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La Esfera de Apolo

Musica Temprana

Aparicio, Anonymous


Year of release: 2016

Ah del dia, Ah de la fiesta 07:30
1. Duo Aparicio 01:58
2. Recitado Aparicio 00:39
3. Aria Aparicio 03:07
4. Coplas Aparicio 01:45
Sonata Coreliana para tecla I 09:03
5. Pitipie Anonymous 00:49
6. Allegro Anonymous 02:02
9. Grave Quitasol Anonymous 04:14
10. Giga Anonymous 01:56
Por besar de este Fesnix las plantas 01:56
7. Estribillo Aparicio 01:56
Por besar de este Fenix las plantas 03:23
8. Coplas Aparicio 03:23
Jilguerillo sonoro 11:05
11. Duo Aparicio 01:56
12. Recitado Aparicio 00:40
13. Aria Aparicio 03:56
14. Coplas Aparicio 04:32
Sonata III a 2 con organo 08:24
15. Grave Anonymous 02:06
16. Allegro Anonymous 01:21
17. Largo Anonymous 03:20
18. Fuga Giga Anonymous 01:35
Sonata III ? 2 con organo 01:07
19. Minuet Anonymous 01:07
Enigma sagrado 06:29
20. Estribillo Aparicio 02:02
21. Coplas Aparicio 04:26
Ah, de la esfera de Apolo 11:41
22. Duo Aparicio 02:14
23. Recitado Oh! Senora en ti tan sola Aparicio 00:50
24. Aria Aparicio 02:12
25. Recitado Si armado de alas fragiles de cera Aparicio 00:54
26. Aria grave Aparicio 05:30
Al post Comunio 01:22
27. Tocatta Aparicio 01:22
Segun veo el Aparato 03:47
28. X?cara Aparicio 03:47
29. Dolores y Gozos de San Joseph Aparicio 04:26

About this album

Jose de Orejón y Aparicio was the first Latin American-born musician who was appointed in Lima as Kapellmeister. The lives of these forgotten eighteenth-century master coincides with a peak in the cultural development of the Peruvian capital. Orejón represents italianization of music with virtuoso outbursts for violin and vocals. His music is both typical Peruvian with powerful themes, delicate harmonies and energetic rhythms.

Only 19 works by the mestizo priest, organist, singer and composer José de Orejón y Aparicio have been preserved, but these offer quite enough for an understanding of the importance of his music. However, he wrote more works, as an inventory of 1809 recognizes 39 compositions of his. Two decades after his death he was already being referred to as “El Huachano Nebra”, a nickname he earned because of his home town and his talent, comparable with the famous Spanish composer José de Nebra.

This DSD album is the first European recording devoted to the work of the great master of Lima. It comes accompanied by the hope that his name will be associated with the great composers of the period such as Nebra, Literes, José de Torres.

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Eighteenth-Century Music 16/1, February 2019 (Feb. 2019)

Overall, the recording is very good. The singers, particularly the two sopranos, are excellent and have clear voices that complement each other. They are at home with the Spanish language and the musical styles, and ornament the music elegantly during da capo arias. In my opinion, the two violinists are the highlight of the recording. They stand out by their ability to quickly change styles from languid harmonies in the slower movements of the instrumental works to crisp Italianate rhythms in the arias and duets. They perform with a panache that can be heard even without being seen, and their tuning is crisp. Indeed, the tuning of the ensemble in general is solid, which distinguishes them from many other groups performing South American repertory. Adding the guitar and harp gives the music a distinctly Spanish sound even when the music is predominately Italianate. They do not overpower the delicate blend of styles, though, with unwarranted rasgueado articulations or other markers of Spanish music.

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
Recording SoftwareMerging
Recording LocationWaalse Kerk, Amsterdam Holland
Recording EngineerTom Peeters
ProducerTom Peeters
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom made
MicrophonesBruel & Kyaer, Schoeps
Mastering EngineerTom Peeters
Editing SoftwarePyramix
Digital ConvertersdCS