Sephardic Journey

Sephardic Journey


Artist: La Rondinella

Composers: Juan del Encina, Manuel Flexta, Luis Velez de Guevera, Josquin des Prez, Luis de Milán, Alonso Mudarra, Diego Ortiz, Francisco de Peñalosa, Juan Ponce

Format: 1 CD


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The similarities in language between the Sephardim and the Spanish Renaissance composers are clear, and on this recording, with just a few exceptions, we have used the same instruments to play both repertoires. But the two repertoires differ in significant ways. Although the Sephardim as a distinct culture are much diminished since the end of World War II, theirs is a living tradition, conveyed orally from generation to generation. In the early part of the 20th century, the music began to draw the attention of folklorists, who transcribed the tunes and words as they heard them. Much of this music was played in the home, not presented in concert, and how the songs were sung and played was probably as varied as the people who performed them over several centuries. Spanish court music, on the other hand, was written down, published or preserved in manuscripts, and since the late 15th and early 16th century, frozen in form. Though direct links to performance practices have not survived, much can be understood or inferred from the writings of the composers and theoreticians of the Renaissance.

—Howard Bass

Track List

Sephardic Songs
1. Tres hermanicas eran
2. Alta, alta, va la luna
3. Paxarico tú te llamas
4. Poco le das, la mi consuegra
5. Durmo la nochada
6. Yo era niña de caza alta
7. Una noche al bodre de la mar
8. A la uno nací yo
9. Morenica sos
10. El Dio alto
11. Avrix mi, galancia
12. El paso del mar rojo

Spanish Renaissance
13. Antonilla es desposada Juan Del Encina (1468-c.1530)
14. Claros y frescos ríos Anonymous
15. Recercada sobre "O felice occhi miei" Diego Ortiz (c.1510-c.1570)
16. Recercada Ottava Ortiz
17. Ay luna que reluzes Luis Vélez de Guevera (fl.1500)
18. Torre de la niña Juan Ponce (c.1480-after 1521)
19. Vella de vos Mateu Flexta
20. Fantasia Alonso Mudarra (c.1510-1580)
21. Romanesca: O guardame las vacas Mudarra
22. Pues que mi triste penar Encina
23. In te, Domine, speravi Josquin Desprez (c.1440-1521)
24. Fantasia Luis Milan (c.1500-c.1561)
25. Canción: Claros y frescos ríos Mudarra
26. El triste que nunca os vió Francisco de Peñalosa (c.1470-1528)
27. El cervel Anonymous

Total time: 65:49
Release date: 1999
UPC: 053479317124

As if Kosloski’s great voice alone is not enough, she employs it with great sensitivity, pays attention to the text, and really seems to feel the music in every pore of her being.
— Rad Bennett,

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