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Chatham Baroque Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Canarios (arr. S. Pauley)Becky Baxter 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. CarabandaBecky Baxter 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. ParadetasBecky Baxter 4:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. TarantelaBecky Baxter 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Suite in E Minor (arr. S. Pauley): I. PreludioBecky Baxter 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Suite in E Minor (arr. S. Pauley): II. Zarabanda francesaBecky Baxter 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Suite in E Minor (arr. S. Pauley): III. CorienteBecky Baxter 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Suite in E Minor (arr. S. Pauley): IV. PassacallesBecky Baxter 4:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. EspanoletaBecky Baxter 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. ChaconasBecky Baxter 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Fuga 1 por primer tono al ayre Espanol (arr. S. Pauley)Becky Baxter0:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. El que gustare de falsas (arr. S. Pauley)Becky Baxter 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fuga 2 al ayre de jiga (arr. S. Pauley)Becky Baxter 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Sonata Settima: I. PreludioBecky Baxter 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sonata Settima: II. AllemandeBecky Baxter 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Sonata Settima: III. Tempo di SarabandaBecky Baxter 1:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Zarambeque Criollo (arr. B. Baxter)Becky Baxter 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Recercada SettimaBecky Baxter 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Folias echa para mi Senora Dona Tarolilla de CarallenosBecky Baxter 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Sonata Nona: I. PreludioBecky Baxter 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Sonata Nona: II. AlemandaBecky Baxter 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Sonata Nona: III. GigaBecky Baxter 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Sonata Nona: IV. MinuetBecky Baxter 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. MarizapalosBecky Baxter 8:21Album Only

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00004T9VA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #199,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

When most listeners think "Baroque," they probably don't consider the lively 17th-century dance music of Spain. But after hearing Chatham Baroque's Españoleta disc, you'll be hooked. The quartet--aided by the percussion of Danny Mallon and the harp of Becky Baxter--performs works by Diego Fernandez de Huete, Gaspar Sanz, and Ortiz, along with numerous anonymous composers. Though these compositions vary in style (the danzas were composed for nobility, while the bailes were bawdier numbers for the lower classes), they're musically similar and all are gorgeous. Chatham Baroque--Chatham College's Ensemble-in-Residence--perform these pieces with driving rhythms and a great melodic sensibility, and, unlike some early-music ensembles, they never sound clunky. For lovers of early music from Spain, this disc and Jordi Savall's Music from Christian and Jewish Spain should be required listening. --Jason Verlinde

