Raquel Andueza, soprano. Private Musicke. Pierre Pitzl, director.
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Mid-16th-century lutenist and composer Alonso Mudarra became a canon of the Seville cathedral just before this mostly secular publication was printed, in 1546. From the Tres Libros de Música comes vocal and instrumental works by Mudarra as well as vihuela arrangements of popular pieces by Antonio de Cabezón, Luis de Narváez, Luis de Milán, and Esteban Daça. Subjects range from a setting of the biblical text in which King David learns of the death of his son Absalom to the villancico "Gentil Cavallero," depicting a knight who picks lemons in the garden of a nunnery.
"The voice of Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza … is a major attraction, light and coquettish in the villancicos but always hinting at the depths that are kept in reserve…. Even dedicated lovers of the Spanish Renaissance will find something new here … beautifully performed."—All Music Guide
"Andueza makes a splendid showing here…. The ensemble … gives her stylish support. She is a singer to watch, one we will be hearing again."—Fanfare