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De Vez en Cuando la Vida / Alarcon, Cappella Mediterranea


Release Date: 10/12/2018 
Label:  Alpha Classics   Catalog #: 412  
Composer:  Juan Manuel SerratFrancisco VallsLucas Ruiz de RibayazAnonymous,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leonardo García Alarcón writes: “The memories of my childhood in Argentina always bring me back to the singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat, synonymous with shared family moments… Serrat’s poetry and music around a barbecue in Argentina; “De vez en cuando la vida” made me cry as it has made millions of people cry in Latin America, Spain and elsewhere… Joan Manuel Serrat is part of our life, he is our Jacques Brel!... Or, if we project ourselves back to the sixteenth century, he is in a sense our little Camerata Fiorentina, that movement of Italian poets and musicians in Florence. Serrat has allowed the whole of Latin America and Spain to reappropriate the works of its poets… He has also been synonymous with freedom and the Read more struggle against dictatorial regimes. His song “Mediterraneo” is one of the emblematic pieces of his career. It is almost a hymn that has special resonance nowadays… I asked my good friend Quito Gato to arrange these songs for our ensemble, Cappella Mediterranea. The orchestration retains typical seventeenth-century instruments: recorders, cornett, violins, viola da gamba, cellos, lutes, harp, harpsichord, organ, with some percussion and a double bass. These period instruments allow us to travel back in time and compare Serrat’s romances with the Ensaladas of Mateo Flecha (1481-1553), the polyphony of Guillaume Dufay, and a composition by Juan Cabanilles that recalls a Bach Passion. The Xacaras, a satirical genre from the Spanish Golden Age dialogues with Serrat’s works, as does the Música callada of the Catalan composer Frederic Mompou, transcribed here for the harp.” Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Romance de Curro "El Palmo" by Juan Manuel Serrat
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
2.
Mediterranean by Juan Manuel Serrat
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
3.
De vez en cuando la vida by Juan Manuel Serrat
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
4.
Este vez, cupidillo by Francisco Valls
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
5.
Xacaras por la e by Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
6.
Cançó del lladre by Anonymous
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Written: Catalonia, Spain 
7.
Mortales que amáis a un Dios immortal, for 4 voices & continuo by Juan Bautista José Cabanilles
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: Baroque 
8.
Pare by Juan Manuel Serrat
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
9.
La bomba by Mateo Flecha
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
10.
La presó de Lleida by Juan Manuel Serrat
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
11.
Música callada by Federico Mompou
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959-1967; Spain 
12.
Aquellas pequeñas cosas by Juan Manuel Serrat
Conductor:  Leonardo Garcia Alarcon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cappella Mediterránea
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 

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