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‘Humori’ with Les Voix Baroques and ‘Mudarra’ with Private Musicke

Music for Carnival and Lent with Les Voix Baroques (ATMA) and Alonso Mudarra's "Tres Libros de Musica" with soprano Raquel Andueza and Private Musicke (ACCENT).

Les Voix Baroques and Les Voix Humaines

A celebration of carnival is the theme for Les Voix Baroques’ new ATMA label recording entitled “Humori,” which includes festive music from France, Germany, Italy, and England. The program is an ingenious mixture of beautifully performed Renaissance and early baroque works. Especially enjoyable were tenors Charles Daniels and Colin Balzer in one of the finest recorded performances I’ve ever heard of Monterverdi’s “Zefiro Torna.”

Raquel Andueza and Private Musicke

Alonso Mudarra was a Spanish Renaissance composer and player of the vihuela, an instrument related to the guitar. His publication known as “Tres Libros de Musica” was a three-book collection of music for the vihuela and the four-course guitar. Mudarra also devoted one of the books to songs he composed in Latin and Spanish.

The new Accent recording of selections from Alonso Mudarra’s “Tres Libros” by Private Musicke is a gem. Directed by lutenist Pierre Pitzl, the performance beautifully evokes the melancholy sentiment which pervades Mudarra’s music. The ensemble is joined by Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza, who sings in a plaintive and lovely manner, capturing the natural essence of each song.

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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