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Antonio Caldara: The Cervantes Operas

Antonio Caldara: The Cervantes Operas

Antonio Caldara: The Cervantes Operas

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, La Ritirata and Josetxu Obregón have created a programme for Glossa sallying forth on the back of music composed by Antonio Caldara and inspired by El ingenioso
hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha.
Antonio Caldara was neither the first nor the last composer to have his compositional ingenuity sparked off by Cervantes’ timeless masterpiece. He may well have been propelled forwards by his own experiencing the Spanish soundscape within a century of the publication of the two parts of the Don Quijote: Barcelona was a working “port of call” for Caldara after Mantua and Rome and before Vienna. For the Viennese court he wrote a pair of operas (with librettos by GC Pasquini): Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa and Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria, and from
these works Obregón – like Caldara also a cellist – has put together a selection of arias.
Soloists María Espada, Emiliano González Toro and João Fernandes invest their abundant collective artistry in bringing to life a rapid series of Cervantine characters, not least the Spanish knight and his squire. Interspersed between these vocal contributions are a series of instrumental ballets composed for these operas by Nicola Matteis, who also worked at the Viennese court. In the booklet essay Begoña Lolo and Adela Presas set the scene for Caldara’s contribution to the musical legacy of Don Quixote.

Antonio Caldara (c1670-1736)
The Cervantes Operas
Arias and instrumental pieces from the operas  ‘Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa’ (Vienna, 1727) and  ‘Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria’ (Vienna, 1733)

 

01 Introduzione. Aria (instr.). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 3:37

02 Aria “Per tanti obbligazioni Signor” (Diego). Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria 2:27

03 Recitativo “Da sì austera virtù tuo cor” (Altisidora). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 1:00

04 Aria “Quel cor, che non vogl’io” (Altisidora). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 4:00

Nicola Matteis (c1670-1737): Balletto Primo per li Falconieri (instr.). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa

05 Aria 1:22

06 Entre 1:16

07 Gigue 0:55

08 Menueto 1:12

09 Aria “Si l’abbiamo, Ricciardetto” (Don Chisciotte). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 4:24

10 Aria “Penso di già che appena” (Altisidora). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 4:36

11 Aria “Giacche debe andar così” (Sancio). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 3:17
Nicola Matteis: Ballo di Paesani, e Satiri (instr.). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa

12 Aria per li Vilani 1:29

13 Aria per Burlar sanco panco 1:11

14 Aria per li Vilani [2] 1:52

15 Aria per li Bacanti 1:02

16 Tempo di Passapie 2:26

17 Aria per li Satiri 1:25

18 Aria grotesca 1:15

19 Recitativo “Sancio amico” (Don Chisciotte, Sancio). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 1:47

20 Aria “Primieramente, Sancio” (Don Chisciotte, Sancio). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 4:45

21 Aria “Addio, Signor Padrone” (Sancio). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 3:56

22 Nicola Matteis: Aria (instr.). Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria 0:53

23 Recitativo “Scoperto, e in odio” (Ramiro). Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria 0:38

24 Aria “Confida al vento la sua speranza” (Ramiro). Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria 3:02

25 Aria “Venga pure in campo armato” (Don Chisciotte). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 4:09

26 Aria “A dispetto del vento, e dell’onda” (Don Alvaro). Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa 5:01

Nicola Matteis: Ballo di Cavalieri Erranti (instr.)
Don Chisciotte in Corte della Duchessa

27 Aria [1] 2:12

28 Aria [2] 1:14

29 Sarabanda 2:07
30 Nicola Matteis: Tempo di Ciacona (instr.). Sancio Panza Governatore dell’isola Barattaria 1:24

Manuscripts of the Musiksammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek and the Biblioteca Musical Víctor Espinós del Ayuntamiento de Madrid transcribed by Guillermo Peñalver.

Sung texts reviewed by Eugenia Martinini and translated by Avril Bardoni.
Introductory texts to the arias written by José Luis Obregón Perea and translated by Mark Wiggins.

