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Missa Mexicana / Lawrence-King, Harp Consort


Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 2907293   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Francisco EscaladaJuan Gutierrez de PadillaSantiago de MurciaFrancisco de Vidales,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


How much fun can you have listening to a recording? Well, this new release from The Harp Consort on Harmonia Mundi will strenuously test the limits of that question. There is so much musical variety and there are so many sonic delights here that you can't possibly take it all in on a first (or second) listen. Centered around a parody mass by 17th-century Spanish composer Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla – a musician of impressive skill who spent nearly 40 years as maestro de capilla at the Mexican cathedral at Puebla de los Angeles – this engaging program offers a taste of the unusually lively liturgical music scene that thrived in the New World during the 17th century.

If you
Read more can imagine popular dances occupying an important part of the church service – sandwiched between the mass movements were all manner of highly rhythmic and often textually suggestive, "worldly" songs – then you can begin to appreciate the incredibly colorful, atmospheric, and sonically alluring qualities of the villancicos, xácaras, marizápalos, and other idiomatic music offered here, in performances that never fail to hold our attention or keep us happily awaiting the next surprising sound or song. Just try to resist the seductive Madrid street song "Jácaras de la costa," or the "Cumbées," whose roots are so strongly African that you don't even have to wonder as to its origin. There are not only harps, but loads of guitars (six specially constructed, matched Veracruz baroque guitars), along with theorbo, gamba, organ, bajón, sackbut, shawm, and various percussion (and even a conch shell). There are singers – among them some of today's most experienced early music specialists – who really love to sing these sensual, expressive songs, and the instrumental work is unfailingly tasteful and stylish. The sound is ideal. Don't miss this very special, incomparable release, one of the outstanding discs of the year.

– David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing original release HM 907293 Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Canten dos jilguerillos by Francisco Escalada
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
2.
Missa "Ego flos campi": Kyrie by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
3.
Jácaras de la costa by Santiago de Murcia
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
4.
Los que fueren de buen gusto by Francisco de Vidales
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 4 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
5.
Missa "Ego flos campi": Gloria by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
6.
Corrente Italiana by Joan Cabanilles
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
A la xácara xacarilla by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
8.
Missa "Ego flos campi": Credo by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 5 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
9.
Saldivar Codex no 4: Cumbees by Santiago de Murcia
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 3 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
10.
A siolo flasiquiyo by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
11.
Missa "Ego flos campi": Sanctus by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
12.
Marizápalos a lo humano: Marizápalos bajó una tarde by Anonymous
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; Peru 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
13.
Marizápalos a lo divino: Serafin con dulce harmonia by Joan Cererols
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
14.
Diferencias sobre marizápalos by Miguel Pérez de Zavala
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 17th Century; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 4 Minutes 20 Secs. 
15.
Missa "Ego flos campi": Agnus Dei by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 1 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
16.
Convidando está la noche by Juan Garcia de Zéspedes
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 07/2000 
Venue:  Saint-Michel-en-Tiérache Abbey, Aisne 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 

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