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Entre Aventuras Y Encantimentos / Recasens, Et Al


Release Date: 12/05/2006 
Label:  Lauda   Catalog #: 1   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Carlos PatiñoFray GerónimoSebastián Aguilera de HerediaMateo Romero,   ... 
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ENTRE AVENTURAS Y ENCANTAMIENTOS. MÚSICA PARA DON QUIJOTE Àngel Recasens, dir; La Grande Chapelle (period instruments) LAUDA 1 (59:13 & )


PATIÑO Nunca mucho costó poco. GERÓNIMO Al tronco de un verde mirto. AGUILERA Tiento grande. Read more ROMERO Miserere. Árboles, yerbas y plantas. A. GUERRERO O, más dura! VICTORIA Super flumina Babylonis. PUJOL Amor, cuando yo pienso. Yace aqui. CHACÓN Sancho Panza es aqueste. ANONYMOUS Caballero de aventuras. Señora, después. Quien tanto veros desea. Dónde estás? Al villano se la dan. Suelen las fuerzas de amor


This beautifully packaged CD arrives in the United States rather late in the day to fulfill its original purpose, the celebration in 2005 of the 400th anniversary of the publication of Cervantes’s Don Quixote . The program was devised to include music that might have been heard by the eponymous Don or his creator, with each musical item complemented by a quotation from Cervantes’s masterpiece. There are times when the connections appear somewhat tenuous, as in the passage which gives rise to the performance of Victoria’s unexpectedly cheerful motet, the six-part Super flumina Babylonis . Taken from Chapter 9 of Book 2, it tells of the arrival of Don Quixote and his faithful servant Sancho Panza in a village where the Don mistakes the church for the palace of his Dulcinea.


Against that there are a number of ballads taken from the book itself for which music survives, among them the haunting Amor, cuando yo pienso , a song of courtly love sung by Quixote as he leans against a tree while Sancho Panza sleeps (Book 2, Chapter 68). In other cases, the age-old device of contrafacta has been used to adapt appropriate words to existing music. The ballads range from unrestrained boisterousness ( Al villano se la dan ) to a poignant sadness that well illustrates the Don’s ambivalent character ( Señora, después ). While many are attractive, few have any pretensions, leaving pieces such as Sebastiàn Aguilera’s contrapuntal Tiento (the only instrumental music on the disc, and in my view not a particularly interesting piece), the Victoria, and Matteo Romero’s largely homophonic and exquisite Miserere to provide more profound leavening.


Judging from the two CDs of La Grande Chapelle I’ve heard recently, it is a highly flexible group, not one of the singers featured on the Nebra Vespers reviewed elsewhere being common to both. Nonetheless, Àngel Recasens obtains similarly impressive results from the present lineup, which includes six singers, and a highly accomplished instrumental ensemble including recorders, vihuela de arco , violins (would they have been used in Spanish music at this time?), theorbos, guitars, harp, and percussion. All the singers, who include the fine French tenor Hervé Lamy, are excellent, with the sweetly pure singing of the principal soprano, Cécile Kempenaers, giving particular pleasure. Since there are no Spanish musicians involved, I leave others better qualified to determine just how idiomatic the performances are; to my ears they sound pretty convincing in that respect.


I feel rather ashamed to confess that Don Quixote is one of the few classics that I have so far been unable to complete. This excellent tribute might just inspire me to try again. As already noted, the presentation is of high quality, with good introductory notes, full texts, and translations of both the relevant extracts from the book and the songs, and the source of all the music included listed at the end of the 60-page booklet. First-rate sound too. Anyone who is a devotee of either Don Quixote or the byways of late 16th-/early 17th-century Spanish music will find much here to reward them.


FANFARE: Brian Robins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Nunca mucho costó poco by Carlos Patiño
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
Period: Baroque 
2.
Al tronco de un verde mirto by Fray Gerónimo
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
3.
Tiento grande by Sebastián Aguilera de Heredia
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
4.
Miserere by Mateo Romero
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
5.
Arboles, yerbas y plantas by Mateo Romero
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
6.
O, más dura! by Pedro Guerrero
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
7.
Super flumina Babylonis by Tomás Luis de Victoria
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1576; Spain 
8.
Caballero de aventuras by Anonymous
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
9.
Señora, después by Anonymous
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
10.
Quien tanto veros desea by Anonymous
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
11.
Dónde estás? by Anonymous
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
12.
Al villano se la dan by Anonymous
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle
13.
Suelen las fuerzas de amor by Anonymous
Conductor:  Angel Recasens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Grande Chapelle

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