Josetxu Obregón – violoncello and artistic direction

 

María Espada – soprano

Emiliano González-Toro – tenor

João Fernandes – bass

 

La Ritirata

Hiro Kurosaki – concertmaster

Pablo Prieto, Daniel Pinteño, Beatriz Amezúa – violins

David Glidden – viola

Tamar Lalo – recorders

Guillermo Peñalver – recorder and traverso

Daniel Ramírez, Laura Díez – oboes

Xisco Matas – violone

Eyal Strett – bassoon

Franziska Fleischanderl – salterio

Daniel Oyarzabal – chamber organ

Ignacio Prego – harpsichord

David Mayoral – percussion

Daniel Garay – wind machine

 

The Cello in Spain

The Cello in Spain

If the history of eighteenth-century cello music and performance in Spain is still waiting to be written, Josetxu Obregón and La Ritirata are bringing us up close to the instrument’s role during that time with their new Glossa CD, The Cello in Spain. The selection made by this exciting cellist provides a sample of pieces which undoubtedly would have been heard in Spain during the infancy of the instrument there and in the period leading into the Age of the Enlightenment.

Such was the growing taste for the instrument that many composers and virtuosi came from elsewhere to perform, either passing through the country or settling there for life as did Luigi Boccherini or Domingo Porretti (a Cello Concerto from the latter is performed here). Obregón’s vivid advocacy – matched by scholar José Carlos Gosálvez in his accompanying booklet – reaches through to the first native cello school, with music from Pablo Vidal and José Zayas; many of these pieces here are being recorded for the first time. As well as a captivating sonata from Jean-Pierre Duport (dedicated to the Duke of Alba after the French cellist’s visit to Madrid), we are also treated to a new reading of Boccherini’s evocative Fandango (drawn from a Guitar Quintet), complete this time with castanets.

La Ritirata’s choices of instruments and performing styles admirably match the demands of music ranging from the Baroque to the Classical and this new disc paves the way for a broader exploration of the presence of the cello in the group’s home country.

Luigi BOCCHERINI (1743-1805)

01-03 Cello Sonata in C major

Giuseppe Antonio PAGANELLI (1710-c.1763)

04-07 Sonata in A minor

Jean-Pierre DUPORT (1741-1818)

08-10 Cello Sonata in D major

ANONYMOUS (second half of 18th century)

11 Adagio from Manuscrito de Barcelona

Domingo PORRETTI (1709-1783)

12-15 Cello Concerto in G major

Francesco Paolo SUPRIANO (1678-1753)

16 Toccata prima in G major for cello solo

Pablo VIDAL (d.1807)

17 Duetto-Andante

José ZAYAS (d.1804)

18 Última lección in B flat major

Luigi BOCCHERINI

19 Fandango from Guitar Quintet in D major

Josetxu Obregón, cello and artistic direction

Daniel Oyarzabal, harpsichord & organ
Diana Vinagre, cello
Enrike Solinís, Baroque guitar & archlute
Daniel Zapico, theorbo
Sara Águeda, harp
Lina Tur Bonet & Miren Zeberio, violins
Daniel Lorenzo, viola & violin
Michel Frechina, double bass
David Chupete, castanets

Arriaga: The complete string quartets

Arriaga: The complete string quartets

ICMA 2015 Nomination. Codalario Prize to the Best Musical Product 2014.

In this new recording the Bilbao-born Obregón is joined by violinists Hiro Kurosaki and Miren Zeberio, and viola Daniel Lorenzo; the underlying spirit of La Ritirata is of an intensive consideration of musical (and other) sources before attempting fresh interpretations of scores. This is precisely what the musicians have done for this survey of Arriaga’s quartet output for Glossa – they have also included the Tema variado en cuarteto, Op 17 – in order to get closer to the sound world of the Spanish composer who left his native Basque Country at the age of 15 to study and compose in Paris in 1821. Five short years of life remained to him before an untimely death ended a hugely promising career.

Original scores, a violin treatise by Arriaga’s teacher in Paris and the use of period instruments (for the first time on a recording of the Arriaga works) form the backbone of the critical apparatus for La Ritirata’s new and vital approach to these portentous works.

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga (1806-1826)

Quartet no. 2 in A major
01 Allegro con brio
02 Andante. Tema con variaciones
03 Minuetto: Scherzo. Trio
04 Andante ma non troppo. Allegro

Quartet no. 1 in D minor
05 Allegro
06 Adagio con espressione
07 Menuetto: Allegro. Trio: Più moderato
08 Adagio. Allegretto

Quartet no. 3 in E flat major
09 Allegro
10 Pastorale: Andantino
11 Minuetto: Allegro. Trio: Plus lent
12 Presto agitato

13 Tema variado en cuarteto, op. 17

Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga The complete string quartets on period instruments

La Ritirata

Hiro Kurosaki, violin
Miren Zeberio, violin
Daniel Lorenzo, viola Josetxu Obregón, violoncello

PRODUCTION DETAILS

Total playing time 76:39
Recorded in Madrid (Real Conservatorio de Música, Sala Tomás Luis de Victoria), in June and July 2013
Engineered by Federico Prieto
Produced by Federico Prieto and J. Obregón Executive producer: Carlos Céster
English – Français – Español – Euskera – Deutsch Made in Austria by Sony DADC

DIGIPAK with 32-page full colour booklet Made in Austria by Sony DADC

Il Spiritillo Brando

Il Spiritillo Brando

With Il Spiritillo Brando from La Ritirata comes an opportunity to enjoy exciting performances from a new name on the Spanish early music scene as well as a thrilling ride across the terrain of the Spanish and Italian courtly instrumental traditions as the Renaissance danced its way into the Baroque.

