anonymous
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Passe el agoa by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 0 Minutes 35 Secs. 
4.
Harto de tanta porfia by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
5.
Fantasia del tercer tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Vihuela)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Por las sierras de Madrid by Francisco de Peñalosa
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Ne reminiscaris, Domine by Francisco de Peñalosa
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
8.
Cancionero musical de Palacio: Dindirin by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 20 Secs. 
9.
Fantasia del segundo tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Vihuela)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
10.
Ave, Virgo, gratia plena by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
11.
Yo creo que n'os dió Dios by Gabriel Mena
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
12.
Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Fantasia no 10 by Luis de Milan
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Vihuela)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
13.
Precor te, Domine by Francisco de Peñalosa
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 47 Secs. 
14.
Ricercare by Julio de Modena Segni
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1540; Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
15.
Los sospiros no sosiegan by Juan del Encina
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 15th Century; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
16.
Mi querer tanto vos quiere by Enrique
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
17.
Dentro en ei vergei by Anonymous
Performer:  Christopher Wilson (Vihuela)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
18.
Entra Mayo y sale Abril by Anonymous
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
19.
La bella malmaridada by Gabriel Mena
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
20.
Sancta Maria by Francisco de Peñalosa
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
21.
Paseavase el rey Moro by Francis Fernández-Palero
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1557; Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
22.
Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Fantasia no 18 by Luis de Milan
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; Valencia, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
23.
Libro de música de vihuela de mano intitulado El maestro: Fantasia no 12 by Luis de Milan
Conductor:  Christopher Page
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothic Voices
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1536; Valencia, Spain 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 

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