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La Ritirata, La Galanía, Nigel North, and Ars Nova Copenhagen

Late-baroque sonatas (Arsis), 17th-century Spanish song (Anima e Corpo), lute music of Sylvius Leopold Weiss (BGS), and "histories" of Heinrich Schütz (Dacapo).

Raquel Andueza

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Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza.

The Spanish baroque ensemble La Ritirata brings something special to the music they play. For the 2009 Arsis label release, Chiaroscuro, they chose a more or less standard program of baroque sonatas, which receive an very intense and lyrical perspective that anything but standard.

G.P. Telemann: Sonata in D major for recorder and basso continuo, III. Vivace
La Ritirata (Tamar Lalo, recorder, Enrike Solinís, guitar, Josetxu Obregón, cello, and Angela Rubio, cello) — Chiaroscuro (Arsis, 2009)
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Every time I hear a new recording with Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza, I become completely addicted to it. Her 2010 Anima e Corpo label release of Spanish songs with La Galanía is surely her best yet.

She is joined by colleagues Jesús Fernández Baena and Pierre Pitzl, who provide some fine basso continuo accompaniment.

Anonymous: “Vuestros ojos”
Raquel Andueza and La Galanía — Yo Soy La Locura (Anima e Corpo, 2010)
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It is difficult to add to the acclaim that lutenist Nigel North has already received, except to say that he is, without a doubt, the best in the world. His 2010 BGS recording of music Sylvius Leopold Weiss proves as much.

Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Sonata in F major, Courante
Nigel North, Lute — The Heart Trembles With Pleasure: Music for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss (BGS, 2010)
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It seems that everything Paul Hillier comes into musical contact with turns to gold. The 2009 Dacapo release of Heinrich Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie and Auferstehungshistorie is no different.

The performances by Ars Nova Copenhagen, Concerto Copenhagen, and Sirius Viols are unequivocally world-class.

Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie: “Zu Bethlehem im Jüdischen lande”
Ars Nova Copenhagen/Paul Hillier — Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie and Auferstehungshistorie (Dacapo, 2009)
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G.P. Telemann: Sonata in D major for recorder and basso continuo, III. Vivace
La Ritirata (Tamar Lalo, recorder, Enrike Solinís, guitar, Josetxu Obregón, cello, and Angela Rubio, cello) — Chiaroscuro (Arsis, 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata in A minor for cello and basso continuo, II. Allegro
La Ritirata (Tamar Lalo, recorder, Enrike Solinís, guitar, Josetxu Obregón, cello, and Angela Rubio, cello) — Chiaroscuro (Arsis, 2009)
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Anonymous: “Vuestros ojos”
Raquel Andueza and La Galanía — Yo Soy La Locura (Anima e Corpo, 2010)
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J.B. Lully: “Sé que me muero”
Raquel Andueza and La Galanía — Yo Soy La Locura (Anima e Corpo, 2010)
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Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Sonata in F major, Courante
Nigel North, Lute — The Heart Trembles With Pleasure: Music for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss (BGS, 2010)
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Sylvius Leopold Weiss: Sonata in F major, Bourée
Nigel North, Lute — The Heart Trembles With Pleasure: Music for lute by Sylvius Leopold Weiss (BGS, 2010)
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Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie: “Zu Bethlehem im Jüdischen lande”
Ars Nova Copenhagen/Paul Hillier — Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie and Auferstehungshistorie (Dacapo, 2009)
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Heinrich Schütz: Weinachtshistorie: “Dank sagen wir alle Gott”
Ars Nova Copenhagen/Paul Hillier — Heinrich Schütz: Weihnachtshistorie and Auferstehungshistorie (Dacapo, 2009)
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Bernard Gordillo

Bernard Gordillo was born in Managua, Nicaragua, and raised in New Orleans. He holds degrees from Centenary College of Louisiana, the Early Music Institute at Indiana University, and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London). Bernard also writes and hosts the Harmonia Early Music Podcast.

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