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Sol y Luna / Brio

Anonymous / Brio
Release Date: 10/26/2010 
Label:  Dorian Recordings   Catalog #: 92118   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  TraditionalTurkish TraditionalBrioAnonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The four multi-talented players who make up Brio have specialised in music of the sephardic jews and in medieval music generally. The present disc comprises just short of 53 minutes of brief tangy songs from this legacy. These are recorded in red-blooded proximity with the balance shimmying close-up to the listener. One might almost term it a ‘pop balance’ though thankfully there is no trace of synths or electronica. The songs are taken by counter-tenor Jose Lemos though it’s fair to say that he is here more in the nature of a super-caramel tenor than a James Bowman. There is none of that affected stratospheric apparatus we get elsewhere. He sounds almost Mexican in Cafe de Amanecer. Percussion plays a major part and Moroccan voices cross Read more and blend with music of the Spanish and Provencal courts. Some tracks, such as the flitting troubadour-sped fluting progress of Danzas de Salomon leave us almost breathless. There’s the occasional shake or ululation as in Raki and Ir me quero. Back to medieval sobriety and dignified seduction for Ay Linda Amiga. There is a variety of instrumentation too as in the ‘antient musickrie’ and Mediterranean courtyards of Ay Sarica Bre. Paxaro takes us back to the Iberian peninsula with guitar and castanets as well as in the rise and fall of this lissom solo song. Una matica de ruda is in much the same idiom. En la mar is more exotic despite its classical guitar underpinning. Tres Morillas returns us momentarily to medieval manners and modes. All the words are printed in the delightful booklet both as sung and in English translation. If you enjoy the shadow-lands between Spain and North Africa but presented in a lively and unstuffy way then this is certainly for you.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Yo m'enamori d'un ayre, song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2.
Puncha, Puncha, traditional song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Danzas de Salomon, traditional melody by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Café de amanecer, traditional melody by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 40 Secs. 
5.
La vida do por el Raki, song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
6.
Rantante, traditional melody by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 55 Secs. 
7.
Ir me quero by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
8.
Ay Sarica bre, song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
9.
Alta, alta es la luna, Judeo-Spanish folksong (Turkey) by Turkish Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
10.
Páxaro d'hermozura (Bird of Beauty) by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 29 Secs. 
11.
Frego frego, song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
12.
Gerineldo by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
13.
Flauta Persa, traditional melody by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Una matica de ruda by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
15.
Dos Danzas Gitanas, after traditional Sephardic melodies by Brio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Period: Medieval 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
16.
El rey que muncho madruga by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Period: Medieval 
Written: Spain 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 10 Secs. 
17.
En la mar hay una torre, song by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
18.
Tres Morillas (El Cancionero de Palacio) by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
19.
Crai, Crai, Crai by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brio
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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