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Torrejón Y Velasco: La Púrpura De La Rosa

Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77355   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco
Performer:  Judith MalafronteEllen HargisMaria Del mar DovalJohanna Almark,   ... 
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the New World's first opera, and surely counts as one of the most beguiling revelations ever heard on disc.

Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco, born in Spain in 1644, worked in Peru from 1667 until his death in 1728. The New Grove lists among his many significant achievements the composition of the memorial vespers for Charles II in 1701, and, later the same year, the performance of this opera in celebration of Philip V's eighteenth birthday. La Purpura de la Rosa is, in fact, the New World's first opera, a setting of a colourfully allusive, opulent verse play by Pedro Calderon. The flavour of the piece is more akin to that of the formal Intermedii of late sixteenth century Florence than to fully-fledged
Read more opera. That's due not least to the fact that there's no recitative to carry the narrative along, although the story – of Venus (Judith Malafronte) and Adonis (Ellen Hargis – does have a beginning, middle and end. Instead Torrejon y Velasco infuses his florid drama with a variety of forms, using learned and unlearned folk forms to represent in turn gods and peasants. An infectious spirit of improvisation is apparent throughout Andrew Lawrence-King's beautifully coloured realisation of an edition made by him and Louise K. Stein for the recording. Indeed, from the opening sounds of the chinfonia - a dance in the form of a chaconne, with violin and gently plucked strings alternating and combining in successive variations – this release counts as one of the most beguiling revelations I have ever heard on disc.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Stephen Pettitt, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

La púrpura de la rosa by Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco
Performer:  Judith Malafronte (Mezzo Soprano), Ellen Hargis (Soprano), Maria Del mar Doval (Mezzo Soprano),
Johanna Almark (Soprano), Santina Tomasello (Voice), Gabriela de Geanx (Voice),
Caitríona O'Leary (Voice), Jennie Cassidy (Mezzo Soprano), Päivi Järviö (Mezzo Soprano),
Gloria Banditelli (Alto), Douglas Nasrawi (Tenor), Nancy Mayer (Voice),
Josep Cabré (Baritone), Hille Perl (Lirone), David Douglass (Violin),
Hille Perl (Viola da gamba), Steve Player (Guitar), Pat O'Brien (Guitar),
Paul O'Dette (Guitar), Mike Fentross (Guitar), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Guitar),
Graham Nicholson (Trumpet), William Roth (Trumpet), Pedro Estevan (Percussion),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Harp), Steve Player (Castanets), Steve Player (Voice),
Mike Fentross (Theorbo), Thomas Ihlenfeldt (Theorbo), Andrew Lawrence-King (Harpsichord),
Andrew Lawrence-King (Organ), David Douglass (Violone)
Conductor:  Andrew Lawrence-King
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harp Consort
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1701; Lima, Peru 
Length: 136 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 

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