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Madrid was unmoved by opera's growing popularity in Europe. Donald Macleod explores how composers at the Spanish court looked for their own way of bringing music into the theatre.

Donald Macleod explores the little-known music of 17th and 18th-century Spain.

The Italian invention of opera was rapidly taking Europe by storm but Madrid failed to be charmed by its new-fangled recitatives and arias. Donald considers how composers at the Spanish court looked for their own way of bringing music into the theatre.

Jose Marin: Ojos, pues me desdenais
Ensemble La Romanesca
Jose Miguel Moreno
Glossa GCD 920201 Tr 5

Jose Marin: Aquella sierra Nevada
Francisco Guerau: Marionas
Jose Marin: No piense Menguilla
Ensemble La Romanesca
Jose Miguel Moreno (director)
Glossa GCD 920201 Trs 12, 15 and 14

Juan Hidalgo: Ay amor, ay ausencia
Marta Almajano (soprano)
Juan Carlos Rivera (archlute)
Mike Fentross (baroque guitar)
Ventura Rico (viola da gamba)
Harmonia Mundi HMI987028 Tr 6

Anon/Guerau: Suite
Extempore String Ensemble
Helios CDH55098 Tr 4

Antonio de Literes: Acis y Galatea (excerpt)
Acis ...... Lola Casariego (mezzo-soprano)
Galatea ...... Marta Almajano (soprano)
Glauco ...... Xenia Meijer (mezzo-soprano)
Nereida ...... Maria Luz Alvares (soprano)
Tisbe ...... Marina Pardo (mezzo)
Momo ...... Jordi Ricart (baritone)
Al Ayre Espanol
Eduardo Lopez Banzo (director)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472775222 Trs 16-25.

1 hour

Music Played

  • José Marin

    Ojos, pues me desdeñáis

    Performer: Ensemble La Romanesca Performer: José Miguel Moreno (dir)

    • Glossa, GCD 920201.
    • 5.
  • José Marin

    Aquella sierra Nevada

    Performer: Ensemble La Romanesca Performer: José Miguel Moreno (dir)

    • Glossa, GCD 920201.
  • Francisco Guerau

    Marionas

    Performer: Ensemble La Romanesca Performer: José Miguel Moreno (dir)

    • Glossa, GCD 920201.
  • José Marin

    No piense Menguilla

    Performer: Ensemble La Romanesca Performer: José Miguel Moreno (dir)

    • Glossa, GCD 920201.
  • Juan Hidalgo

    Ay amor, ay ausencia

    Performer: Marta Almajano (soprano) Performer: Juan Carlos Rivera (archlute) Performer: Mike Fentross (baroque Guitar) Performer: Ventura Rico (viola da gamba)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMI987028.
    • 6.
  • Anon./Guerau

    Suite

    Performer: The Extempore String Ensemble

    • Helios CDH55098.
    • 4.
  • Antonio de Literes

    Acis y Galatea (extract)

    Performer: Lola Casariego (mezzo, Acis) Performer: Marta Almajano (soprano, Galatea) Performer: Xenia Meijer (mezzo, Glauco) Performer: María Luz Álvares (soprano, Nereida) Performer: Marina Pardo (mezzo, Tisbe) Performer: Jordi Ricart (baritone, Momo) Performer: Al Ayre Español Performer: Eduardo López Banzo (dir)

    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 05472775222.

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