The Kingdoms of Castille

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Early Baroque music was dominated by the virtuoso violinists and composers of Italy, though the Spanish influence held sway for two centuries in the regions under Castilian rule, including not only Spain itself, but also Naples and colonies in Latin America. The Spanish style in vocal and instrumental music, which grew out of the Renaissance and was infused with the cultural strains of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Gypsy music, as well as folk elements found in the New World, is the subject of this album by Baroque guitarist Richard Savino and the period ensemble El Mundo. While a good portion of the program is devoted to Spanish musicians of the Hapsburg court, such ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Early Baroque music was dominated by the virtuoso violinists and composers of Italy, though the Spanish influence held sway for two centuries in the regions under Castilian rule, including not only Spain itself, but also Naples and colonies in Latin America. The Spanish style in vocal and instrumental music, which grew out of the Renaissance and was infused with the cultural strains of Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Gypsy music, as well as folk elements found in the New World, is the subject of this album by Baroque guitarist Richard Savino and the period ensemble El Mundo. While a good portion of the program is devoted to Spanish musicians of the Hapsburg court, such as José Marín and Juan Hidalgo, a few unexpected figures appear in their company. Domenico Scarlatti and George Frederick Handel both composed music in the Spanish style, and they are included, along with a handful of Italians, such as Francesco Manelli, Luigi Mazzochi, and Andrea Falconieri, as well as Peruvian composer José de Orejón y Aparicio, and Jesuit missionary Domenico Zipoli. To cover so much ground and to sample the changing styles of the 17th and 18th centuries necessitates a cursory sampling, and this album doesn't go deeply into any of the different areas it surveys. But El Mundo's polished playing and idiomatic vocals provide enough of the period's flavors to give the curious listener a helpful opening into a rich field of Baroque music that is increasingly being explored by early music groups. The reproduction is clean and focused, and the recording is well-balanced throughout, with relatively even volume levels.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2011
  • Label: Sono Luminus
  • UPC: 053479213129
  • Catalog Number: 92131
  • Sales rank: 170,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sinfonia No.5 for 2 violins and continuo in A minor - Domenico Scarlatti & Richard Savino (2:39)
  2. 2–4 Nó se emenderà jamás, cantata, HWV 140 - George Frideric Handel & Richard Savino (5:33)
  3. 3 Sdegno campion audace, cantata for voice & continuo - Domenico Mazzocchi & Virgilio Mazzocchi (2:37)
  4. 4 Corazón que en prisión, song - José Marín & Richard Savino (3:33)
  5. 5 Las Folías - Anonymous, Spanish & Richard Savino (7:05)
  6. 6 Esperar, sentir, morir - Juan Hidalgo & Richard Savino (3:24)
  7. 7 Ciaccona (from Il primo libro de canzoni) - Andrea Falconieri & Richard Savino (2:57)
  8. 8 No sé yo cómo es, for voice & guitar (continuo) - José Marín & Richard Savino (3:53)
  9. 9 Brando dicho El Melo - Andrea Falconieri & Richard Savino (1:48)
  10. 10 Corriente dicha la cuella - Andrea Falconieri & Richard Savino (1:14)
  11. 11 Corriente dicha la mota - Andrea Falconieri & Richard Savino (1:11)
  12. 12 Ausente del Alma - Rafael Antonio Castellanos & Richard Savino (5:08)
  13. 13 Oygan una xacarilla - Rafael Antonio Castellanos & Richard Savino (4:49)
  14. 16–18 Ah del día - José de Orejon y Aparicio & Richard Savino (8:15)
  15. 19–24 San Ignacio de Loyola, chamber opera - Domenico Zipoli & Richard Savino (12:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Richard Savino Primary Artist
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