Esta Dulzura Amable - Sacred cantatas (2011)

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Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Maria Espada

About a year ago, in the ferocious August heat, I discovered Ambel. Travelling around the province of Zaragoza, searching for an ideal location to recreate the music of José Melchor Baltasar Gaspar de Nebra y Blasco (from Calatayud). Being Godly music with pious texts, the most appropriate place would be a temple. I was looking for a church impregnated with the spirit of Saragossan baroque art; something that would be an added inspiration to that of our work. Naturally, the site had to comply with the necessary acoustic quality, in accordance with the repertoire that we would record, able to do justice to these pieces so filled with minute details and subtle nuances. The Hermitage of Our Lady of the Rosary in Ambel, at the foot of the Moncayo mountain, attracted me with its typical Aragonese blend and contrast of a sober exterior and rich interior. With its dim and fickle lights, with the purity of its materials and with the equilibrium -so difficult to achieve- between space and decor. There are few places like this, where these revived pieces, several of which (the cantatas) surprisingly enough, remained unpublished until I had the great fortune of discovering them overseas. 
Fifteen years ago, my research on Spanish baroque music led me on to the trail of some American archives where -I suspected- I would be able to find some interesting collections of music from the Iberian Peninsula. I crossed the Atlantic and the results far exceeded what I had imagined. Not only did I find numerous and indeed interesting sheet music, but as a result of my journey I discovered that the soul of those antique scores remained unexpectedly alive. Mexican folklore, for example, is a vivid portrait -with the inevitable influences of later centuries- of the music that was made in the old New Spain up to the eighteenth century. The Central American people were dazzled -according to the missionaries’ chronicles- by the richness of Spanish music, which they immediately adopted as their own.

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Eduardo Lopez Banzo

Eduardo López Banzo, born in Zaragoza in 1961, is one of the European conductors who has made Historicism his own musical philosophy with the most conviction, in order to bring his musicians closer to the sources and spirit of each composition, which results in the music sounding fresh and innovative to contemporary audiences after so many centuries. 
A harpsichordist by training, he studied in Amsterdam with Gustav Leonhardt, who encouraged him to champion the cause of Spanish baroque music. In 2002 he received the Medal of Honour of the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands for his work in favour of Antonio de Literes, but it was in 2004 that he achieved major success, when Al Ayre Español, the group he had founded in 1988, was awarded the Spanish National Music Prize, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture, in recognition to their more than twenty years of musicological rigour and performance excellence. This acknowledgement leads to Al Ayre Español becoming a point of reference for historicist interpretation all across Europe.

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Esta Dulzura Amable - Sacred cantatas (2011)

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Eduardo Lopez Banzo, Maria Espada

Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: DCS AD/DA
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf, Fir Suidema
Recording location: Ermita Virgen del Rosario, Ambel, Spain
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Que contrario, Senor - Cantada al Sant?simo- Que contrario, Senor
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Que contrario, Senor - Cantada al Sant?simo- QueCon la paz tu amor convida
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Que contrario, Senor - Cantada al Sant?simo- Que Camine pues en orden todo aliento
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Que contrario, Senor - Cantada al Santisimo- Que Salga el hombre feliz a campana
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Alienta fervorosa- Cantada al Santisimo- Alienta fervorosa
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Alienta fervorosa- Cantada al Santisimo- Vuela, vuela fervorosa
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Alienta fervorosa- Cantada al Santisimo- En su mesa divina
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Alienta fervorosa- Cantada al Santisimo- Ven, ven del Libano
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Sonata en mi menor- Vivo
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Entre candidos, bellos - Cantada al Santisimo- Entre candidos, bellos accidentes
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Entre candidos, bellos - Cantada al Santisimo- Al tierno esposo amante
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Entre candidos, bellos - Cantada al Santisimo- Del mar del mundo horrible y alterado
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Entre candidos, bellos - Cantada al Santisimo- Del pielago violento
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Llegad, llegad, creyentes - Cantada al Santisimo- Llegad, llegad creyentes
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Llegad, llegad, creyentes - Cantada al Santisimo- Alma, bebe del costado
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Llegad, llegad, creyentes - Cantada al Santisimo- Esta dulzura amable
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