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing & multilayered Spanish dances from the Baroque! November 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This CD is Chatham Baroque's continental counterpart to their earlier and equally enjoyable release, "Sol y Sombra: Baroque Music of Latin America". Guest percussionist Danny Mallon provides spicy yet appropriate percussion, while Becky Baxter adds harp to the equation, an instrument highly favored by the Spaniards. Varying rhythms, Hispanic flourishes and the complimentary sounds of castanets and tambourine make this album a standout in the group's repertoire, and downright fun to listen to. Having grown up with much more somber interpretations of Baroque music, I smile every time I hear "Espanoleta!". Continuously. For 64 minutes and 17 seconds. (Hurts a little after a while, but it's worth it.) This is probably my favorite release by Chatham Baroque, though it is difficult to choose between them--they are all wonderful! If you like this CD, you'll also like "Sol y Sombra", as well as two lively recordings by harpist Andrew Lawrence-King and his consort: "Spanish Dances: Selections from `Luz y Norte' by Lucas Ruiz de Ribayaz--Madrid, 1677" and "Jacaras!: 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia". Becky Baxter, guest harpist on "Espanoleta!", has a solo release from Dorian called "O Lux Beata: Renaissance Harp Music", which is also fun, showcasing a variety of different harps and harping styles with an assortment of guest accompanists.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For a wonderful listening experience.... June 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
...I would strongly suggest queueing up this disc and letting it play-- again and again. It does not get stale!
Chatham Baroque's most engaging quality is the degree of pleasure with which they play their music: they seem to live it and feel it like no other early music group I know. When I listen to them, either in the privacy of my own home or their concert locales, it is the sense that these fine musicians are doing what they love-- and I am enriched by it! The thrill they get playing the music is transmitted to the listening experience.
The performances on this disk are so clear, clean and strong; the addition of the harp and percussion is a wonderful gift-- arranged to perfection-- and everyone gets to shine. This is music for a bright sunshine-filled mid-afternoon; a day when nothing in the world seems wrong.
The wonderful flavor of the Latin style of baroque is something you must hear to believe; the quality of the musicianship will be obvious. Do not hesitate to get yourself a copy-- and I think that if you listen to it on a gloomy, gray day, it would bring the warmth of a crisp sunny day to every room in your house.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Espanoleta! June 13, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The quality and content from Chatham Baroque just keeps getting better with every release. Esanoleta is lively, fresh and and a welcome addition to my baroque music collection. Scott Pauley has proven himself to be a true virtuoso in Baroque Guitar. A MUST BUY!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Espanoleta, vigorous and enjoyable July 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Espanoleta continues Chatham Baroque's performing of Spanish music influenced by New World Indian and West African sources. I liked Sol y Sombra and was very pleased that this CD was filled with equally vigorous and stylish music and is equally satisfactory as a musical program. The distinctive sound of the group is still present, with excellent playing by all. I particularly enjoyed the contributions of the viola da gamba, guitars, harp and percussion. These, together with the violins, make Chatham Baroque's characteristic sound elegant and lively. The addition of the percussion and harp added a musical texture that I liked a lot. I have seen them in concert, and their obvious enjoyment of the music was a great bonus. Here, the high standard of production values at Dorian makes up for the fact that you can't see them digging into the music. You can hear both the distinctive and pleasing musical imagination and the high level of instrumental virtuosity that is characteristic of all their albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars music that soothes the soul July 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This instumental music definitely soothes the soul. It compliments any social occasion. The musicians and composers display great talent and depth in each song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and Delightful July 13, 2000
By Kendra
Format:Audio CD
Normally, I am not much of a baroque fan. However, this beautiful collection of songs has me listening to the CD in my car, at work, wherever I can. It is intriguing and delightful. I have started giving it as a gift along with a bottle of red Spanish wine - always goes over well. I HIGHLY recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful! December 11, 2000
By Kelly
Format:Audio CD
This album of Spanish baroque music is bright, cheerful, intricate, and flawlessly performed. The only bad thing about it is that I have to fight the temptation to play it every day! Even people who don't like classical music will love this, so you can use it as background music for dinner parties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kickin' Baroque July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Baroque music like this was the jazz of its era, and it takes an ensemble like Chatham Baroque to roll up its sleeves and get loose about the pieces. That's why I've been listening to this CD again and again -- I'm always hearing new stuff in it, and the Sanz selection that kicks off the disc is one of my all-time favorites. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect for my wedding
I plan to use this album as the background music for the reception at my November wedding. It lends itself to that time of year I think. Read more
Published on August 27, 2010 by Andi
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Baroque Works: A Treasure
Most classical music fans do not associate Spain with Baroque Era music, which was predominantly music of the German Protestant Johann Sebastian Bach, or the English George... Read more
Published on October 6, 2005 by Rudy Avila
5.0 out of 5 stars Viva Espana!
This music is enchanting! Can't find the words to explain how beatiful this music is. After hearing this CD about a thousand times already, I feel like visiting Madrid and... Read more
Published on March 1, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
What a sexy disk this is! It should forever dispel the notion that old music is stuffy and academic. These musicians play with both verve and polish.
Published on July 10, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Add Fire and Romance to your life,listen to Espanoletta
I love this CD by Chatham Baroque. Espanoletta is a great combination of lively dances and soulful pieces that invoke memories of romance and far away places. Read more
Published on July 8, 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars New York Concert
I saw them in concert in New York with Vivica Geneaux. They were wonderful.
Published on July 8, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars strong 4th release
a strong fourth release from this pittsburgh based ensemble, showing their continued maturity. lighter than previous releases, the addition of percussion and harp is welcome
Published on July 8, 2000
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