Music for Philip of Spain & his four wives

Signum Classics SIGCD006

The Gramophone : Bravo!

Early Music Review : Highly recommended

The Oxford Times

In music, late 16th-century Spain was rich and cosmopolitan, taking influences from across the Hapsburg empire.

In this disc the equally cosmopolitan, Oxford-based consort charivari agréable have put together a wide-ranging programme of music from that era to mark the 400th anniversary of the king¹s death. The playing is exquisite, the recording immaculate, the variety fascinating. -

Early Music Today

'... exquisite performances of music (some imaginatively arranged) from Philip II's court at the Escorial, along with several contemporary Spanish-influenced English and French works. The instrumental pieces are particularly successful; Caurroy's 'Fantasias sur une jeune fillette' and Cabezon's version of 'Doulce memoire' are among the highlights of a highly intelligent programme'


D Ortiz: Recercadas 1,2,4,8; E de Valderrábano: Descante sobre un punto; LV de Henestrosa: Diferencias sobre Guardame las Vacas; H de Cabezon: Ave maristela, Doulce memoire, Susane un jur; O Fugger: Arias, O bella; A de Cabezon: Diferencias sobre canto del Cavallero & las Vacas; L Milán: Con pavor, Sospirastes, Falai mina, Fantasia, Al amor; J Vásquez: Gracias al cielo; Anon. Vuestros ojos; D Pisador: Sempre mi, Madonna mia fa; T Hume: A Soldiers Resolution; T Robinson: Spanish Pavan; A Ferrabosco: Spanish Pavinge; T Morley: Ayre; E du Caurroy: Fantaisies sur Une jeune fillette; Trad: Une jeune fillette

Nicky Kennedy - soprano; Rodrigo del Pozo - tenor; Susanne Heinrich, Sarah Groser, Reiko Ichise - viols; Lynda Sayce - renaissance flute, lute & vihuela; Kah-Ming Ng - harpsichord & chamber organ