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Blas de Castro

Blas de Castro

Blas de Castro

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  1. 1. Desde las Torres del Alma
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  2. 2. Del cristal de Mancanares
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  3. 3. Estabase el aldeana
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  4. 4. Porque alegre venga el Sol
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  5. 5. Si tus ojos divinos
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  6. 6. Ansares y Menga
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  7. 7. A coronarse de flores
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  8. 8. Ya no les pienso pedir
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  9. 9. Sale la blanca aurora
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  10. 10. Para todos alegres
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  11. 11. Si a la fiesta de San Juan
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  12. 12. Entre dos alamos verdes
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  13. 13. Tus imbidias me hablan
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  14. 14. Ojos negros que os mirais
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  15. 15. Alamos del soto, adios
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  16. 16. Desiertos campos, arboles somb
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  17. 17. Tienes nina en tus ojos
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  18. 18. Que hermosa fueras, Belilla
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  19. 19. Desata el pardo o(c)tubre
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  20. 20. Tan triste vivo en mi aldea
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“I must give a heart-felt recommendation for anyone searching for an extraordinary CD with Spanish Renaissance works.”
From the Early Music Magazine “toccata- alte Musik Actuell” Sep/Oct. 2009

The twenty tonos humanos presented in this edition, the only ones to survive from among the over seven hundred lost in the fire of the Reales Alcázares in 1734, are a true jewel of courtesan chamber music from the transitional period between Renaissance and Baroque.

The interpretation we have chosen for these precious vocal pieces for three and four voices, with a majority of texts by the close friend of the composer, Lope de Vega, is perfectly attuned to the choice, nature, and the intimate beauty of these pearls from the Spanish Golden Age. The interpretation has transcended mere historical reconstruction, an ambitious undertaking in both the choice of instruments and the art of playing them to accompany song. The vihuela de arco and lira da gamba used for the recording are historic copies, crafted according to the methods of the period, of unique models, made expressly for this type of performance. Built by the master woodworker, Javier Martínez with all the care and patience required of historic design, they come to life in the intricate arrangements of polyphony and vocal harmony, following the ancient fashion of humanistic lira that sets this subtle style of Cantar alla Viola apart from the ordinary.

The resulting sound is harmony that combines perfectly with the allegoric allusions of the text, where “white pearls”, “crystal” streams of water, and idyllic “dawns” bring about an experience of pure emotion for the senses which we believe justifies the effort that went into this work, and which we dedicate to all those whose sensibility may draw them to the delicate humour emanating from this fountain of art.

Titles: Desde las torres del alma / Del cristal de Mançanares / Estábase el aldeana / Porque alegre venga el Sol / Si tus ojos divinos / Ánsares y Menga / A coronarse de flores / Ya no les pienso pedir / Sale la blanca aurora / Para todos alegres / Si a la fiesta de San Juan / Entre dos álamos verdes / Tus imbidias me hablan / Ojos negros que os miráis / Álamos del soto, adiós / Desiertos campos, árboles sombríos / Tienes niña en tus ojos / Qué hermosa fueras, Belilla / Desata el pardo o(c)tubre / Tan triste vivo en mi aldea.
Production and Edition by OTROGALLO.

Nadine Balbeisi (Soprano), Fernando Marín (Vihuela de arco and Lyra-viol)

Blas de Castro
1. Desde las Torres del Alma // Blas de Castro
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  1. 1. Desde las Torres del Alma // Blas de Castro
  2. 2. Del cristal de Mancanares // Blas de Castro
  3. 3. Estabase el aldeana // Blas de Castro
  4. 4. Porque alegre venga el Sol // Blas de Castro
  5. 5. Si tus ojos divinos // Blas de Castro
  6. 6. Ansares y Menga // Blas de Castro
  7. 7. A coronarse de flores // Blas de Castro
  8. 8. Ya no les pienso pedir // Blas de Castro
  9. 9. Sale la blanca aurora // Blas de Castro
  10. 10. Para todos alegres // Blas de Castro
  11. 11. Si a la fiesta de San Juan // Blas de Castro
  12. 12. Entre dos alamos verdes // Blas de Castro
  13. 13. Tus imbidias me hablan // Blas de Castro
  14. 14. Ojos negros que os mirais // Blas de Castro
  15. 15. Alamos del soto, adios // Blas de Castro
  16. 16. Desiertos campos, arboles somb // Blas de Castro
  17. 17. Tienes nina en tus ojos // Blas de Castro
  18. 18. Que hermosa fueras, Belilla // Blas de Castro
  19. 19. Desata el pardo o(c)tubre // Blas de Castro
  20. 20. Tan triste vivo en mi aldea // Blas de Castro