Not since the days when brothers José Miguel and Emilio Moreno made their first recordings for Glossa has any Spanish musician been invited to figure on the label from El Escorial. This is now changing with the arrival of the talents of Josetxu Obregón and his Spanish colleagues from La Ritirata – counting amongst them the best in the younger string, plucked-string, wind and keyboard players from the country – as they bring us the dance rhythm delights of Andrea Falconieri, whose music leads the way into contributions from the likes of Diego Ortiz and Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde; permitting the individual members of La Ritirata to demonstrate their virtuosic skills and commitment to the music that they perform. This includes Josetxu Obregón himself, who as a cellist, delights in music from late 17th century exponents of the cello in Giuseppe Maria Jacchini, Giovanni Battista Vitali and Domenico Gabrielli.

As the title implies, Il Spiritillo Brando evokes both the social dancing which will have taken place in the court of the Spanish viceroyalty in Naples itself, and the mischievous duendes which roamed the streets, animating all the proceedings in the vicinity!

  1. ORTIZ Recercadas sobre tenores italianos
  2. FALCONIERI Corriente dicha la Mota
  3. FALCONIERI Ciaccona
  4. FALCONIERI La Benedetta
  5. VITALI Toccata
  6. VITALI Bergamasca
  7. CASTELLO Sonata II a sopran solo
  8. FALCONIERI La Suave Melodia
  9. FALCONIERI Passacalle
  10. FALCONIERI Alemana dicha Villega
  11. JACCHINI Sonate VIII
  12. CABANILLES Corrente Italiana
  13. ORTIZ Recercadas sobre “Doulce Memoire”
  14. FALCONIERI Folias echa para mi Señora
  15. SELMA Y SALAVERDE Fantasia basso solo
  16. GABRIELI Ricercare del VII e VIII tono
  17. FALCONIERI Corrente detta L’Auellina
  18. FALCONIERI Corriente dicha la Cuella
  19. FALCONIERI Il Spiritillo Brando
  20. FALCONIERI Brando dicho el Melo
  21. ANONYMOUS Chacona
  22. GABRIELLI Ricercare V
  23. SELMA Y SALAVERDE Canzon quinta a tre
  24. FALCONIERI Battaglia de Barabaso

Andrea Falconieri – Il Spiritillo Brando – GCD 923101 May 2013

Dance music in the courts of Italy and Spain, c.1650

La Ritirata

  • Tamar Lalo, flautas de pico
  • Miren Zeberio, violín barroco
  • Raul Orellana, violín barroco
  • Enrike Solinís, guitarra barroca y archilaud
  • Daniel Zapico, tiorba
  • Ignacio Prego, clave
  • Daniel Oyarzábal, órgano
  • Sara Águeda, arpa doppia
  • David Mayoral, percusión
  • Josetxu Obregón, cello barroco y dirección artística

Production details

Total playing time 62:32

Recorded in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain, in May 2011 and December 2012

Booklet in: English – Français – Deutsch – Español

DIGIPAK with 32-page full colour booklet Made in Austria by Sony DADC

Luigi Boccherini. Tríos Op. 34 Vol. 2

Luigi Boccherini. Tríos Op. 34 Vol. 2

Second CD of the Trios Op.34, incuding World Premiere Recording of two of them. Performed by Hiro Kurosaki, Lina Tur Bonet and Josetxu Obregon on historical instruments after the manuscript of the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. Awarded the “RECOMMENDED” logo of the CD COMPACT Magazine and the “Exceptional” logo of Scherzo.

