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El Aire Se Serena: Music from the Courts and Cathedrals of 16th-Century Spain by Various Composers / Seldome Sene

Album Summary

>de Cabezón, Antonio : Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria, for keyboard (after Josquin Desprez)
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Missa 'Dormendo un giorno' (Liber primus missarum, Paris, 1566)
>de Cabezón, Antonio : Durmendo un jorno (after Verdelot)
>Verdelot, Phillippe : Dormend'un giorno a Baia, madrigal for 5 voices
>Morales, Cristóbal de : Lamentabatur Jacob
>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ascendens Christus in altum, motet for 5 voices
>de Cabezón, Antonio : Triste de par (after Gombert)
>Vasquez, Juan : Lagrimas de mi consuelo
>Torre, Francisco de la : Alta à 3 (Danza sobre La Spagna)
>Caroso, Fabritio : Amor mio, balletto (from "Il ballarino")
>Milano, Francesco da : La Spagna
>Lobo, Alonso : Ave Regina Caelorum, motet
>Peñalosa, Francisco de : Adoro te, Domine Jesu Christe
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Missa pro defunctis (Liber primus missarum..., Paris, 1566)
>de Cabezón, Antonio : Susana un Jur, Glossada De. . .
>Anonymous, Cancionero de Palacio : Riu, riu chiu, villancico
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria, motet for 5 voices
>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Hombres Victoria, Victoria, for voices (Canciones y villanescas espirituales)
>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This illustrious album presents music from the Courts and Cathedrals of 16th-century Spain. Composers featured include Cabezon, Geurrero, Vasquez, Penalosa, Victoria, Milano, Morales, Lobo, Torre, and Caroso. The music is performed by Seldom Sene- a recorder ensemble from the Netherlands. Early Music Review wrote of the ensemble: "Seldom Sene perceptively exploited a range of contrasting textures, and was the only ensemble of the day whose memorization of the dots enabled unbridled spontaneity."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015).



Reviews

"Heavenly Sound"
You might say that this project was inspired by an aesthetic ideal. Organist and music theorist, Francisco de Salinas (1513-1590) posited that great music consists of equal measures of the sensorial and the spiritual. That music reminds the soul of its holy origin and induces a state of tranquility and spiritual blessedness. The 19 selections included here illustrate this ethos. Performing material drawn primarily from indigenous sources heavily influenced by the influx of Franco-Flemish composers into 16th century Spain, Seldom Sene showcases the creativity and sophistication of these Renaissance masters. The preponderance of pieces are vocal in origin and polyphonic in texture. All of the excellent arrangements were prepared by one of the groups members, Maria Martinez Ayerza, who asserted that the recorder quintets goal was to translate purely vocal elements into instrumental equivalents. On balance, she and her colleagues were successful. Although, it must be admitted that 68 minutes of unaccompanied recorder quintet might be tough sledding for some. Its advisable to experience this disc in installments. Even tranquility and spiritual blessedness have their limitations. This is not to demean the finished product. It is first rate in every regard: intonation, balance, ensemble, articulation, etc. The sound is three dimensional and warmly intimate. There is no trace of the smearing or coloration that can often mar a recording such as this. The superb liner notes are by Ms. Ayerza.
Submitted on 05/27/16 by Allen Cohen 
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Works Details

>de Cabezón, Antonio : Inviolata, integra et casta es, Maria, for keyboard (after Josquin Desprez)
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Missa 'Dormendo un giorno' (Liber primus missarum, Paris, 1566) :: Agnus Dei III
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1566

>de Cabezón, Antonio : Durmendo un jorno (after Verdelot)
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Verdelot, Phillippe : Dormend'un giorno a Baia, madrigal for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1536

>Morales, Cristóbal de : Lamentabatur Jacob
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Victoria, Tomás L. de : Ascendens Christus in altum, motet for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1572

>de Cabezón, Antonio : Triste de par (after Gombert)
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Vasquez, Juan : Lagrimas de mi consuelo
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Torre, Francisco de la : Alta à 3 (Danza sobre La Spagna)
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1483-1504

>Caroso, Fabritio : Amor mio, balletto (from "Il ballarino")
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Milano, Francesco da : La Spagna
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Lobo, Alonso : Ave Regina Caelorum, motet
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Peñalosa, Francisco de : Adoro te, Domine Jesu Christe
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Missa pro defunctis (Liber primus missarum..., Paris, 1566) :: Lux aeterna
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1582

>de Cabezón, Antonio : Susana un Jur, Glossada De. . .
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Anonymous, Cancionero de Palacio : Riu, riu chiu, villancico
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Trahe me post te, Virgo Maria, motet for 5 voices
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Guerrero, Francisco (Renaissance) : Hombres Victoria, Victoria, for voices (Canciones y villanescas espirituales)
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1589

>Desprez, Josquin : Inviolata, integra et casta es, motet for 5 parts
  • Ensemble: Seldom Sene (Recorder Quintet)
  • Notes: Schuilkerk de Hoop, diemen (The Netherlands) (08/24/2015-08/27/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: by 1502