“Cuando muere el sol” = Music by SEBASTIAN DURON and others – Musica ficta

by | Dec 9, 2011 | Classical CD Reviews

“Cuando muere el sol” = Music by SEBASTIAN DURON and others – Musica ficta – Musica ficta 007, 72:47 [Distr. by Qualiton] ****:
Who is Sebastian Duron (1660-1716) you say? Why, since you ask, he is a famous—at the time anyway—Spanish Baroque composer who made a lot of hay out of the musical theater, whether zarzuelas or comedies. But his primary interest, and the source of most of his prolificacy, came in the form of religious music like masses and lamentations, and the villancico, a crossbreed of sorts. His career culminated in his appointment as Royal Chapel organist during the last years of Charles II. He made a political miscalculation when he supported Charles of Austria, even waiting on the outskirts of the city gates until Philip V retook the city and then banished Duron who ended his life in relative anonymity in France.
He faced a lot of criticism, mostly for his use of secular genres to propagate sacred music, but listening to it now one is hard pressed to understand why, as virtually all of it is beautifully done, tasteful, creative, and a pleasure to hear. The four member of Musica ficta use the tenor voice, percussion, baroque guitar, theorbo, recorders, pipes, bass dulcian, and harpsichord, along with a soprano, mezzo-soprano, and three gambas in several selections. I find this disc refreshing and enjoyable, with excellent sound and performances in a great variety of music
—Steven Ritter

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