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Espana

A week of music from Spain and Spanish composers.

 
Program 1

Bill takes on the confluence of cultures, languages and terrains that comprise the country of Spain. We launch with religious music of early Spain during a time in which Islam, Judaism and Christianity existed side by side. We reach 1492, when the Jews and Moors of Spain were forced out, and Bill plays music of the Jewish diaspora. We close with music from Spain's period of wealth following the discovery of the Americas, including music of Cristóbal de Morales and Francisco Guerrero. 

Sor: Seguidillas (excerpt)
Berganza, ms.; Moreno, g.
Philips 411030
:55
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Quzmãn: Zajal: “Yáhnï-kúm, Yahnï-kum!” (excerpt)
Altramar
Dor 80158
1:59
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Anon.: Planctus: “Plange Castella misera”
Altramar
Dor 80158
5:16
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Anon.: La Afrenta de Corpes from the Poema de Mio Çid (excerpt)
Altramar
Dor 80158
2:50
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Alfonzo X (el Sabio): Cantigas de Santa Maria
Yepes, g.
DG 423699
4:51
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Anon.: Las Estrellas de los cielos
Hesperion XXI/Sevall
Alia Vox 9809
11:09
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Morales: Kyrie fr. Missa Si bona suscepimus
Tallis Scholars/Phillips
Gim 033
4:50
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Mudarra: Recuerde el alma dormida
Piffaro
Arch 453441
1:44
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Guerrero: Maria Magdelena
Tallis Scholars/Phillips
Gim 31
7:49
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Milan: Fantasia #16
Romero, g.
Phil 442150
2:40
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Program 2

Bill picks up with music from Alonso Lobo, a pupil of Francisco Guerrero, and Tomás Luis de Victoria, arguably the most famous Spanish composer of the 16th century.  We continue with Italian transplants in Spain, with music from Domenico Scarlatti who moved with his patroness to Spain in 1728, and Luigi Boccherini, who stayed in Spain after playing there on tour.

Lobo: Ave Maria
Tallis Scholars/Phillips
Gim 454931
4:13
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Dalza: Calata ala spagnola
Piffaro
Archiv 453441
2:46
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Victoria: Missa Pro Victoria
The Cardinall’s Musick
ASV 198
18:52
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Sanz: Canarios
Chatham Baroque
Dor 90284
3:08, 1:33
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Scarlatti: Piano Sonata in E Major, L. 430 & Piano Sonata in G Major, L. 209
Horowitz, p.
CBS 42410
3:14, 3:06
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Soler: Sonata No. 1 in A
Schrader, hps.
Cedille 90000 009
4:12
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Boccherini: Night Music of Madrid (excerpt)
Moscow Concertino/Bushkov
Discover International 920129
5:05
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Program 3

We move into 18th century Spain with the music of Fernando Sor and Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga, known as the "Spanish Mozart." We hear masterful violin, guitar and piano music from the 18th and 19th century before we conclude with music of Enrique Granados, including Goyescas, his interpretation of paintings by Francisco Goya.

Sor: Seguidillas (excerpts)
Berganza, ms.; Moreno, g.
Philips 411030
1:25, 1:08
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Arriaga: Overture to Los Esclavos Felices
Le Concert des Nations/Savall
Astree 8532
7:52
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Sarasate: Spanish Dances for Violin & Piano- Malagueña & Zapateado
Barton, v.; Sanders, p.
Dor 90183
5:48, 3:12
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Tarrega: Gran Jota
Romero, g.
Phil 442150
10:22
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Albeniz: Iberia, I & II
de Larrocha, p.
Lon 417 887
10:10
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Granados: Llorad corazón & Iban al pinar from Colección de canciones amatorias
Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris/de Burgos; De Los Angeles, s.
EMI 65061
4:15
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Granados: Goyescas (excerpt)
de Larrocha, p.
RCA 60408
6:18
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Program 4

Bill takes a look at Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and the music they wrote inspired by Spain. Ravel's mother came from the Basque region of Spain and the influence is clear in his Rhapsody Espagnole. We end with music from American jazz pianist Chick Corea, his piece Spain.

Debussy: La Puerta del Vino
Bolet, p.
Lon 425518
3:39
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Ravel: Rhapsody Espagnole, III & IV
CSO/Martinon
RCA 09026-63683
8:28
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Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagñol, IV & V
LSO/Dorati
Merc 434308
8:13
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Debussy: Iberia
BSO/Munch
RCA 09026-61956
19:28
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Debussy: Iberia (excerpt)
LSO/Monteux
RCA 61900
:16
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Massenet: Aragonaise fr. Le Cid
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra/Dragon
EMI 63734
1:50
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Corea: Spain
Corea, p.; Patitucci, bs.; Weckl, dr.
GRP 9582
5:56
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Program 5

We close out our week of music from and about Spain with music from the 20th century. We hear from Joaquín Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge of the Catalan region and Manuel de Falla. We also hear what is considered that most famous piece of 20th century Spanish classical music, Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.

Turina: Sinfonia Sevillana, II- Por el rio Guadalquivir
LPO/Batiz
EMI 49542-2
7:23
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Montsalvatge: Cinco Canciones Negras- Nos. 1, 2, 4 & 5
Orchestre de la Société du Conserva-toire Paris/De Burgos; De los Angeles
EMI 65061
9:31
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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, II
Philharmonia Orchestra/Domingo; Barrueco, g.
EMI 56175
10:51
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Falla: Night in the Gardens of Spain, II & III
Suisse Romande Orchestra/Comissiona; De Larrocha, p.
Lon 417771
14:08
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Rodrigo: Coplas del Pastor enamorado
Domingo, tn.; Barrueco, g.
EMI 56175
3:40
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Rodrigo, arr. Evans: Concierto de Aranjuez, II
Miles Davis
Columbia 65142
4:24
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