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Cristal bello. Músicas a lo divino en la España y el México virreinal del siglo XVIII
Alicia Amo, soprano
Luis Martínez Pueyo, traverso & conductor
Lathika Vithanage, violin 1
Aliza Vicente, violin 2
Ester Domingo, violoncello
Pablo FitzGerald, archlute and baroque guitar
Silvia Jiménez, double bass
Joan Boronat, harpsichord
Total timing: 68:24
Vanitas, VA-16 (2021)
From Spain to New Spain: music and modernity in the 18th century
The first half of the 18th Century saw a major change in musical taste all over Europe. This taste, which musicologists have defined as «galant», took Italian opera seria as its main reference, with its lyrical and cantabile melodies and transparent textures, thereby escaping the rigidness of the rules that had hitherto governed compositional practice. To be fashionable became a composer’s main concern, trying to please both the audience as well as their sponsors, which brought about a continual circulation of new music, especially that composed by Italians. In this regard, the Spanish monarchy was no exception.
The composers included in this recording belong to a generation born around 1700. These musicians were very much influenced by Neapolitan authors such as Leonardo Vinci, Francesco Durante or Leonardo Leo, whose music enjoyed a wide diffusion throughout the whole Hispanic world during the first half of the 18th Century. It was these composers who, on a more regular basis, began writing in Spain for the flute, an instrument which has a special presence in this CD.
(excerpt from booklet notes)
1 Ignacio Jerusalem y Stella (1707-1769). Cristal bello. Aria de flauta a solo con violines y bajo al Santísimo
2 José de Nebra (1702-1768). Sonata de 8º tono*
Aria – Recitado – Aria
3-7 Jaime Casellas (1690-1764). Inmenso amor. Tono a solo con flauta al Santísimo Sacramento*
Aria (Largo) – Recitado – Coplas (Largo) – Recitado – Aria (Allegro)
8-15 Ignacio Jerusalem y Stella. Versos de segundo tono
16-17 Francisco Hernández Illana (ca.1700-1780). Erizada la noche. Cantada al Nacimiento con violines*
Recitado – Area (Andante)
18-21 Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764). Sonata nº 5 Op. 2 en sol menor para flauta travesera y bc.
Largo – Allegro – Largo – Allegro
22-23 Juan Martín Ramos (1709-1789). Sígueme, pastor. Cantada a los Santos Reyes con violines y flauta*
Recitado con instrumentos – Area (Allegro)
*World premiere recording.