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Santiago de Murcia with Paul O’Dette and Rolf Lislevand

Virtuosos Paul Odette and Rolf Lislevand explore the baroque guitar music of Murcia.

smiling man with large lute

Photo: Francesca Pfeffer

Rolf Lislevand in a recording session.

Jácaras!

Santiago de Murcia was one of the Spanish baroque’s more significant composers for the baroque guitar. Paul Odette’s 1998 Harmonia Mundi release of selections from Murcia’s pieces is as fine a recording as you might find. O’Dette is joined by colleagues who reinforce the natural flair and style inherent in the music.

Santiago de Murcia: Jacaras and La Jota
Paul O’Dette, guitar, and Others — Jácaras! – 18th-Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia (Harmonia Mundi , 1998)
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Codex

As contrast to O’Dette’s recording, Rolf Lislevand’s Astree release of music by Murcia is perhaps a little more hip in approach. Some of the pieces are mixed in with improvisations that give a cross-over feel, while retaining the baroque essence of the original.

Santiago de Murcia: Folias Españolas and Cumbées
Rolf Lislevand, guitar, and Ensemble Kapsberger — Codex: Santiago De Murcia (Astree, 2000)
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Santiago de Murcia: Jacaras and La Jota
Paul O’Dette, guitar, and Others — Jácaras! – 18th-Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia (Harmonia Mundi , 1998)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
Santiago de Murcia: Folias Españolas and Cumbées
Rolf Lislevand, guitar, and Ensemble Kapsberger — Codex: Santiago De Murcia (Astree, 2000)
Buy from Amazon »
album cover
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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