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Vasquez: Gentil Senora Mia - 16th Century Songs & Villancicos / Quink

Vasquez / Quink Vocal Ensemble
Release Date: 09/24/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94711   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



VAZQUEZ GENTIL SEÑORA MIA: 16th Century Songs and Villancicos Quink Ens BRILLIANT 94711 (53:33 Text and Translation)


Juan Vazquez (c. 1510–c. 1560) is one of those composers known to us only through their music, and in the reflected light of a few documents. He appears in Badajoz Cathedral’s capitular acts of 1530, where his job is listed as teaching plainsong to choirboys. He shows up in the record books of the Archbishop of Toledo as a debit of 20 ducats, given to Read more travel to the court in Madrid. His name doesn’t appear there as a chapel singer, but in 1545 we find him engaged as maestro de capilla at Badajoz Cathedral. The only surviving volume of his sacred work, an Agenda defunctorum , includes a preface where Vasquez calls himself a priest, and a native Badajozian. His final publication, from 1560, entitled Recopilacion de sonetos y villancicos , was a reprint compilation. It furnishes the selection of canciones and villancicos heard on this album.


These villancicos aren’t the simple, repetitive, folk-influenced ones that even Francisco Guerrero wrote. While the melodic shape and improvisational quality surrounding repeated verses suggests folk origins, these are sophisticated works filled with independent part-writing and imitative points. The model would appear to be French rather than Italian, given the clarity of Vazquez’s textures, despite the rapidity with which he tosses his themes about between voices. In the canciones , notably Hermosisima Maria , there are cadential phrases popular at the time among Dutch and North German masters. Since the Netherlands were still part of Hapsburg Spain at the time, and some Dutch and Flemish musicians are known to have traveled south to teach and perform, it’s just possible Vazquez was at least influenced by them. In any case, his music is unfailingly tuneful, yet sophisticated enough to attract for its learning and variational content.


In the Quink Ensemble, Vasquez finds an eloquent champion. The balance, clarity, precision, and beauty of the sound produced by these five musicians makes them one of the best current groups of their kind. Given music like this, the results are irresistible. I could wish for a longer disc, but at least with Brilliant Classics you aren’t paying top dollar. Strongly recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quien amores tiene, cómo duerme? by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
2.
Gracias al cielo doy by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
3.
Gentil senora mia by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1560; Spain 
4.
Hermosíssima María by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
5.
No pensé qu'entre pastores by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
6.
Si no os uviera mirado by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
7.
Con que la lavare by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
8.
Por una vez by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
9.
Serrana, dónde dormistes by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
10.
O dulce contemplacíon by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
11.
A, hermosa, abrime cara de rosa by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
12.
Qué sentis, coraçón mio by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
13.
Por mi vida, madre by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
14.
Del rosal sale la rosa by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
15.
Torna, Mingo, a namorarte by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
16.
Morenica m'era yo by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
17.
Qué razón podeys tener by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
18.
Bendito sea el día, punto y ora by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
19.
Amor, virtud y nobles pensamientos by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble
20.
Dexa ya tu soledad by Juan Vasquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quink Vocal Ensemble

Sound Samples

Hermosissima Maria
Gentil senora mia
Gracias al cielo doy
No pense qu'entre pastores
Quien amores tiene como duerme?
Si no os uviera mirado
Con que la lavare?
Por una vez
Serrana, donde dormistes?
O dulce contemplacion
A, hermosa, abrime cara de rosa
Que sentis, coracon mio
Por mi vida, madre
Del rosal sale la rosa
Torna, Mingo, a namorarte
Morenica m'era yo
Que razon podeys tener
Bendito sea el dia, punto y ora
Amor, virtud y nobles pensamientos
Dexa ya tu soledad

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