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The Newberry Consort|A Mexican Christmas (Live)

A Mexican Christmas (Live)

EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, The Newberry Consort

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Various performers have taken up the rhythmically kaleidoscopic music of 17th century Mexico, but this album from the Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc does them one better in a way. The Newberry Consort was inspired to create the program after touring in Durango, Mexico, and observing the vital mix of cathedral and street music at Christmastime. The album was taken from a live concert that has been successful and presented multiple times, featuring slightly different music each time. Where this presentation expands upon earlier ones is that it offers a physical representation of the sacred-secular mix, with the female singers of the Newberry Consort behind a screen in the role of nuns, performing the sacred selections, while EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, in the role of a villancico group of the day, played front and center. The music of the latter group, especially, reflected the African influences in this repertory, and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc offers zippy and forceful rhythms. What makes this music so fascinating, though, is that the African rhythms found their way into the sacred music as well. The musicians forge consistently lively contrasts between the nuns and the village players, but it is not just a question of polyphony of the nuns vs. rhythm of the street musicians. Listen to the segue from the Galician-language Si al nacer o miniño of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla to Gaspar Fernandes' humorous Dame albriçias, mano Anton (Negrito) and the blazing Cumbé of Santiago de Murcia, the Spanish composer who did the most to explore the African element. Other groups, including those of Jordi Savall, have offered cleaner readings of this repertory, and the live church sound is harsh at times, but there is a very attractive energy here, reflected in the final Convidando está la noche of Juan García de Zéspedes, where all of the performers join forces and are rewarded with enthusiastic cheers as a piñata is passed out into the audience. It may be that this recording comes closest to how the music sounded in 17th century Mexico, and it is a great deal of fun. It's one of the most genuinely joyous of 2021's group of Christmas releases.
© TiVo

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Introducción - Christus natus est nobis (Live) (Juan Gutierrez de Padilla)

1
Introducción - Christus natus est nobis (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:05:03

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Composer - David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Voces, las de la capilla (Live) (Juan Gutierrez de Padilla)

2
Voces, las de la capilla (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:06:53

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Composer - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Andrés do queda el ganado? (Guineo) [Live] (Gaspar Fernandes)

3
Andrés do queda el ganado? (Guineo) [Live]
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc
00:03:44

David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - Gaspar Fernandes, Composer - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Qué música divina (Live) (José de Cáseda)

4
Qué música divina (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:09:05

The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist - José de Cáseda, Composer

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Serenísima una noche (Live) (Fray Geronimo Gonzalez)

5
Serenísima una noche (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:04:00

David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist - Fray Gerónimo González, Composer - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Al establo más dichoso (Live) (Juan Gutierrez de Padilla)

6
Al establo más dichoso (Live)
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc
00:08:36

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Composer - David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist - Jade J. Maze, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Suspended, Cielos, vuestro dulce canto (Live) (Joan Cererols)

7
Suspended, Cielos, vuestro dulce canto (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:10:47

Joan Cererols, Composer - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Si al nacer o miniño (Live) (Juan Gutierrez de Padilla)

8
Si al nacer o miniño (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:04:43

Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Composer - David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Dame albriçias, mano Antón (Negrito) [Live] (Gaspar Fernandes)

9
Dame albriçias, mano Antón (Negrito) [Live]
The Newberry Consort
00:03:45

David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist - Gaspar Fernandes, Composer - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Cumbé (Arr. J.L. Posada for Chamber Ensemble) [Live] (Santiago de Murcia)

10
Cumbé (Arr. J.L. Posada for Chamber Ensemble) [Live]
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc
00:02:57

Santiago de Murcia, Composer - David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

La Azucena (Arr. J.L. Posada for Chamber Ensemble) [Live] (Santiago de Murcia)

11
La Azucena (Arr. J.L. Posada for Chamber Ensemble) [Live]
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc
00:02:39

Santiago de Murcia, Composer - David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Convidando está la noche (Live) (Juan Garcia de Zespedes)

12
Convidando está la noche (Live)
The Newberry Consort
00:07:13

Juan García de Zéspedes, Composer - David Douglass, Artist, MainArtist - The Newberry Consort, Ensemble, MainArtist - Eric Miranda, Artist, MainArtist - Matthew Dean, Artist, MainArtist - Brandon Acker, Artist, MainArtist - Brandi Berry, Artist, MainArtist - EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, Ensemble, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Navona (P) 2021 Navona

Album Description

Various performers have taken up the rhythmically kaleidoscopic music of 17th century Mexico, but this album from the Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc does them one better in a way. The Newberry Consort was inspired to create the program after touring in Durango, Mexico, and observing the vital mix of cathedral and street music at Christmastime. The album was taken from a live concert that has been successful and presented multiple times, featuring slightly different music each time. Where this presentation expands upon earlier ones is that it offers a physical representation of the sacred-secular mix, with the female singers of the Newberry Consort behind a screen in the role of nuns, performing the sacred selections, while EnsAmble Ad-Hoc, in the role of a villancico group of the day, played front and center. The music of the latter group, especially, reflected the African influences in this repertory, and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc offers zippy and forceful rhythms. What makes this music so fascinating, though, is that the African rhythms found their way into the sacred music as well. The musicians forge consistently lively contrasts between the nuns and the village players, but it is not just a question of polyphony of the nuns vs. rhythm of the street musicians. Listen to the segue from the Galician-language Si al nacer o miniño of Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla to Gaspar Fernandes' humorous Dame albriçias, mano Anton (Negrito) and the blazing Cumbé of Santiago de Murcia, the Spanish composer who did the most to explore the African element. Other groups, including those of Jordi Savall, have offered cleaner readings of this repertory, and the live church sound is harsh at times, but there is a very attractive energy here, reflected in the final Convidando está la noche of Juan García de Zéspedes, where all of the performers join forces and are rewarded with enthusiastic cheers as a piñata is passed out into the audience. It may be that this recording comes closest to how the music sounded in 17th century Mexico, and it is a great deal of fun. It's one of the most genuinely joyous of 2021's group of Christmas releases.
© TiVo

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