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More Hispano and Imagem da Melancolia

Improvisations with the Spanish ensemble More Hispano (Carpe Diem) and Portuguese polyphony with Imagem da Melancolia Recorder Consort (Challenge Classics).

Yr a oydo – More Hispano

More Hispano is a Spanish ensemble directed by recorder player Vicente Parrilla. Their new Carpe Diem recording, Yr a oydo, is made up of a series of extended improvisations—all based on popular tunes and ground basses from the Renaissance and early baroque.

The ensemble’s excellent performance is tightly knit and brimming over with energy, from the wonderful and unpredictable instrumental improvisation to the rapturous singing by soprano Raquel Andueza. The recording is an absolute joy to listen to.

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17th-Century Portuguese Polyphony – Imagem da Melancolia

The Portuguese recorder consort A Imagem da Melancolia has released a new Challenge Classics recording which draws from their native 17th-century repertory. Directed by Pedro Sousa Silva, the consort performs what is essentially sacred choral music, yet their interpretation is highly creative and evocative of the early baroque.

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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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