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O Lusitano: Portuguese Renaissance Music C1500


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61840   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel MachadoAnonymousPedro de EscobarMiguel de Fuenllana,   ... 
Performer:  Gérard LesneAndrew Lawrence-King
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length:  1 Hours  5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is salutory, in Columbus year, to have a musical memento in honour of the great maritime achievements and discoveries of the Portuguese while at the same time drawing a little explored corner of the repertory to a wider public. This is clearly the aim of Circa 1500's new release "0 Lusitano". The title refers in general terms to all matters Portuguese, but it also has a more direct resonance in the refrain of possibly the most interesting song on the recording, the anonymous Puestos estan frente a frente. This highly dramatic lament for King Sebastian, "El Lusitano", who was killed in battle against the Moroccan army in 1578, encapsulates the strengths of this disc: Gerard Lesne's clear, controlled but expressive Read more singing--in this item in an appropriately declamatory vein—with a vital and varied accompaniment from Circa 1500 in a simple but effective piece which marks a precise moment in Portuguese history. Not all the other numbers on this recording have this degree of relevance to the intended theme, nor are they all quite so successfully rendered.

Only a very few songs with Portuguese texts survive; even an occasional piece, of great significance to the Portuguese, like Puesto.s es/an frenle a frente is in Castilian, the dominant language, courtly and cultural, for most of the period. So it is perfectly valid to include songs in Castilian by Portuguese composers, or those which would have been known in Portuguese court circles. As if to avoid too much Castilian-texted music, however, Circa 1500 perform many of these songs as purely instrumental versions. No doubt this also reflects the usual orientation of the ensemble, but I for one could easily have taken more from Lesne. Not that the instruments are not superbly played and often imaginatively used. Erin Headley's lirone accompaniment to Senhora del tnundo is a particularly fine example. At times, however, I find there is almost too much 'colour', the combinations of instruments chopping and changing to the extent that the element of 'scoring' achieves undue prominence. Funnily enough, this seems to be a reflection of the old-fashioned concern of early music groups to give every member their turn rather than putting the demands of the music first. Andrew Lawrence-King certainly gets his turn in the most extended (by about six minutes) piece of the recording, a lien/a for harp by Manuel Rodrigues Coetilo. Again, this is played extremely well on a richly resonant instrument (about which, sadly, no information is given in the accompanying booklet—has the sense of discovery of the early early music revival been lost already?), so it seems unfair to quibble. Perhaps the most important thing is that here many fine pieces are presented for the first time in high quality performances. J particularly relished hearing Alonso Mudarra's arrangement for voice and instrumental accompaniment of Pedro de Escobar's fourvoice motet Clamabat autem mulier, and I'm sure you will also find much to enjoy.

-- Gramophone [9/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dos estrellas le siguen by Manuel Machado
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
2.
Já nao podeis ser contentes by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
3.
Perdi a esperança by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
4.
Cuydados meus tao cuidados by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
5.
Testou minha ventura by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
6.
Porque me nao vês Joana by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
7.
Clamabat autem mulier by Pedro de Escobar
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
8.
Secaronme los pesares by Pedro de Escobar
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
9.
Ninha era la infanta by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
10.
Gran plaser siento yo ya by Pedro de Escobar
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
11.
Pásame por Dios barquero by Pedro de Escobar
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
12.
Senhora del mundo by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
13.
Nao tragais borzeguis pretos by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
14.
Paso a paso, empeños mios by Manuel Machado
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Baroque 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
15.
Yo sonhava que me ablava by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
16.
Puestos estan frente a frente by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Portugal 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
17.
(La) Folia de la Spagna by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
18.
Orphenica lyra: Fantasia by Miguel de Fuenllana
Written: pub 1554 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
19.
Tres libros de musica en cifras: Pavana and galliard de Alexandra by Alonso de Mudarra
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1546; Spain 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
20.
Vos senora a maltratrame by Anonymous
Performer:  Gérard Lesne (Alto)
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Written: 16th Cent 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
21.
Mis ojos tristes Ihorando by Anonymous
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Written: 16th Cent 
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
22.
Tantum ergo sacramentum by Cardoso, Manuel, Frei
Conductor:  Nancy Hadden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Circa 1500
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 
23.
Tiento para arpa by Manuel Rodrigues Coelho
Performer:  Andrew Lawrence-King (Double harp)
Venue:  St Paul's,New Southg 

Sound Samples

La Folia
Dos estrellas le siguen
Já nao podeis ser contentes
Perdi a esperança
Cuydados meus tao cuidados
Testou minha ventura
Porque me naõ vês Joana
Fantasia
Clamabat autem mulier
Pavan & galliard d'Alexandra
Secaronme los pesares
Ninha era la infanta
Vos señora a maltratarme
Mis ojos tristes lhorando
Gran plaser siento yo ya
Pásame por Dios barquero
Tantum ergo sacramentum
Tiento para arpa
Senhora del mundo
Naõ tragais borzeguis pretos
Paso a paso, empeños mios
Yo sonhava que me ablava
Puestos estan frente a frente

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