De Vez En Cuando La Vida / Various: De Vez en Cuando la Vida


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De Vez En Cuando La Vida / Various: De Vez en Cuando la Vida
Artist: Various Artists
Title: De Vez en Cuando la Vida

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Leonardo Garca Alarcn writes: The memories of my childhood in Argentina always bring me back to the singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat synonymous with shared family moments... Serrats poetry and music around a barbecue in Argentina De vez en cuando la vida made me cry as it has made millions of people cry in Latin America Spain and elsewhere... Joan Manuel Serrat is part of our life he is our Jacques Brel... Or if we project ourselves back to the sixteenth century he is in a sense our little Camerata Fiorentina that movement of Italian poets and musicians in Florence. Serrat has allowed the whole of Latin America and Spain to reappropriate the works of its poets... He has also been synonymous with freedom and the struggle against dictatorial regimes. His song Mediterraneo is one of the emblematic pieces of his career. It is almost a hymn that has special resonance nowadays... I asked my good friend Quito Gato to arrange these songs for our ensemble Cappella Mediterranea. The orchestration retains typical seventeenth-century instruments: recorders cornett violins viola da gamba cellos lutes harp harpsichord organ with some percussion and a double bass. These period instruments allow us to travel back in time and compare Serrats romances with the Ensaladas of Mateo Flecha 1481-1553 the polyphony of Guillaume Dufay and a composition by Juan Cabanilles that recalls a Bach Passion. The Xacaras a satirical genre from the Spanish Golden Age dialogues with Serrats works as does the Msica callada of the Catalan composer Frederic Mompou transcribed here for the harp.

H 0.35
W 12.28
L 12.28

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