Luz del alva Luz des alva

The reign of the Catholic Monarchs - corresponding to the last decades of the 15th and the first decades of the 16th century - laid the foundation for Spain's power and prosperity in Early Modern Europe. Those were the days of Christopher Columbus’s expeditions, but also the days of the War of Granada and the expulsion of Jews from Spain… This stormy period in Spanish history has left a rich musical legacy. An essential part of it is the vast repertoire of Spanish secular art song written to amatory, political propaganda, philosophical and devotional texts. Most of this repertoire was written down the manuscript widely known as Cancionero Musical de Palacio. With more than 450 pieces composed over several decades by several generations of both identified and anonymous composers, Cancionero Musical de Palacio ‘towers above every other secular monument of Spanish Renaissance musical history’ (Robert Stevenson). Arianna Savall, Petter Johansen, Corina Marti, Michal Gondko and Tore Eketorp join forces to bring their public the gems of this madly beautiful music, which - according to the contemporary witness - was once ‘all the rage’ among members of the aristocratic society of the Early Renaissance Spain. An extremely "easy-to-the ear-going" programme, with Arianna Savall's touching singing coming straight from the heart.

LA MORRA is among the leading formations specializing in the performance of late medieval and early Renaissance European music. Following its Antwerp debut in 2000, La Morra has performed at some of the most prestigious European and North-American Early Music events, in Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Switzerland and the United States. Concert tours have also taken the ensemble to Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom. Prizes such as Diapason d'Or or Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (both awarded for the anniversary release of Johannes Ciconia's complete works, recorded together with Diabolus in Musica), and distinctions such as Diapason 5, Goldberg 5, Recording of the Year (medieval.org) or Recording of the Month (musicweb-international.com) are only part of the proof of the enthusiastic reception that La Morra's CD releases continue to enjoy among international music critics and the public. A melting pot of national temperaments, La Morra makes its home in Basle, the cultural capital of Switzerland, in close proximity to the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (where the performance of "early music" has been taught since 1933), the city's 550-year-old university and the rich resources for Early Music housed in the libraries of these institutions. Under the artistic leadership of the Swiss flutist/harpsichordist Corina Marti and the Polish lutenist Michal Gondko, La Morra re-defines itself according to the requirements of the projects it undertakes. For Luz del alva, Marti and Gondko join forces with the Catalan singer and harpist Arianna Savall, the Norwegian singer Petter Udland Johansen and the Swedish historical bowed instruments player Tore Eketorp.

Arianna Savall, voce, harp, drum
Petter Johansen, voce, fiddle, drum
Corina Marti, flutes, harpsichord
Michal Gondko, vihuela de mano, gittern, lute, drum
Tore Eketorp, vihuela de arco

1. Calate ala spagnola ditto terzetti (Joanambrosio Dalza, fl 1508)
2. Calata spagnola (Joanambrosio Dalza)  
3. La graçia de vos donsella (anonymous)  
4. Bien perdí mi coraçón (Juan Ponce, * c1476; † after 1520)  
5. ¡O, desdichado de mí! (Garci Sánchez de Badajoz, * c1460; † after 1524)  
6. Ay, que non sé rremediarme (J[uan?] de León, fl ?1480-1514)  
7. La pena sin ser sabida (Vincenet du Bruecquet, † before 1480)  
8. Alburquerque, Alburquerque (anonymous)  
9. Falla con misuras (?Guglielmo Ebreo da Pesaro, * c1420; † ?after 1484)  
10. Alta (Francisco de la Torre, fl 1483-1504)  
11. La spagna (Johannes Ghiselin, fl 1491-1507)  
12. ¿Qué me queréis, cavallero? (anonymous)  
13. Las mis penas, madre (Pedro de Escobar, * c1465; † after 1535)  
14. Dindirín (anonymous)
15. Al alva venid (anonymous)  
16. De ser mal casada (Diego Fernández, † 1551)  
17. ¿Qu'es de ti, desconsolado? (Juan del Encina, * 1468; † late 1529 or early 1530)  
18. Bive leda si podrás (anonymous)  
19. Por unos puertos arriba (Antonio de Ribera, fl early 16th century)  
20. Es la vida que tenemos (anonymous)  
21. Donsella Madre de Dios (Juan de Anchieta, * 1462; † 1523)  
22. Más vale trocar (Juan del Encina, * 1468; † late 1529 or early 1530)  
23. Todos los bienes del mundo (Juan del Encina)