Ay Portugal Music From The Renaissance To The New World

La Compania

Ay Portugal Music From The Renaissance To The New World
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Ay Portugal Music From The Renaissance To The New World

La Compania

Catalogue # 4764955

ABC Classic FM CD of the Week: 16th of July 2012

La Compañia formed in 1997 to perform music of the renaissance and early baroque. Directed by Danny Lucin, the ensemble brings together Australia’s leading specialists on period instruments, creating a consort rich in possibilities. The ensemble was nominated in the The Age ‘Top Five 2010 Classical Concerts’ and in 2012 they made their European festival debut in a sold out concert at Tage Alter Musik Regensburg, Germany. La Compañia’s impressive array of period instruments – strings, wind and brass – allows for exciting sound combinations that bring alive the world of Early Music: in this case, 16th-century Portugal. With their masterful use of improvisation and ornamentation, they have established a reputation for presenting innovative programs and dynamic performances.

Track Listing:

  1. GASPAR FERNANDES Eso rigor e reprente

  2. MANUEL MACHADO Afuera, afuera que sale

  3. PEDRO DE CRISTO Ay mi Dios

  4. ANONYMOUS Non me pregunteis a mis males

  5. GASPAR FERNANDES Tleycantimo choquiliya

  6. ANONYMOUS Yan am quero ser pastora

  7. ANONYMOUS Vos señora, a maltratarme

  8. ANONYMOUS Não tragais borzeguis pretos

  9. FRANCISCO GUERRERO Los Reyes siguen la’strella

  10. ANONYMOUS Dipues vienes delhadea

  11. LUIS DE MILÁN Fantasia VIII

  12. MANUEL MACHADO Dos estrellas le siguen

  13. GASPAR FERNANDES Xicochi conetzintle

  14. FRANCISCO GUERRERO Qué buen año es el del çielo

  15. FRANCISCO GUERRERO Niño dios d’amor herido

  16. PEDRO DE ESCOBAR Pásame per Dios, barquero

  17. GASPAR FERNANDES Botay fora


We’re pretty lucky in Melbourne to have access to musicians of this calibre. Although we’re about to lose Siobhan Stagg to the UK for a while, you can hear this Melbourne born virtuosic soprano on the latest disc from early music group, La Compania. When listening to this disc, the word that popped into my head was ‘groovy’. In every track there’s a terrific groove that gets your toe tapping, even on the more lyrical songs. This is a seriously good disc that is well worth repeated listens.

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