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Nao de China - Music of the Spanish trade route to the Far East
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La Folia (Pedro Bonet, Belen Gonzales Castano (recorders))
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COLUMNA MUSICA 1CM0260 [52:27] 

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This disc from Spanish company Columna Musica presents Spanish music for recorders, here performed by La Folia.
The rather good booklet notes - once one has found them, at the back, after the Spanish and Chinese versions - give a thorough and in-depth explanation of the historic background of the music; the establishment of trade routes across the Atlantic and the way in which various treaties divided the ‘resources’ between Spain and Portugal. This led eventually to the first circumnavigation of the globe, which brought the Spanish into contact with the Chinese people. The parallels between the musical cultures is explored, taking as a context the similarity of social and political structures between the two countries. Despite this extensive and intriguing discussion, however, the disc leaves one tantalised by making no attempt to juxtapose these two musical cultures, choosing rather to explore just the repertoire of Spain and of what is now known as Latin America. This is possibly because the musics are similar in style, the evolution of the music of certain parts of the New World having been directly influenced by that of the Old. The notes are accompanied by appropriate, interesting and well-produced pictures, and the presentation of the disc and booklet impresses.
The performances are the disappointing part of the disc. My main criticisms of the playing are that the ensemble is not particularly good at all. The intonation is often rather insecure; and that the performances are all very one-dimensional. There is very little variation of articulation, mood, expression, and so on. Although one is fully aware of the need to breathe and the difficulty of doing so discreetly in such a context, the breath-taking is very intrusive throughout and becomes quite wearing - as does the over-blowing of the instruments.

I regret that this was not a disc I could listen to all the way through, for these reasons - rather, I returned to read the fascinating notes again instead!  

Em Marshall-Luck 

Track listing
Cancionero de Uppsala
Venecia 1556
Primus tonus duo [2:11]
Septimo tono duo [2:36]
Quinto tono duo [1:38]
Antonio de CABEZON (1510- 1566)
Obras de musica para tecla, arpa y vihuela, Madrid 1578
Ave maris stella [2:08]
Ave maris stella [1:50]
Sonatas... /Siguen Minues i Marcha, Mexico 1759
Marcha [2:14]
Otra de Napoles [2:04]
Amable [1:20]
Seguidillas [1:46]
Minuet [1:22]
Minuet [1:50]
Otro [0:50]
Otro [0:50]
Marcha a duo [1:11]
Otro [Minuet] a duo [0:38]
Otro [Minuet] a duo [0:44]
Caima, lyai fesus[1:15]
Esa noche yo baila [1:24]
Baltasar Martinez COMPANON (1735-1797)
Las Lanchas para baylar [3:06]
Michel BLAVET (1700-1768)
Les Sauvages [2:20]
Air [des Amours] des les Indes galantes [2:49]
Tambourins I-II-I des les Indes galantes [1:46]
Teodorico PEDRINI (1671-1746)
Sonata op. 3 n° 5 en fa mayor
Largo [2:15]
Allegro [1:24]
Vivace [1:44]
Allegro [0:57]
Adagio [1:16]
Allegro [0:49]
Jean-Baptiste DUPUITS (s. XVIII)
Senates ou suites a deux vieles op. 4, Paris 1741
29) Entree Chinoise en Rondeau [1:57]
David del PUERTO (n. 1964)
30) La encina de jade (Madrid 2009) [3:43]














































































































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