Festive Music from Spain's Golden Age
A Spanish Christmas
December 12-21, 2008
In December the scene shifts westward to Spain for a program of Christmas music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Our good friends of the Concord Ensemble return to sing, and our instrumental forces will include harp, organ, lute, vihuela, violin, cornetto and dulcian. There will be motets from the great Cathedrals by the masters of Spanish Renaissance choral music, including Morales, Victoria, and Guerrero, as well as popular villançicos(carols), both Renaissance and Baroque, with their lively and quintessentially Spanish rhythms. The instruments, or ‘ministriles’, will contribute ‘differencias,’ or virtuoso improvisations on bass lines and popular songs and dances.
Robert Eisenstein--violin, viol
Pablo Cora--tenor, hautecontre
Marilyn Boenu--dulcian, recorder
Charles Weaver--lute, theorbo, guitar