Adio Espana - Romances, Villancicos & Improvisations From Spain / Baltimore Consort

Release Date: 4/28/2009
Label: Dorian
Catalog Number: DSL-90901
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Number of Discs: 1

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ADÍO ESPAÑA Baltimore Consort DORIAN 90901 (61:18 Text and Translation)


ANON Morena me llaman; Avrix mi galanica; Ríu, ríu, chiu; Tres Morillas; Sagaleja del Casar; Calabaça, no sé, buen amor; Tu madre cuando te parió; Yo me soy la morenica; Baila, nena. ENCINA Qu’es de ti, desconsolado; Levanta, Pascual; Una sañosa porfía; Cucú, cucú, cucucú; Ay, triste que vengo; Oy comamos y bebamos. FUENLLANA Morenica, dame un beso. GUERRERO Di, perra mora. MUDARRA Tiento; Triste stava el rey David. ORTIZ Recercada La Spagna; Quinta pars; Recercada primera; Recercada segunda. PISADOR La mañana de Sant Juan. TORRE Danza Alta


The six-person Baltimore Consort is one of the oldest early-music ensembles still on the performing scene. It employs a relatively small number of instruments at any time and produces a varied, sometimes intimate, result. This works well with some of the more expressive songs on this new release that features countertenor José Lemos, who sounds remarkably like a dark-voiced mezzo. (He’s listed as a full member on the album, but is described as a guest artist on its Web site.) The pieces are varied in subject and tone, from the usual digs at cuckolds to a couple displaying the religious triumphalism that followed in the wake of Castile’s historical ascension.


The program is one the Baltimore Consort has been performing for several years, mixing simple, popular songs and dances from the three monotheistic religious cultures that occupied the Iberian peninsula before the conclusion of the Reconquista in 1492. Much of the content is necessarily anonymous, and much else credited by tradition to arrangers, as in the dances drawn from Diego Ortiz’s Trattado de Glosas . Several selections are frequently played in concert by early-music ensembles, such as “Cucú, cucú, cucucú” (with some lovely tone here from recorder specialist Mindy Rosenfeld), Ortiz’s Italian-influenced “Recercada segunda,” and de la Torre’s “Danza Alta,” which if memory serves, I first heard live at a Terpsichore concert while recording it for Minnesota Public Radio in the early 1980s. “Ríu, ríu, chiu” is another perennial favorite, as is “Oy comamos y bebamos.” It all adds up to an exciting, strongly folk-flavored concert, varied in timbre, tempo, and expressive mood from moment to moment, though always played with the expertise one might expect from this group of musicians.


Some listeners may flinch at the near-rock bass line established (but quickly abandoned) by “Calabaça, no sé, buen amor,” or the full, strummed guitar chords and syncopated vocal line in “Tu madre cuando te parió” that come close to modern popular music. The Baltimore Consort may be engaging in a little épater le bourgeois in these cases, or it may just be offering proofs of concept—that rock rhythms do on occasion reproduce much older folk ones, and that the casual speech rhythms of Spanish folk song bridge popular music across the centuries. Regardless, if you can accept and enjoy what you hear, fine and well. In any case, with full bilingual texts and translations, and good if general notes, this one’s definitely recommended.


FANFARE: Barry Brenesal
Works on This Recording
1. Morena me llaman by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Medieval
2. Avrix mi galanica by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Medieval
3. La mañana de San Juan by Diego Pisador
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
4. Trattado de glosas: Recercadas (6) on "La Spagna" by Diego Ortiz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1553 ; Italy
5. Danza a tre "La alta" by Francisco de la Torre
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
6. Tres libros de musica en cifras: Tiento by Alonso de Mudarra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
7. Tres libros de musica en cifras: Triste estava el rey David by Alonso de Mudarra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
8. Riu, riu, chiu by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
9. Tres morillas m'enamoran by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 15th Century ; Spain
10. Di, perra mora by Pedro Guerrero
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1569 ; Spain
11. Trattado de glosas: Recercadas (9) on tenors - no 9, Quinta boz by Diego Ortiz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1553 ; Italy
12. Trattado de glosas: Recercadas (9) on tenors - no 1 on the Passamezzo antiguo by Diego Ortiz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1553 ; Italy
13. Trattado de glosas: Recercadas (9) on tenors - no 2 on the Passamezzo moderno by Diego Ortiz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1553 ; Italy
14. Que'es de ti, desconsolado? by Juan del Encina
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
15. Levanta, Pascual, levanta by Juan del Encina
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1496 ; Spain
16. Morenica dame by Miguel de Fuenllana
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1554 ; Spain
17. Una sañosa porfia by Juan del Encina
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: 1492 ; Italy
18. Sagaleja del Casar by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
19. Cucú, cucú, cucucú by Juan del Encina
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
20. Calabaza, no sé, buen amor by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
21. Tu madre cuando te parió by Traditional
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
22. Yo me soy la morenica by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
23. Ay triste, que vengo by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
24. Oy comamos y bebamos by Juan del Encina
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
Period: Renaissance
Written: by 1497 ; Spain
25. Baila, nena by Anonymous
Orchestra/Ensemble: Baltimore Consort
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