Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas (2012)

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Musica Temprana

Adrian Rodriguez Van der Spoel

 The Codex Trujillo of Peru

The nine volumes of the Codex Trujillo of Peru are a true treasure, illustrating the final years of vice-regal society through more than 1,400 water colours, tables and some twenty music scores interpreted in this collection. Compiled by the Bishop Baltasar Martínez Compañón, their thematic sections describe flora, fauna, archaeological objects, mummies, textiles and ceramics. To browse one’s way through the second volume is, as it were, to watch a documentary film about colonial society: the colour prints recount an innocent, natural history – but with no words. It starts with a portrait of Queen María Luisa; a map of Trujillo; a detailed, ethnically-based, census of each settlement and a table of Spanish words translated into eight Indian languages – thus providing a key reference work for several extinct tongues.

Continuing with body-length paintings, it illustrates prevailing social differences through the intricacy of clothing, followed by some general scenes of daily toil, with Indians and negroes performing all the everyday chores, while Spaniards slumber in hammocks, enjoy a day out in the country or are transported around in carriages. Before we reach the musical scores, there are water colours of dancers and musicians with all their costumes, chains and symbols and masks. The volume closes with an index–and explanation—of all plates. The musical scores indicate the desired tempo and instruments for each work, conveying the fine points of its origin and giving guidance for its interpretation.

The Codex was intended to inform the Spanish Court about the true state of affairs in the diocese. Today it lies in the Library of the Royal Palace in Madrid. It was compiled some twenty years prior to the first of the anti-monarchist uprisings which led to the wave of independence in South America. Imports dried up instantly and, at the same time, the influence of Spain

 

 

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Musica Temprana

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Started in 2001 by the Argentine-Dutch musician Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel, Música Temprana aims to highlight the Latin-American Baroque music repertoire. Most of Música Temprana’s repertoire comes from the archives, cathedrals and Jesuit missions of Latin America, into whose depths its director constantly delves for elusive, forgotten compositions. Woven throughout the fabric of Música Temprana’s music and instruments is the rich cultural diversity of Latin America, with the threads of many Creole, Indian, African and European influences (see also: Programmes).

Being prepared for next season (2010-2011) is Cantadas y Sonatas, a programme highlighting the strong Italian influence in post-1713 Latin American Baroque music. Alongside this repertoire – the basis of Música Temprana’s work – the ensemble increasingly embraces Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque music. At the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek in 2008, for example, Música Temprana presented a staged perfomance of ensaladas written by Mateo Flecha a.o. and for 2011-2012 a madrigal comedy based on Banchieri’s Il Festino is in the works.

Música Temprana has played at such prestigious festivals as the Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Aqua Musica Amsterdam, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp, the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival of Chiquitos in Bolivia and festivals in Finland, France and Sweden. The ensemble has given various concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) and plays in its own concert series.

Adrian Rodriguez Van der Spoel

'To perform Latin-American Baroque music requires another practice than that of playing European Baroque. It would otherwise be too forced, too academic. Our repertoire needs a profound knowledge of the rich folk music tradition of Latin America, and a clear insight into the character, temperament, thinking and uniqueness of the continent in general. I play this music just as I play traditional music, with the same natural flow. It is this that I love to share with my audience.

Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel (1963) grew up in Rosario, the second largest city of Argentina. Already at a young age he develops a preference for folk and early music. After completing a music education in Rosario, he follows a course in choir conducting in Buenos Aires. As a member of the wellknown early music ensemble Pro Música, he learns to play various instruments. In 1989 he leaves for The Netherlands, where he continues his music studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam: first choir conducting and composition with Daniel Reuss and Daan Manneke, then specializing in Early Music with Jos van Veldhoven and Paul van Nevel.

Adrián devotes much of his time to studying Latin-American Early Music. His continual search for the genesis and sources of this genre takes him to archives of former missionposts in Bolivia and to old Indian communities. Or lead him to scripts made by an 18th century Spanish bishop who noted down the songs from the streets of Trujillo, Peru, for the Spanish home front. In 1996 Adrián starts ensemble Música Temprana, his ambition being to perform this extraordinary but rarely played repertoire in Dutch and foreign concert halls. 
Besides Música Temprana, Adrián is leader of a number of choirs, and is frequently invited as guest conductor by various ensembles and for projects, in The Netherlands as well as abroad, e.g. Japan. Also, he regularly conducts major baroque works such as J.S. Bach's Passions, or operas such as Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall' Isola d'Alcina. He is guest conductor of ensemble Promusica de Rosario, Argentina, and at Rosario's Bach Festival. In 2005 he conducted chamber opera Don Quichote performed by I Piccoli Holandesi, and received favourable reviews for his performance of Thomas Tallis's Motet for 40 Voices, Spem in Alium, at the opening night of the Festival Oude Muziek

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Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas (2012)

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Musica Temprana

    Stereophile Magazine

The delightful Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas: Music from the 18th Century, Codex Trujillo del Peru, with Adrian Rodriguez Van der Spoel directing Musica Temprana (Cobra 0036) — is infectious and spiced with piquant percussion.

Kal Rubinson in Stereophile Magazine[read full review]

    MusicFrames

"De uitvoeringen op ‘Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas’ hebben een betoverende spontaniteit"

    Dagblad van het Noorden

Nergens krijg je het gevoel, naar oude muziek te luisteren: alles klinkt kersvers.

    Nederlands Dagblad

Een voortreffelijk, levendige CD. Prachtig spel, met 'natuurlijke', ongepolijste zang. Je hoort als het ware de straatzangers op de pleinen van het achtiende eeuwse Trujilo

Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas (2012)

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Musica Temprana

Digital Converters: DCS 904 AD & DCS954 DA
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Mastering Equipment: KEF Reference series 107
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Neumann, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Renswoude Holland
Recording Software: Pyramix
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada La Brugita
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Cachua al Nacimiento - Nino il mijor
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada La Donosa
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Lanchas para Baylar
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada La Lata
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada El Congo
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Cachua La Despedida
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada El Conejo
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Bayle del Chimo
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada El Diamante - Tonada el Tuppamaro
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada El Tupamaro
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada del Chimo
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Bayle de danzantes
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada El Huicho
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonada La Selosa
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Cachua Serranita El Huicho Nuebo
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Tonadilla El Palomo
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Cachuyta de la Montanna El Vuen querer
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Songs and dances from Trujillo, Peru - Cachua al Nacimiento - Dennos lecencia
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