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CV 1210 – CONCIERTO BARROCO (DVD) [13,99 Euro]




Our first DVD production, it could not be otherwise, was recorded in concert at the Real Coliseo Carlos III, the small baroque theatre built for the Court entertainments of the Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, where Cantus was founded and now has its headquarters.
La Ritirata is an ensemble directed by Bilbao cellist Josetxu Obregón, one of the most important musicians of the current panorama of early music worldwide. Hailed by the audience that filled the small Escorial theater, La Ritirata offered on 28 May 2011 a beautiful concert of works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, in a musical journey that started with the delicious dances of Andrea Falconieri, then introducing his contemporaries Selma and Castello, to arrive to central baroque composers rarely visited as Paisible, and the universally familiar Vivaldi and Telemann.
Using recorder and baroque violin as the main melodic instruments, and a full-textured continuo team of violoncello, harpsichord and two plucked instruments (theorbo and baroque guitar or archlute), La Ritirata thrilled the audience with wonderful pieces in which Tamar Lalo solo recorder competed with the ornaments of Miren Zeberio’s baroque violin, while the continuo section provided magical colours with harpsichordist Ignacio Prego, Daniel Zapico’s theorbo, archlutenist and baroque guitar player Enrike Solinís and, of course, the group’s director,  cellist Josetxu Obregón, who also played one of the most beautiful sonatas for cello and continuo that Antonio Vivaldi left us.
Beautifully filmed and produced, this DVD is a delightful stroll through beautiful pieces of the best European Baroque, well-known works interspersed with exciting discoveries that early music lovers will welcome, especially in the passionate performances of La Ritirata, whose dazzling technique is the main feature that defines each of the concerts offered by La Ritirata in their still short but highly successful career, with dozens of engagements wordwide that pack their agenda every year.
This evocative Baroque concert  will take you to the Venice of Vivaldi, Telemann’s Hamburg, to the 17th century Spanish Naples of Falconieri, or James Paisible’s London in an evening of irresistible appeal.



La Ritirata

  • Josetxu Obregón, director
  • Tamar Lalo, recorders
  • Miren Zeberio, baroque violín
  • Ignacio Prego, harpsichord
  • Daniel Zapico, theorbo
  • Enrike Solinís, baroque guitar and archlute
  • Josetxu Obregón, baroque cello


Total running time: 81:20

28-pages, full-colour booklet (Spanish/English) with liner notes by José Carlos Cabello

Filmed live atReal Coliseo de Carlos III de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid), 28 May 2011

Filmed by Federico Prieto (Master Acoustics)

Direction assistance María Ángeles Castro

Producers La Ritirata/Cantus Records

Design and booklet coordination José Carlos Cabello

Cover La Ritirata at Callejón de Grimaldi (by Real Coliseo de Carlos III and Real Monasterio)

The performance, of a suggestive improvised air, with flexible lines, rich in ornamentation and colours, passionate and intense, perfectly represents the strength and style of a new generation of baroque specialists [...] This project benefits from the usual care that the Spanish label Cantus  always puts in all its productions...
DIARIO DE SEVILLA (Spain, January 2013)

Cantus is an outstanding label, well known by early music fans, perhaps the most beautiful Spanish label, and deserves admiration [...] for taking the utmost care for detail and for the best packaging and booklet essays available today, thanks to the magnificent work of his founder, José Carlos Cabello. We must of course add to this the participation of La Ritirata, an ensemble director by cellist Josetxu Obregón, one of the undisputed starts of the HIP movement, who little by little have earned to their favor reviewers and audiences worldwide thanks to the quality, energy and vitality that are the hallmarks of their triumphant projects.
Mario Guada, DOBLE BARRA (Spain, February 2013)

Cantus presents here another of its delightful rarities, one of the two or three existing baroque chamber music period performance DVDs. La Ritirata offers a beautifully filmed concert which commences with the catchy dances written by Falconieri for the Spanish Naples, and finally takes us to the elegance of Telemann, the beauty of the unknown Paisible and the best performance of a Vivaldi cello sonata I have ever heard (or seen!) in my life. 10/10.

MUSICA PERFECTA MAGAZINE (Spain. January-June 2013)

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    Bartolomé de Selma: Canzon quinta a tre
    Antonio Vivaldi: cello sonata in a minor, RV 43, III Largo
    Andrea Falconieri: Passacaglia