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Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Juan García de Salazar was a Spanish Baroque composer from the Basque country who spent most of his career working at Zamora Cathedral; he is so obscure the entry for him in the New Grove doesn't even include a list of his works. Musicologist Manuel Sagastume Arregi has pulled together a number of Salazar's extant movements related to the Vespers service with additional material to create Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady in Naxos' Spanish Classics series. It is performed by the Basque ensemble Capilla Peñaflorida and features the period wind group Ministriles de Marsias and the fine baritone of Josep Cabré. There are no stars here, though -- ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Juan García de Salazar was a Spanish Baroque composer from the Basque country who spent most of his career working at Zamora Cathedral; he is so obscure the entry for him in the New Grove doesn't even include a list of his works. Musicologist Manuel Sagastume Arregi has pulled together a number of Salazar's extant movements related to the Vespers service with additional material to create Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady in Naxos' Spanish Classics series. It is performed by the Basque ensemble Capilla Peñaflorida and features the period wind group Ministriles de Marsias and the fine baritone of Josep Cabré. There are no stars here, though -- everything on Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady is done to the service of the music, which is outstanding. Sagastume Arregi's realization of García de Salazar's Vespers service incorporates appropriate plainchant sections taken from a Basque hymnal dated 1692, organ music by García de Salazar's contemporaries José Ximenez and Martín Garcia de Olagüe, instrumental arrangements of García de Salazar's motets, and an arrangement of Tomás Luis de Victoria's "Vidi speciosam" probably made by García de Salazar himself. Although technically Baroque music and dating from the late seventeenth century, it is not surprising that García de Salazar's music contains a fair amount of modeling from Renaissance practices. The organ music, played by Javier Sarasúa, is splendid and played on a single-manual instrument that betrays that distinctive nasal tonal quality endemic to Spanish organs. Most of the texts are in Latin, but there are a few sections scored out in rapid-fire Castilian Spanish, as well. One can hardly think of a genre more obscure than Basque Baroque sacred music, and the resulting lack of familiarity might serve to scare some potential listeners away. They would be missing out, because everything about Juan García de Salazar: Complete Vespers of Our Lady is glorious and beautiful -- the singing, the ambience of the unnamed cathedral in Villabuena where this was recorded, the instrumental playing, organ, and music. Rather than pulling something out of the mothballs that was better left in the closet, Manuel Sagastume Arregi has discovered through his hard work on behalf of Basque sacred music an entire musical style that should prove a revelation, and a delight, to all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313590728
  • Catalog Number: 8555907
  • Sales rank: 254,180

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Regina Coeli, motet - Juan Garcia de Salazar & El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1:28)
  2. 2 Dues in adjutorium meum - Domine ad adjuvandum me, invitatorio (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:51)
  3. 3 Dum esset, antiphon (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:45)
  4. 4 Psalm 109: Dixit Dominus - Josep Cabré & Juan Garcia de Salazar (4:46)
  5. 5 Quae es ista, motet - Isabel Alvarez & Juan Garcia de Salazar (4:10)
  6. 6 Verso de clarín 1, for organ - Martin Garcia de Olagüe & El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (0:56)
  7. 7 Laeva ejus, antiphon (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:34)
  8. 8 Psalm 112: Laudate pueri Dominum, organ verses (alternating with plainchant) - Josep Cabré & Martin Garcia de Olagüe (3:04)
  9. 9 O gloriosa Virginum, motet - Isabel Alvarez & Juan Garcia de Salazar (3:08)
  10. 10 Nigra sum, antiphon (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:42)
  11. 11 Psalm 121: Laetatus sum - Josep Cabré & Juan Garcia de Salazar (5:08)
  12. 12 Sub tuum praesidium, motet - Isabel Alvarez & Juan Garcia de Salazar (3:06)
  13. 13 Da pacem, Domine, motet - Juan Garcia de Salazar & El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (2:10)
  14. 14 Jam hiems, antiphon (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:33)
  15. 15 Pslam 126: Nisi Dominus, organ verses (alternating with plainchant) - Josep Cabré & Martin Garcia de Olagüe (2:17)
  16. 16 Vidi speciosam, motet (after Tomás Luis de Victoria) - Josep Cabré & Juan Garcia de Salazar (4:06)
  17. 17 Verso de clarín 2, for organ - Martin Garcia de Olagüe & El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (0:41)
  18. 18 Speciosa, antiphon (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:32)
  19. 19 Psalm 147: Lauda, Jerusalem, Dominum - Josep Cabré & Juan Garcia de Salazar (4:43)
  20. 20 Veni, sponsa Christi, motet - Juan Garcia de Salazar & El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (1:35)
  21. 21 Ave maris stella, hymn - Jon Bagues & Juan Garcia de Salazar (4:47)
  22. 22 Batalla del sexto tono, for organ - José Ximénez & El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) (4:35)
  23. 23 Sancta Maria, succurre miseris, motet - Juan Garcia de Salazar & Josep Cabré (3:40)
  24. 24 Magnificat - Josep Cabré & Juan Garcia de Salazar (6:19)
  25. 25 Benedicamus Domino (Vitoria-Gasteiz Convent, Álava, 1692) - Josep Cabré & Plainchant (0:44)
  26. 26 Salve Reyna - Isabel Alvarez & Juan Garcia de Salazar (3:41)
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Josep Cabré Primary Artist
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