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The Voice in the Garden - Spanish Songs and Motets 1480-1550 CD

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  • Orchestra: Gothic Voices
  • Conductor: Page
  • Composer: various
  • Audio CD (5 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Helios
  • ASIN: B001L8K17C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Juan Del Encina (1468 1529/30) Mi libertad en sosiego [1'31]
  2. Anonymous A la villa voy [2'50]
  3. Anonymous Passe el agoa [0'33]
  4. Anonymous Harto de tanta porfía [3'58]
  5. Luys De Narvàez (fl1526 1549) Fantasia Tercer tono [2'32]
  6. Francisco De Peñalosa (c1470 1528) Por las sierras de Madrid [1'22]
  7. Francisco De Peñalosa (c1470 1528) Ne reminiscaris, Domine [1'59]
  8. Anonymous Dindirín, dindirín [1'16]
  9. Luys De Narvàez (fl1526 1549) Fantasia Segundo tono [3'05]
  10. Anonymous Ave, virgo, gratia plena [1'44]
  11. Gabriel De Texerana (?1480 1528) Yo creo que n'os diò Dios [2'14]
  12. Luys Milàn (c1500 after 1560) Fantasia 10 [2'37] - Christopher Wilson
  13. Francisco De Peñalosa (c1470 1528) Precor te, Domine Jesu Christe [3'44]
  14. Julio Segni (1498 1561) Tiento [2'55]
  15. Juan Del Encina (1468 1529/30) Los sospiros no sosiegan [1'58]
  16. Luys De Narvàez (fl1526 1549) & Francisco Fernàndez Palero (d1597) Paseàvase el rey moro [2'02]
  17. Enrique (d1488) Mi querer tanto vos quiere [2'14]
  18. Luys Milàn (c1500 after 1560) Fantasia 18 [2'46] - Christopher Wilson
  19. Anonymous Dentro en el vergel moriré [1'31]
  20. Anonymous Entra Mayo y sale Abril [1'03]
  21. Luys Milàn (c1500 after 1560) Fantasia 12 [2'56] - Christopher Wilson
  22. Gabriel De Texerana (?1480 1528) La bella malmaridada [1'55]
  23. Francisco De Peñalosa (c1470 1528) Sancta Maria [2'22]

Product Description

Product Description

Œuvres de Encina, Narvaez, Penalosa, Gabriel, Milan, Modena, Palero, Enrique & anonymes / Gothic Voices - Christopher Page, direction


'An enthralling disc, a wholly persuasive introduction both to this little-known repertoire and to how it should be performed' --(BBC Music Magazine)

'Hyperion's recording is outstanding, even by their normal standards. This amounts to a superstar release. Essential!' --(In Tune, Japan)

'Whatever else you may have, don't miss this' --(Fanfare, USA)

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Gothic voices sing beautifully but the melodies here are not quite as strong as on say "The Garden of Zephyrus"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Academically extreme + GV not at their most polished 10 May 2005
By Maddy Evil - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are always, with any recording of early music, 2 fundamental elements: a musicological one (do the resulting performances bear any relation to what was originally heard?) and an aesthetic one (does it sound good?). Regarding the former, this recording by Gothic Voices provides no exception from their previous releases of pre-1500 music, unsurprisingly given Page's renown as a musicologist. Indeed, there can be little doubt that Cancionero repertory was often performed by voices alone (interested readers should consult the article by Tess Knighton, "The a cappella heresy in Spain...", Early Music XX (1992), pp.560-81). On the other hand, Page is extreme in dismissing 'ensembles of mixed voices and instruments' and the use of viols as anachronistic [liner notes, p.3]. At least one extant contemporary account confirms that the romance (a polyphonic genre) was performed by minstrels and singers 'con sus laudas, y vihuelas, y otros ynstrumentos' (Knighton, pp.577-8). In addition, Oviedo's account of Don Juan (the heir to the throne) proves that people who sang Cancionero repertory (and therefore read notation) also played certain instruments - amongst them 'vihuelas de arco' [i.e. viols]. In any case, it would have been interesting if Page had perhaps exploited the numerous descriptions of multiple voices [trebles] on the top part rather than his favoured one soprano or one alto (especially given his emphasis on scholarship)...

Turning to the aesthetic element, only personal taste can dictate whether this is a successful recording or not; yet for my money, this CD is quite inferior to GV's best recordings, such as The Service of Venus and Mars (Hyperion CDA66238) or The Castle of Fair Welcome (Hyperion CDA66194). Over-emphasis on pseudo-Hispanic accents creates a sound-world which is a) not particularly aesthetic (contributing to moments of patchy intonation), and b) somewhat pastiche (compare these performances with those [also a cappella] of La Colombina [Canciones, Romances, Sonetos...., Accent ACC95111], whose members include several mother-tongue Spanish speakers). The devotional villancicos and motets are more convincing [tracks 10 + 13, etc.], although it is arguably the instrumentalists - Christopher Wilson (vihuela) and Andrew Lawrence-King (harp) - who are the true stars of this recording, providing solos that are sensitive, suave and occasionally virtuosic.

In short, it is difficult to know for whom this recording could be recommended: for those new to this group, there are numerous outstanding GV recordings which should be explored above this one (alongside the 2 above-named, try also The Spirits of England and France, Vol. 4: Missa Caput and the story of the Salve Regina [CDA66857]). Those looking for a cappella recordings of Cancionero repertory should also consider either La Colombina (named above), the Orlando Consort (The Toledo Summit: Early 16th c. Spanish & Flemish songs & motets, HMU 907328) or Ensemble Gilles Binchois (Sola m'ire - Cancionero de Palacio, Virgin Veritas 7243 5 45359 2 5). For those simply wanting a recording of Cancionero repertory, well, the list is literally endless - from the fantastic (if anachronistic) performances of Jordi Savall (on Auvidis Astree and Alia Vox, such as Isabel I: Reina de Castilla) to smaller ensembles (notably Circa 1500 [Music from the Spanish Kingdoms on CRD] and the New London Consort [Music From The Time Of Columbus on Linn]), or even interpretations which are arabic-inspired (Begona Olavide's Mudejar [MA recordings]) or flamenco in style (Mercedes Hernandes and the United Continuo Ensemble [Raum Klang] - available on amazon sites for France, UK and Germany). In short, it just depends on what you're after...!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Spanish Music 18 Jun. 2001
By tenordan - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the first cd by Gothic Voices I ever bought and it remains my favorite. They are my favorite early music vocal ensemble because they let the music speak for itself. The pieces on this recording are beautiful examples of the different styles found in Spain in the 15th and 16th centuries. There are polyphonic motets and homophonic love songs as well as some pieces for solo vihuela (related to the guitar) and solo harp. The rhythms are often lively and the harmonies full and sweet. The singing is wonderful- very focused and pure, in a vibrato-free early style, but each voice still has character and expression.
One of the things that distinguishes Gothic Voices is the organization of some of their their recordings by themes, not just by time period or composer. The theme of this one is stated in the wonderful notes that are included: "This recording is an exploration... of men and women in their fallen state, expelled from Eden with a sword." In many of the pieces there is a sense of longing for something lost- the loss of innocence or of a lost love, or the longing for paradise.
I don't think you can go wrong with a cd by Gothic Voices. And if you are new to the group, this cd would be a nice place to start.
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