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In Mani Dei Catalani

Caravaggia / Coll,Lluis
Release Date: 01/11/2011 
Label:  Musiepoca   Catalog #: 2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  AnonymousMateo FlechaBartolomé CárceresCanconer del d Anonymous,   ... 
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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IN MANI DEI CATALANI La Caravaggia MUSIÈPOCA 002 (67:09)


Music of ANON, ISAAC, FLECHA, CÁRCERES, CEPA, GOMBERT, ILLARIO, PONCE, ENCINA, FERNÁNDEZ, MENA, FESTA, ORIOLA, PASTRANA, ESCOBAR, BAENA, DESPREZ


The title of this CD derives from an exclamation uttered by many Italians when Alfonso Borgia became Pope: “O, Dio mio! La chiesa in mani dei Catalani,” or “Dear God, the church is in the hands of the Catalans.” That’s because this Read more Borgia, the first of his clan to wield great power, was at the time vice chancellor and royal advisor to Alfonso V of Aragon (and a lot of other territories and peoples he gobbled up). After the Kingdom of Naples fell to Alfonso in 1442 it remained for the most part in Aragonese/Spanish hands until the early 18th century, but you won’t find any evidence of mutual musical influence on this CD. Some of these composers served Alfonso’s Trastámaran dynasty, such as Gabriel Mena and Lope de Baena, while Constanzo Festa worked as a music instructor for another Aragonese noble house, Avalos, before moving on to greater fame as a singer/composer for Pope Leo X. Which is a longwinded way of stating that the album’s theme simply provides a convenient excuse to hear some very good music, compiled in Spanish and Italian songbook manuscripts from a large number of European sources over roughly the second half of the 15th century and the first half of the 16th.


Some well-known names occur briefly among these 34 cuts, among them Josquin, Isaac, and Gombert, along with many others that never achieved their level of international prominence. A few pieces are of uncertain provenance, and several owe their origins to the prolific Anon. Nearly everything is arranged by La Caravaggia—a seven-person wind and brass ensemble—from vocal originals that included solo and multipart songs ( not madrigals). Such arrangements were increasingly common in the mid 16th century, with waytes, stadpijpers , Italian amateur academies, and viol and recorder consorts a regular part of the civic and noble spheres of city life. Some selections are familiar under other titles, while several are new to the Renaissance wind consort repertoire.


Variety is the spice of life, and also this album. So the sober, two-part counterpoint of No soy you quien veis vivir , performed on tenor and bass recorders, is followed by the largely homophonic Bella, de vós som amarós that employs the deeper textures of a pair of sackbuts, dulcian, and drum, which in turn gives way to Gombert’s elaborately polyphonic Dezilde al Caballero , pitting a pair of recorders against a shawm and sackbut duo. Very occasionally in lighter material, as in the folk-like La vida de Culin , arrangements progress with each repeat through increasingly complex and energetic textures toward a climax—something that modern scholarship currently considers anachronistic. But it’s possible that performers in broken consorts during the Renaissance noticed how mounting musical tension and improvisation in popular pieces were met with greater enthusiasm from their intended audiences. In any case, it works, and well.


La Caravaggia is a relatively recent addition to the early-music scene. It was founded in 2005 to perform Renaissance and early Baroque repertoire for winds, and has taken part since then in several recording projects with other groups. This would appear to be its first solo recording, and it’s an auspicious debut. The musicians are each technically proficient on a range of instruments, making such mini-ensembles as a recorder trio or cornett duo possible. Their arrangements, discussed above, are varied and stylish, allowing for good use of both lighter wind and darker brass sonorities, as well as various percussion instruments. With excellent sound, this is a learned and lively first release for this ensemble. May it not prove its last.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Undecim apostoli secuti sunt Petrum (Tema del Canon), motet by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 0 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Gentil caballero, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Que farem del pobre Joan by Mateo Flecha
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 48 Secs. 
4.
Soleta yo so açi by Bartolomé Cárceres
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
5.
Soleta i verge estich by Bartolomé Cárceres
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 0 Minutes 57 Secs. 
6.
Rey a quien reyes adoran, villancico for 4 voices by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
7.
No soy yo quien veis bivir, duo by Canconer del d Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Written: 1556 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Bella de vos som amorós by Mateo Flecha
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9.
Dezilde Al Cavallero for 5 voices by Nicolas Gombert
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
10.
O admirabile comercium, motet by Juan Illario
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
11.
Mater patris, nacti nacta (attrib. Heinrich Isaac) by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
12.
Como esta sola mi vada by Juan Ponçe
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
13.
Ya soi desposado, Oy comamos y bebamos by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
De ser mal casada, song by Diego Fernandez
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
15.
De la dulce mi enmiga by Gabriel Mena
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 0 Minutes 52 Secs. 
16.
Vigesima dels 157 contrapunti by Costanzo Festa
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 38 Secs. 
17.
Per la absencia, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
18.
Paxarico que vas a la fuente, song by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
19.
O vos homines by Pietro Oriola
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
20.
La Vida de Culin by Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
21.
Zappay lo campo, strambatto, CM20 by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 45 Secs. 
22.
La Spagna, basse dance by Canciero de Mo Anonymous
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
23.
Ay dime señora, for vocal ensemble by Pedro de Pastrana
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 39 Secs. 
24.
Pues que tú, Reina del cielo by Juan del Encina
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
25.
Las mis penas, madre by Pedro de Escobar
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
26.
Amor pues tú nos das plazer, for vocal ensemble by Lope de Baena
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
27.
A la caça, sus a caça, song by Gabriel Mena
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
28.
A sonbra de mis cabellos by Gabriel Mena
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1520; Spain 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
29.
Llenos de lágrimas tristes, cancion à 3 by Pedro de Pastrana
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 17 Secs. 
30.
Virgen reina gloriosa, for vocal ensemble by Lope de Baena
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
31.
Gloria: Pues naçió, cancion for vocal ensemble by Mateo Flecha
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
32.
Se congié prens by Josquin Des Préz
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: France 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 24 Secs. 
33.
La morra, song for 3 voices by Isaac Albéniz
Conductor:  Lluís Coll i Trulls
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Caravaggia
Period: Renaissance 
Written: circa 1492; Europe 
Venue:  Monestir de Sant Jernoi de la Murtra de 
Length: 1 Minutes 57 Secs. 

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