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Luys de Narvaez: Los seys Libros del Delphin de Musica de cifra para taner Vihuela (1538) / Maruri, Infante

Narvaez / Maruri / Infante
Release Date: 08/27/2013 
Label:  Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog #: 100   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín MaruriMarta Infante
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



NARVÁEZ Los seys libros de Delphín de Música Agustín Maruri (gtr); Marta Infante (mez) EMEC 100/101 (2 CDs: 86: 05)


The most important known date in the life of Luys de Narváez is 1538, when he published this collection of vihuela music in Valladolid, the capital of Spain. He dedicated the publication to Francisco de los Cobos, in whose household he had been serving from at least 1526. By the time his patron died in 1547, he was in the royal chapel as master of the choir Read more boys. He is known to have traveled to the Spanish Netherlands in 1549, but his date of death is no better known than his date of birth. His life certainly spanned the first half of the 16th century. The composer was a master on the instrument, and the publication followed by only two years the appearance of the first book of vihuela music, Luis Milán’s El Maestro.


The first two books of Narváez’s publication are original polyphonic fantasias; the third book consists of intabulations of music by Josquin des Prez and others; the fourth book offers variations (diferencias) on two liturgical hymns; and the last book has variations on secular tunes and a basse-danse (baxa). All of this vihuela music occupies a full first disc; the vocal works of Book 5 are on the other disc, accounting for its brevity. This is not only the first complete recorded set of this publication but also the first sizable collection of the music to be played on a guitar, the direct descendant of the vihuela. (Julian Bream once coupled selections from the Milán and Narváez books on the guitar.)


I have heard two previous CDs, each over an hour long, that have substantial amounts of this music. Hopkinson Smith on Astrée ( Fanfare 13:2) played the vihuela, omitting the vocal music of Book 5 entirely but including 11 of the 14 fantasias and nearly all of the other three books. (Earlier, he recorded a disc drawn from the 1536 El Maestro .) In a complementary approach, Juan Carlos Rivera on Almaviva (not reviewed here) included all of Book 5 using a tenor on one song and a soprano on the rest, and played 21 other selections on the vihuela, including half of the fantasias. Beyond those two, a collection of 25 tracks was recently made by Pablo Marquez on ECM and an earlier collection of 18 tracks was made by Lex Eisenhardt for Etcetera in 1991, but I have not heard them. A score of recorded disc collections on my shelves contain individual pieces.


Maruri’s accomplishment is to give us the first complete set of this pathbreaking publication. Many will embrace his performances on the guitar, full of fire, skillful in interpreting Narváez. Some specialists may prefer the delicate subtlety that the vihuela furnishes, with the two discs by Smith and Rivera offering nearly all of the selections between them. Maruri’s mezzo has a darker voice than Rivera’s soprano, Marta Almajano, but her voice fits some of the texts (printed only in the Almaviva booklet) very well, such as the lament for a heron (good guy) pursued by falcons (bad guys). It only remains to point out that each book is played in the published order, while the other two programs were arranged for contrast. If you happen to have either or both of the other two discs, the comparison between guitar and vihuela will keep you busy for awhile.


FANFARE: J. F. Weber
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Works on This Recording

1.
Si tantos halcones by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 
2.
Sanctus and Osanna from Josquin's Missa Hercules dux Ferrari by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
3.
Sanctus and Osanna from Josquin's Missa "Faisant regretz" by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
4.
Fantasia del tercer tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
5.
Fantasia del sesto tono "Fa ut mi re" by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
6.
Fantasia del septimo tono "Ut re mi mi" by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
7.
Fantasia del segundo tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
8.
Fantasia del quinto tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
9.
Fantasia del quarto tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissaince 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
10.
Fantasia del primer tono III by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
11.
Fantasia del primer tono II by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
12.
Fantasia del primer tono I by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
13.
Fantasia del primer tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
14.
Fantasia del octavo tono by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
15.
Diferencias sobre "Guárdame las vacas" by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1538; Spain 
16.
Baxa de contrapunto by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
17.
Arde coraçon arde by Luis de Narváez
Performer:  Agustín Maruri (Guitar), Marta Infante (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Spain 

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