Friday, December 23, 2016

The Courts of Ferdinand and Isabella. Renaissance Music.

New acquisition.
Bought in September 2016.
First listen: 6-9-2016.
Second listen: 23-12-2016.
Label: ERATO.
CD 3 from 6.
Recording dates: January 1991.
Recording venue: The Priory Church of St. Mary and St. Blaise, Boxgrove, Chichester Sussex, England.
Recording engineer: Simon Rhodes.
Running time: 65:26.
Classical relevance: For me essential.

Composers on this disc. (Renaissance)
Alonso de Mondéjar.
Francisco de Peñalosa.
Martin de Rivaflecha.
Lucas Fernández.
Pedro de Escobar.
Alonso de Alba.
Juan del Encina.
Juan de Urrede.
Francisco de Millán.


Performed by: The Hilliard Ensemble.

I already sung praises hearing the first two discs, and the third one is as good. A gorgeous assembly of composers and their musical efforts portrayed in a telling setting. The voices are for me perfect, and I keep being amazed at the perfect dynamics, and the beautiful shading of the text. The balance between voices is something to be admired too, and I could go on and on. The Hilliards are still a reference choir, if it comes to this repertoire, even if they do not exist anymore in this configuration. They have gone on a different path with other singers, not my cup of tea anymore.
Snatch this box for a ridiculous price. Very much recommended. 






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