La Monarcha - 17th Century Music From The Spanish Territories

Release Date: 10/30/2012
Catalog Number: BRI94352
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
“17th century music from the Spanish territories” covers a broad expanse of land, indeed. The Spanish empire of the senior Habsburg line reached the apogee of its military expansion at that time, before inevitably collapsing under the weight of rebellion, wars with foreign powers, and financial ruin. The Low Countries and sections of Italy, especially Naples, were then territories of the Spanish crown, so the inclusion of 11 selections by the Neapolitan Andrea Falconieri, and a pair of works by the Dutch Sweelinck and Eyck, is not surprising. The album’s scope is expanded still further through works that are based on Spanish themes (Pieter de Vois’s Pavane de Spanje, Corbetta’s Follie, Storace’s Follia), and Pavaniglia by Girolamo Montesardo—because the piece was part of an instruction book on playing the Spanish guitar. That’s more than a bit of a reach, but the music is catchy, immediately accessible, and expressively varied.

Cordevento is a three-person ensemble. Erik Bosgraaf does the honors on soprano, alto and tenor recorders; Izhar Elias performs on both four- and five-course guitars; and Alessandro Pianu can be heard on a positive organ and harpsichord. If that’s not enough textural variety, each of the three also has solos. Technically, they are proficient, and Bosgraaf in particular displays a propensity for perfectly even, cleanly articulated runs at fearsome tempos. This leads to my one complaint of the album. While there’s much pleasure to be derived from this treatment in such pieces as Falconieri’s Corriente dicha “la Mota” and Brando dicho “el Melo,” there’s something to be said for a slightly slower speed that permits the creative use of stylistically appropriate ornamentation. It’s not a major point in an album that brings such casual pleasure, however. With clear, well-balanced sound, this is a fine introduction to some of the lighter musical aspects of the period. It wasn’t all Victoria and Tallis! Recommended.

-- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE [3/2013]
Works on This Recording
1. Il primo libro di canzone: La suave melodia y su corrente by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
2. Corriente dicha la cuella by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Renaissance
3. Il Rosso by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
4. Sinfonia a 2 by Francesco Corbetta
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Baroque
Written: 17th Century ;
5. Tarantelas by Santiago de Murcia
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Baroque
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
7. Pavane de Spanje by Pieter de Vois
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
8. Pavana hispanica by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Renaissance
9. Il spiritillo brando by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1650 ; Italy
10. Corrente detta l'avellina by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Renaissance
11. Alemana dicha Villega by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
12. Follie in G.sol.re.ut by Francesco Corbetta
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
13. La monarca by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Renaissance
14. Follia by Bernardo Storace
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
16. Repicavan by Jan Jacob Van Eyck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
17. Canzon seconda by Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
18. Diferencias sobre "Pavana Italiana" by Antonio De Cabezón
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Renaissance
Written: 16th Century ; Spain
19. La Cavalleria de Napoles con dos Clarines, for guitar in D major (from Instrucción de Música sobre l by Gaspar Sanz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Baroque
20. Instrucción de música sobre la guitarra española: La Esfachata de Nápoles by Gaspar Sanz
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1674 ; Spain
21. La Benedetta by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
22. Corriente dicha la mota by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Renaissance
23. Brando dichio el melo by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1650 ; Italy
24. La Prudenza by Andrea Falconieri
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
25. Pavaniglia by Carlo Calvi
Orchestra/Ensemble: Cordevento
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