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C 9631 TAÑER DE GALA [11,99 Euro]


The case of the Spanish vihuela de mano is quite unique in the history of music. It enjoyed an ephemeral existence, if compared with the lute, and originated a small but most interesting repertoire of the highest quality. Only three historical instruments appear to have arrived to our times, although we cannot be totally sure that any of them can be considered a real vihuela, or at least the kind of vihuela normally used in Spain during the 16th century.

The substantial booklet of 82 pages and abundant illustrations that accompanies this recording provides a fascinating insight on the history, development and decline of the instrument, incorporating the results of the latest musicological and organological research. It is divided in two essays, one devoted to the instrument, its history and repertoire, and another one that analyses the biographies and output of the composers included in the CD.

The performer is Juan Carlos Rivera, considered to be the best vihuelist of our time. He is gifted with a sensitive and clear touch to which we must add his musicality, phrasing and secure technique that makes him a unique figure of the historical plucked strings instruments in our time. The natural, exquisite and pure sound of the most Spanish of all instruments can be heard in this marvellous recording, that includes a great number of masterpieces by the best composers of the 16th century, among them the first recording with vihuela of pieces of Francesco da Milano.



  • Juan Carlos Rivera, vihuela (Francisco Hervás, 1990)


Total time 56:40

56-pages booklet with different articles by José Carlos Cabello

Recorded at Antigua Iglesia de San Miguel, Cuenca, July 2000

Recording, editing and production José Carlos Cabello

Cover Alonso Sánchez Coello, “Ana de Austria”, ca. 1570-1. Fundación Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid

5/5 CD Review (South Korea)
In Rivera’s hands, this less familiar member of the guitar clan is capable of exceptional clarity and expression. He unerringly balances melody and accompaniment with a dazzling intonation (Grant Covell,

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    La Romanesca en tres maneras – Alonso Mudarra (ca. 1510 – 1580)
    Canción del Emperador (Mille Regres) – Luis de Narváez (s.XVI)
    Si me llaman, a mí llaman – Diego Pisador (ca. 1510 – después 1557)



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