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Spanish Dances

Harp Consort Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen  1. PasacallesThe Harp Consort 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Xacaras por primer tonoThe Harp Consort 2:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. GallardasThe Harp Consort 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. ZarambequesThe Harp Consort 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Chaconas y MarionasThe Harp Consort 4:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Preludio o Capricho ArpeadoThe Harp Consort 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. FoliasThe Harp Consort 4:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. PabanasThe Harp Consort 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. EspañoletasThe Harp Consort 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Achas & Buelta del HachaThe Harp Consort 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. ParadetasThe Harp Consort 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. ZarabandasThe Harp Consort 1:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. RugeroThe Harp Consort 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. BacasThe Harp Consort 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. VillanosThe Harp Consort 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. El TurdeonThe Harp Consort 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. CanariosThe Harp Consort 3:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. FantasiaThe Harp Consort 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Galeria de Amor & BueltaThe Harp Consort 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. TorneoThe Harp Consort 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Preludio y Fantasia con mucha Variedad de falsas, para los que se precian de AficionadosThe Harp Consort 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. TarantelaThe Harp Consort 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. MatachenesThe Harp Consort 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. GaytasThe Harp Consort 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. El Gran Duque & BayleteThe Harp Consort 3:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000001TYV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dances for the heart October 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The Harp Consort is a formidable team in presenting this music of 17th Century Spain. Ruiz de Ribayaz was a minor aristocrat who reached South America in his travels. A companion of the operatic composer Velasco, Ribayaz wrote a treatise of "music known to every school child in Madrid." This "common" music is here transformed into a series of luscious pieces that evoke nearly every emotion in the listener. The collaboration of harp and guitar in these offerings merge to produce simple chord sequences linking the pieces into one grand melody of many parts. Even strung together, the pieces grant each performer a range of opportunity for virtuosity. And Lawrence King's Harp Consort does just that throughout the disk. This flexibility allows the listener to choose listening to the set in sequence or in random selection without loss of continuity.
As a dance set, the rythmns vary with each piece, each opening with a signature theme. The pace may be fast or slow as the work develops. Although you cannot see Steve Player perform [as i have], the sense of the dancer's movements can readily be derived from the music. Adding to the images invoked is the realization that the dances are derived from places as far-flung as South America, Mexico and Northern Spain. One needn't be a music
nor dance specialist to envision the swirling, cavorting, or simply promenading figures that must have accompanied these pieces in their orginal form. Nor does one have any trouble imagining the shade of Ribayaz smiling approval at the Harp Consort's delightful presentation of his compositions. "Any child in Madrid" might have grown up to produce just what you're hearing from this CD.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plucking in Heaven November 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Andrew-Lawrence King and the Harp Consort play about 1400 different strummed instruments, from King's usual bevy of harps (double harps, celtic harps, etc.) to Paul O'Dette and company with their various lutes and guitars, plus Hille Perl on viola da gamba. As with many Harp Consort recordings, you don't know how much of their expertise you can trust in terms of "authenticity"; it's hard to tell if Ruiz de Ribayaz' music was ever played this way. But with an emphasis on improvisation and creativity, plus some extremely fine sounding period instruments (or copies), this disc is a supreme joy to listen to. Track 24, the Gaytas, is a particularly sweet and tuneful little piece. "Spanish Dances" runs the gamut from danceable (dangerously pop-influenced at times) to gentle and lilting, and always sublime. The types of music and sounds produced are greatly varied, possibly due more to the performers than the composer. The entrance of percussion into the fold is also very welcome. This is truly unlike anything else out there.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful stuff August 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to hear the Harp Consort perform much of this CD live in Oaxaca City's state museum--an 17th century Dominican monastery. Eerie doesn't begin to describe the experience. The group is wonderful. At one moment deep and dense, the next funny, light and a little bawdy. The CD captures this wonderful group and their amazing sound.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow the Five Star Trail July 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having been familiar with the works of ALK and The Harp Consort for some years, I was surprised that this bit of "the divine" passed me by. Courtesy of some of the more ecstatic reviewers below, I took a chance and ordered this disc. They are right. So beware: The music insinuates itself into your being. It may not make you a better person, but life can seem better after a bit of this uniquely tranquil, yet spirited, music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Andrew Lawrence-King outshines himself here, with the help of some of the world's best musicians on their particular instruments. Given a little decent publicity this CD could easily out-sell Pavarotti's biggest sellers. Absolutely stunning--a must have for ANY CD collector.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, beautiful, sublime! August 14, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Classical albums. The approach to the music by King's ensemble is definitive. What do I mean? King's approach is as definitive as Bohm is to Mozart, as Dorati is to Haydn, and as Karajan is to Beethoven. (Perhaps a better comparison would be those great David Munrow recordings of the 1970s.) Frankly, I have never heard a better program of early music than this. These performances excite, challenge, and invigorate the imagination!

