- 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)
The Voice in the Garden - Spanish Songs and Motets 1480-1550 CD
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'An enthralling disc, a wholly persuasive introduction both to this little-known repertoire and to how it should be performed' --(BBC Music Magazine)
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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...!
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.