Trío n.º 4 en re mayor (G. 104)

Allegretto moderato assai

Grave-Allegro-Grave

Tempo di Minuetto

 

Trío n.º 5 en do mayor (G. 105)

Largo

Allegro vivo

Andante lento con variazioni

 

Trío n.º 6 en mi mayor (G. 106)

Allegro giusto

Larghetto

Minuetto con moto-Trio

Rondeau. Andante un poco lento

COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0275 (2011)

La Ritirata

Hiro Kurosaki y Lina Tur Bonet, violines

Josetxu Obregón, violonchelo y dirección artística

Production details:

Total playing time 55:30

Grabación realizada en la Sala Tomás Luis de Victoria del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, los días 30 de abril a 2 de mayo de 2011.

Booklet in: Español – English – Italiano (Jaime Tortella)

Luigi Boccherini. Trios Op. 34 Vol. 1

Luigi Boccherini. Trios Op. 34 Vol. 1

Erste CD mit den Trios op. 34, einschließlich der Welt-Ersteinspielung von zwei Trios. Gespielt auf historischen Instrumenten von Hiro Kurosaki, Lina Tur Bonet und Josetxu Obrégon nach dem Manuskript aus der Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

Trío n.º 2 en sol mayor (G.102)

Allegretto comodo assai

Minuetto-Trio

Adagio

Rondeau. Allegro ma non presto

 

Trío n.º 3 en mi bemol mayor (G.103)

Allegro vivo ma non presto

Largo non tanto

Minuetto-Trio

Rondeau. Allegretto comodo

 

Trío n.º 1 en fa mayor (G.101)

Andante lento

Allegro con brio

Minuetto-Trio

COLUMNA MÚSICA 1CM0258 (2010)

La Ritirata

Hiro Kurosaki y Lina Tur Bonet, violines

Josetxu Obregón, violonchelo y dirección artística

Production details:

Total playing time 65:46

Grabación realizada en la Sala Tomás Luis de Victoria del Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, los días 26 al 28 de marzo de 2010.

Booklet in: Español – English – Italiano (Jaime Tortella/Josetxu Obregón)

DVD Concierto Barroco

DVD Concierto Barroco

Recorded in concert at the Real Coliseo Carlos III, the small baroque theatre built for the pleasure of the Court of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial. Hailed by the audience that filled the small Escorial theatre, La Ritirata offered on 28 May 2011 a beautiful concert of works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in a musical journey that started with the delicious dances of Andrea Falconieri, then introducing his contemporaries Selma and Castello to arrive to central baroque composers rarely visited as Paisible, and the universally familiar Vivaldi and Telemann.

ANDREA FALCONIERI (1585-1656).

Folias echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de CarallenosL’Eroica                                    

Corrente detta L’Auellina                              

Corriente dicha la Cuella

Il Spiritillo Brando

Brando dicho el Melo

 

BARTOLOMÉ DE SELMA Y SALAVERDE (C.1580-C.1640).

Canzon quinta a tre, due soprani e basso

 

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681-1767).

Sonata para flauta y continuo, TWV 41:C5

Adagio-Allegro

Larghetto

Vivace

 

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741).

Sonata para violoncello y bajo, RV43

Largo

Allegro

Largo

Allegro

 

DARIO CASTELLO (C.1590-C.1658).

Sonata XII del libro II para 2 sopranos, bajo obligado y BC

 

JACQUES PAISIBLE (C.1656-1721).

Sonata en re menor para flauta y continuo

 Grave   

Allegro

Largo    

                Allegro

 

 ANDREA FALCONIERI (1585-1656).

Battaglia de Barabaso Yerno de Satanás

 

EXTRAS

Entrevista con Josetxu Obregón

 

ANDREA FALCONIERI (1585-1656).

Passacaglia

CANTUS CV 1210 (2012)

 

La Ritirata

 

Tamar Lalo, flautas dulces

Miren Zeberio, violín barroco

Daniel Zapico, tiorba

Enrike Solinís, guitarra barroca y archilaud

Ignacio Prego, clave

Josetxu Obregón, cello barroco y dirección artística

 

Production details:

 

Total playing time 1h 21 min.

 

Grabado en directo en el Real Coliseo Carlos III, el pequeño teatro barroco construido para solaz de la Corte del Real Sitio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial, el 28 de mayo de 2011.

 

Booklet in: Español – English

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

A fascinating journey through the different national styles of baroque music. An instrumental program with the recorder of Tamar Lalo as the solo instrument.

