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Villancicos y Danzas Criollas

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
For the uninitiated, the music on Jordi Savall's new Villancicos y danzas criollas disc is a revelation, gleefully crossing lines between sacred and secular, artistic and popular, and, most strikingly, European, African, and Amerindian. The selections included originated between the early 1500s and the early 1700s, and, unlike those on the Harp Consort's similar Missa Mexicana disc, come from Spain as well as the New World. Indeed, the two recordings together offer a perfect introduction to this fascinating, unfailingly enjoyable and often comic repertory. Where the Harp Consort's Andrew Lawrence-King focused on a single Mexican composition and its musical surroundings, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
For the uninitiated, the music on Jordi Savall's new Villancicos y danzas criollas disc is a revelation, gleefully crossing lines between sacred and secular, artistic and popular, and, most strikingly, European, African, and Amerindian. The selections included originated between the early 1500s and the early 1700s, and, unlike those on the Harp Consort's similar Missa Mexicana disc, come from Spain as well as the New World. Indeed, the two recordings together offer a perfect introduction to this fascinating, unfailingly enjoyable and often comic repertory. Where the Harp Consort's Andrew Lawrence-King focused on a single Mexican composition and its musical surroundings, Savall offers a wide-ranging survey, traveling from Montserrat to Mexico to the Peruvian Andes, including pieces in Quechua and Nahuatl, and also making clear that the African influence in this repertory had Old World origins. The percussion section of Savall's group is larger than the Harp Consort's, and Savall turns his percussionsts loose with cross rhythms that vividly evoke the various traditions involved. One piece, the colorful Mexican Christmas villancico "A siolo flasquiyo," is included on both discs; sample the pair for an idea of their differences. Beyond that, Savall has assembled a fascinating program. The liner notes rightly indicate that the European composers approached African and Amerindian music from a purely imperialistic viewpoint; several pieces here are comic Christmas vignettes with Afro-Latin characters, and they have almost the flavor of minstrel comedy delivered in Renaissance musical style. But the confrontation of musical languages often resulted in a true musical "mestissage," as Savall calls it; when snatches of African language burst forth from Mateo Flecha's "San Sabeya gugurumbé," Savall almost succeeds in giving you the ears of a European composer encountering African music for the first time. This disc is joyous, luxurious, and often riotous, an artistic triumph.
New York Times - James R. Oestreich
The overall sense of the lusty performances is one of sheer joy in music-making. This disc should come with a warning: it is compulsively listenable. And when you do set it aside, the tunes and rhythms will gnaw at your mind until you give in again. I recommend losing it, as I do with most of my favorite CD's and undoubtedly will with this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/2004
  • Label: Alia Vox Spain
  • EAN: 7619986098340
  • Catalog Number: 9834
  • Sales rank: 84,296

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Un Sarao de la Chacona - Juan Arañés & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (6:28)
  2. 2 Danza del Hacha, improvisation on Antonio Martín y Coll theme Huerto Ameno de Varias Flores - Anonymous, Spanish & Bernd Müller (2:37)
  3. 3 Di, perra mora (Instrumental) - Pedro Guerrero & Daniele Carnovich (3:26)
  4. 4 San Sabeya gugurumbé, negrilla a 4 - Mateo Flecha & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (5:20)
  5. 5 Hanacpachap cussicuinin (God, Joy of the Universe), hymn - Anonymous, Peruvian & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (5:08)
  6. 6 Jota, improvistaion on a theme from Códice Saldivar - Anonymous, Spanish & Pedro Estevan (3:23)
  7. 7 Ay que me rio de amor - Juan Hidalgo & Juan Hidalgo (2:25)
  8. 8 Tleycantimo Choquiliya - Gaspar Fernandes & Gaspar Fernandes (4:41)
  9. 9 Antonya Flaciquia Gasipà, negro de Navidad a 5 - Filipe da Madre de Deus & Filipe da Madre de Deus (9:55)
  10. 10 Cachua, improvisation on a melody recogida by Baltasar Martínez Compañón, Obispo de la diócesis de Trujillo - Anonymous & Bernd Müller (4:14)
  11. 11 Desvelado Dueño Mio - Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco & Tomás de Torrejón y Velasco (5:48)
  12. 12 A siolo flasiquiyo - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla & Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla (4:22)
  13. 13 Un juguetico de fuego - Melchor de Torres y Portugal & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (7:38)
  14. 14 Convidando está la noche, guaracha - Juan Garcia & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (1:11)
  15. 15 Ay que me abraso, guaracha - Juan Garcia & La Capella Reial de Catalunya (3:26)
  16. 16 Marizápalos a Io divino ("Serafin que con dulce harmonía") - Joan Cererols & Joan Cererols (6:49)
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Jordi Savall Primary Artist
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