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The Rose Ensemble

Music by The Rose Ensemble from early Spain, Baroque Mexico, and 19th-century Hawaii, plus a debut release of the trio Rubato Appassionato.

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The Rose Ensemble (Jordan Sramek, dir.)

Founded over a decade ago, The Rose Ensemble has carved out a unique place for itself. Led by their founder Jordan Sramek, the award-winning vocal group has produced numerous critically-acclaimed recordings. The first ones explored music of the middle ages and Renaissance, including repertoire from Russia, Poland, and Spain.

More recently, they’ve continued with their unusual programming and innovative approach by returning to the music of medieval Spain, on the 2006 CD release, Rosa das Rosas.

With the recording Celebremos el Niño, the ensemble turned to 17th-century Mexico, and, in particular, the devotional villancicos found in the cathedrals of Puebla and Mexico City.

The music of 19th-century Hawaii is the group’s latest offering. It explores repertoire such as hymns, popular songs, and music associated with the cowboys unique to Hawaii known as Paniolos. The ensemble is accompanied by guitar, piano, percussion, and the 50th state’s most famous instrument—the ukulele.

Our new release of the week brings us the debut of the instrumental trio Rubato Appassionato (Antonia Tejeda, recorder, Eyal Streett, bassoon, and Sasha Agranov, cello). Their MA Recordings release, Le Temple du Goût contains a varied program of Baroque music both original and arranged for their special combination.

Here’s a promotional video for the Rose Ensemble:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26NaSiaFeNA

Music Heard On This Episode

Andre Philidor l’aîné: Suitte en e si mi
Rubato Appassionato — “Le Temple du Goût” (MA Recordings , 2007)
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Andre Philidor l’aîné: Suitte en e si mi
Rubato Appassionato — “Le Temple du Goût” (MA Recordings , 2007)
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anon.: Cantigas de Santa Maria: Cantiga #166
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Rosa das Rosas (Rose Ensemble , 2006)
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anon.: Lauda: Memento mei o sacra Virgo
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Rosa das Rosas (Rose Ensemble , 2006)
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Juan del Encina: Pues que tú, Reyna del çielo
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Rosa das Rosas (Rose Ensemble , 2006)
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Francisco de Vidales: Los que fueron de buen gusto
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Celebremos el Niño (Rose Ensemble , 2006)
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Antonio de Salazar: Atención, atención
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Celebremos el Niño (Rose Ensemble , 2006)
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Himeni/Ka Lira Hawaii : Luakini
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Na Mele Hawaii (Rose Ensemble , 2007)
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Mele Hawai’i: Namolokama La
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Na Mele Hawaii (Rose Ensemble , 2007)
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Mele Hula ‘Olapa: ‘Ula noweo
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek (Rose Ensemble , 2007)
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Himeni/Na himeni Hawaii : Alanui Maika’i/Hope o ka Himeni
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Na Mele Hawaii (Rose Ensemble , 2007)
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anon.: Cantigas de Santa Maria: Cantiga #42
The Rose Ensemble/Jordan Sramek — Rosa das Rosas (Rose Ensemble , 2006)
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Francesco Mancini: Sonata XI (1724)
Rubato Appassionato — “Le Temple du Goût” (MA , 2007)
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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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