FRANCESCO MANCINI (1672 – 1737)

Sonata en la menor para flauta y continuo

Spiritoso – Largo  – Allegro  – Largo  – Allegro spiccato

DOMENICO GABRIELLI (1659 – 1690)

Ricercare I para cello solo

JAMES [JACQUES] PAISIBLE (C.1656 – 1721)

Sonata en re menor para flauta y continuo

Grave – Allegro – [Vivace] – Largo – Allegro

ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)*

Sonata en la menor para cello y continuo RV43

Largo – Allegro – Largo – Allegro

JEAN BAPTISTE LOEILLET DE GANT (1688 – C.1720)

Sonata en sol mayor para flauta y continuo

Largo – Allegro – Adagio – Gavotta

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 – 1750)

Andante de la Sonata II para violín BWV 1003

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN (1681 – 1767)

Sonata en do mayor para flauta y continuo

Adagio-Allegro – Larghetto – Vivace

ARSIS 4229 (2009)

La Ritirata

Tamar Lalo, flauta

Enrike Solinís, guitarra, tiorba y archilaúd

Josetxu Obregón, violoncello barroco y dirección artística

(*Violoncello basso continuo, Angela Rubio)

Production details:

Total playing time 60:33

Grabado en la Iglesia de Santiago de Alerre en el mes de Diciembre de 2009.

Booklet in: Español – English – Français (Tamar Lalo/Josetxu Obregón)

Prokofiev-Cassadó-Webern

Prokofiev-Cassadó-Webern

The works making up the programme on this CD share several common traits. Perhaps the most notably one: they all form part of the catalogue of masterpieces written for the violoncello, an artistic feature to which must be added the clear chronological affinity of the first half of the twentieth century, a period of political upheaval in which the arts in general and music in particular developed exponentially in an unprecedented way.

SERGEI PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)

Sonata para violonchelo y piano do mayor, op. 119

 

GASPAR CASSADÓ (1897-1966)

Sonata nello stile antico spagnuolo

Requiebros

Intermezzo de la ópera Goyescas (de E. Granados)

 

ANTONWEBERN (1883-1945)

Dos piezas para violonchelo y piano

Tres piezas para violonchelo y piano, op. 11

VERSO VRS 2073 (2009)

Prokofiev-Cassadó-Webern. Música para violonchelo y piano

Josetxu Obregón, violonchelo

Ignacio Prego, piano

Production details:

Total playing time 58:46

Grabación realizada los días 17 y 18 de noviembre de 2008 en Amsterdam, Holanda.

Booklet in: Español – English (Álvaro Guibert)

Boccherini. Sonatas

Boccherini. Sonatas

When, in Spring 1768, Luigi Boccherini settled permanently in Spain, his fame as a cello virtuoso had already spread across much of Europe. The five works chosen by Josetxu Obregón for this disc, all composed in the decade from 1760 to 1770, are works of the greatest quality which the members of the ensemble La Ritirata offer in absolutely authoritative versions in the ever-demanding catalogue of Boccherini recordings.

Sonata G. 5 en sol mayor

Largo

Allegro alla militare

Menuetto

Sonata G. 3 en do mayor

Allegro

Andante

Menuetto con variazioni

Sonata G. 6 en do mayor

Allegro

Largo

Allegro moderato

Sonata G. 4 en la mayor

Adagio

Allegro

Affettuoso

VERSO VRS 2065 (2008)

LA RITIRATA

Josetxu Obregón, violoncello barroco y dirección artística

Enrique Solinis, guitarra barroca, clásica-romántica y archilaúd

Daniel Zapico, tiorba

María Sánchez, violoncello barroco

Production details:

Total playing time 50:48

Grabación realizada los días 26 al 28 de agosto de 2008 en el Palacio de la Mosquera de Arenas de San Pedro, Ávila.

Booklet in: Español – English – Italiano (Jaime Tortella/José Antonio Boccherini/Josetxu Obregón)

Featured Collaborations

L'Orchestre de Louis XV - Le Concert des Nations

L'Orchestre de Louis XV - Le Concert des Nations

Jean-Philippe Rameau. L’Orchestre de Louis XV. Suites d’Orchestre. Le Concert des Nations. Jordi Savall (Alia Vox, 2011)

Via Crucis

Via Crucis

Via Crucis. L’Arpeggiata & Christina Pluhar (Virgin, 2010)

Baroque Suites

Baroque Suites

Baroque Suites. European Union Baroque Orchestra. Lars Ulrik Mortensen (The Gift of Music, 2008)

Triple Concierto en Do mayor, Op. 56

Triple Concierto en Do mayor, Op. 56

Ludwig van Beethoven. Triple Concierto en Do mayor, Op. 56 (Piccolo 2007)

Oreste Camarca

Oreste Camarca

Oreste Camarca. Monograph of the camera work. Suggia Ensemble. Pamplona Chamber Choir (Banco de Sonido, 2006)

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