The recording is of demonstration quality. It really is splendid--that "in-the-room-with-you" feeling.

Now the unbelivable part: I found this CD sealed in a bin marked "99 cents" in a store that specialized in rap and jazz! (I go to this store for jazz bargains.) My point: whatever you pay for this CD, it's worth it!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh do I love this music... August 4, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the first CD I ever purchased simply from hearing one cut. It was playing on my local public radio station as I drove into work... I was in pain when I had to get out of the car before the piece ended. I found the playlist on their website and logged onto Amazon and bought it immediately.
To say the least, I was not disappointed when the CD arrived. Every piece is a gem... different but similar.
And it wears well: I have played it almost every day for a year now. It is what I put on when I get home from work and I need calming but perking up. More enjoyable than a late afternoon latte.
It _is_ different than anything out there: percussion, harps, guitars, not flamenco but you can hear the influences. My musical tastes run the gamut: Billie Holiday to Mozart... Watermusic Suites to Bolero. This is unique!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Loveliest Harp Music Ever!
Very relaxing harp music. Great for down time and background music for a party. New age music lovers will ador it.
Published 10 months ago by Livia Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars lyrical music
Great music to lighten one's mood. The volume that it was recorded at varies a lot. Sometimes one has to turn it up to hear and after than there are crescendos which exercise the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by G. E. Mittelstaedt
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearing Perfection
Pretty much everything that the other five-star reviewers have said is true. The first thing to keep in mind is that, despite its name, The Harp Consort is an Early Music group... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. R. Trtek
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, not loud enough
This CD seems to have been recorded with a single microphone in a large room from far away, however, background noise is minimal, so turning up the volume for playback is not much... Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Steggerman
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge this CD by its cover!
'You can't judge a book by its cover' is a well-known expression. Here it applies to a CD that doesn't immediately "grab" you by stunning cover 'art'. Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Doctor Dan
2.0 out of 5 stars bizarre recording
The music is beautiful, but the production values are bizarre. Maybe I just got a bad disc, but one has to play this disc at almost twice the normal volume in order to hear it and... Read more
Published on May 8, 2011 by Rabbits Rafferty
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Harp
I am so glad I stumbled across this - was looking for a variety of harp music and found this. The music was written by a Priest in the 17th century - some of the pieces are... Read more
Published on June 18, 2010 by Quo Primum
5.0 out of 5 stars Such A great Selection
Ordered this item for the holidays and was absolutely pleased with this selection. It provided great dinner music and created a beautiful background. Very enjoyable!
Published on February 12, 2010 by Tressa
5.0 out of 5 stars A totally unexpected treat!
I had no idea harp was so prominent in the reperatory of Spanish music from this period. The Xacaras, complete with 'flamenco' dancing in the background, is just incredible. Read more
Published on February 28, 2009 by Weesel
5.0 out of 5 stars Mood-altering
Which century am I living in? What country do I live in? Who am I and is this my life? This music causes you to feel magically and wonderfully displaced. Read more
Published on February 15, 2009 by Cordelia
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