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La Spagna: A Tune Through Three Centuries Hybrid SACD - DSD


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Audio CD, Hybrid SACD - DSD, May 24, 2011
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1. Spagna contrapunto
2. Spagnoletta (Terpischore, 27)
3. Alta à 3 (Danza sobre La Spagna)
4. Danse du roy (Tylman Susato's 'Danserye' Collection)
5. La Spagna
6. La Spagna a 4
7. Triste España sin ventura, for Renaissance ensemble
8. Historia Baetica
9. La Spagna
10. Calata No. 1 'a la spagnola', for lute
11. Calata No. 2 'a la spagnola', for lute
12. Calata No. 3 'a la spagnola', for lute
13. Calata No. 4 'a la spagnola', for lute
14. The Old Spagnoletta (Fitzwilliam Virginal Book), for keyboard
15. Spagnioletta
16. Triste España sin ventura, for Renaissance ensemble
17. Re di Spagna
18. Falla Con Misuras (La Bassa Castiglia)
19. La Spagna
20. La Spagna
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Product Details

  • Performer: Atrium Musicae de Madrid
  • Conductor: Gregorio Paniagua
  • Audio CD (May 24, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Bis
  • ASIN: B004YDVMHY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. S. Bower on June 1, 2011
This is a simply ravishing disc. It's a classic analogue recording from 1980, lovingly produced, engineered and edited by Robert von Bahr, founder and leading light of BIS.

It's also a disc long beloved both by audiophiles and period instrument fans, and has been on The Absolute Sound's 'Super Disc' list since dinosaurs ruled. Mind you, so has a lot of dreck.

Suffice it to say, it really does not fall into that category. Minimally recorded and engineered, it used a Revox A77 and two - presumably spaced- simple Sennheiser MKH105 omni condenser mikes (vintage early 60's design); it amply shows the merits of simple signal path, combined with minimal intervention and post-processing. It might almost be an exemplar for what can be done with such a 'purist' approach to music recording.

You have to admire the skill; I used very similar equipment in my BBC days, and never managed to produce anything sounding this good!

In short, it sounds simply fabulous. It's not a speaker-burner type of disc, but immediately astonishes with its fluid, natural and utterly truthful sound, And the acoustic of the Chapel of the Imperial College, Madrid is just beautiful.

Unlike Paniagua/Atrium Musicae de Madrid's other famed audiophile disc, 'La Folia', you will find here no chainsaws, Land Rovers or explosions. Just an eclectic array of period instruments from the 15-17th century, plus a sprinkling of unexpected guests. The timbral qualities of the instruments are displayed to perfection, all set within a quite ravishing acoustic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Lunesta on February 25, 2012
I bought this a long time ago after hearing it on the local classical station. It was my introduction to early music and it has remained my favorite early recording for many years. The simplicity. The dynamics. The sound. They all make this one of my top five recordings of all times. I was mesmerized the first time I heard it and still am to this day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on October 28, 2012
This is a stunning disc. It may be "legendary" as is claimed on this page, but I'd not come across it before and the loss has been mine. It is a collection of instrumental music from the 15th- to the 17th-Centuries, some anonymous and some by the great composers of the period like Francesco da Milano and Josquin Desprez. I have found that collections like this can be terrific but they can also be rather dry and hard work. This is in the terrific category.

The ensemble uses a wide variety of instruments, all of which are played brilliantly in a collection of generally short pieces ranging from brisk dances to lovely slower and melodic airs. It's a truly wonderful experience, partly because of the quite fantastic quality of the recorded sound which is full, resonant and with every instrument crystal clear. I agree with the rave review given to the sound here by JS Bower, even though I only have a straight CD player so don't get the SACD effect - it's still remarkable.

I am sorry to sound gushing, but I was genuinely bowled over by this disc on first hearing and I still love it. I would say that you don't even need to be an Early Music enthusiast - anyone with any interest in music whatever will find much to enjoy here. Very warmly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pavel Petrov on March 10, 2013
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This is the best collection of Spagna-style works I ever listened. The performance sounds very pleasant even on the "usual" audio CD player (not SACD). Sound is bright, it literally weaves the atmosphere of 16'th century all around. The tracks are picked up and arranged carefully. A 'must have' purchase for every one who is interested in the renaissance music.
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