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Valderrábano : Silva de Sirenes

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"Anyone who has been through Howard Mayer Brown's voluminous Instrumental Music Printed Before 1600 can tell you that one of the most interesting volumes listed in the book is the 1647 Silva de Sirenas: Libro de Music de Vihuela by Spanish composer Enríquez de Valderrábano. It is packed with topical pieces, such as biblical paraphrases on the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem or the story of Judith and elaborations on tunes by Josquin Desprez and Adrian Willaert; many villancicos grace its pages. It also contains the only Renaissance-era music in existence scored for two vihuelas, their parts printed upside down from one another so that the piece can be played by two vihuelists seated at opposite ends of a table. Despite the many interesting titles found in Brown's listing, most of the Valderrábano one encounters on recordings is only found in compilation programs of Renaissance lute music. Harmonia Mundi's Valderrábano: Silva der Sirenas, featuring the multi-vihuela ensemble Armoniosi Concerti and countertenor Carlos Mena, appears to be the very first disc on the market that is all Valderrábano. In general, the vihuela playing is terrific and the studio-made recording is responsive, clean, and free of the kind of reverberation that would certainly swallow such quiet instruments as these. Countertenor Mena is right on the money, causing his voice to float above the gutty picking of the vihuela in a manner of treatment reminiscent of Johann Sebastian Bach's ethereal way of setting the solo voice in some of his chorale settings." (Allmusic review).

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Band/artist(s):
Armonioso Concerti ; Juan Carlos Rivera ; Carlos Mena (counter tenor)
Condition:
Used

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"Anyone who has been through Howard Mayer Brown's voluminous Instrumental Music Printed Before 1600 can tell you that one of the most interesting volumes listed in the book is the 1647 Silva de Sirenas: Libro de Music de Vihuela by Spanish composer Enríquez de Valderrábano. It is packed with topical pieces, such as biblical paraphrases on the destruction of the temple of Jerusalem or the story of Judith and elaborations on tunes by Josquin Desprez and Adrian Willaert; many villancicos grace its pages. It also contains the only Renaissance-era music in existence scored for two vihuelas, their parts printed upside down from one another so that the piece can be played by two vihuelists seated at opposite ends of a table. Despite the many interesting titles found in Brown's listing, most of the Valderrábano one encounters on recordings is only found in compilation programs of Renaissance lute music. Harmonia Mundi's Valderrábano: Silva der Sirenas, featuring the multi-vihuela ensemble Armoniosi Concerti and countertenor Carlos Mena, appears to be the very first disc on the market that is all Valderrábano. In general, the vihuela playing is terrific and the studio-made recording is responsive, clean, and free of the kind of reverberation that would certainly swallow such quiet instruments as these. Countertenor Mena is right on the money, causing his voice to float above the gutty picking of the vihuela in a manner of treatment reminiscent of Johann Sebastian Bach's ethereal way of setting the solo voice in some of his chorale settings." (Allmusic review).

Band/artist(s):
Armonioso Concerti ; Juan Carlos Rivera ; Carlos Mena (counter tenor)
Condition:
Used

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