ANTWERP, 17 July 2006
â€”Laus Polyphoniae, a Flemish early music festival (19
- 27 August) in Antwerp, has chosen the theme of Spanish and
Latin-American music for the New World for its 2006 edition.
Entitled Conquista y Reconquista,
and performed by mostly Southern European and Latin American ensembles,
the programme features a diptych composed of music from the country of
the Catholic rulers King Ferdinand and Queen Isabellaâ€”who financed Columbusâ€™s expeditionâ€”and
music originating in the New World. Composers from Mexico, Peru and
Bolivia mixed the music imported from Europe with typical local
Juan de Araujo, Joan Brudieu, Juan del Encina, Gaspar Fernandes, Mateo
Flecha, Francisco Guerrero, CristĂłbal de Morales, Luys de NarvĂˇez,
Santiago de Murcia, Juan GutiĂ©rrez de Padilla, Francisco de PeĂ±alosa,
Gaspar Sanz, Juan VĂˇsquez en TomĂˇs Luis de Victoria are just some of the
composers whose work features in the festival programme. The figure of Don
Quixote, too, cannot be missing from this Iberian edition, and the Huelgas
Ensemble confronts the golden age of Portuguese polyphonic music with the
contemporary genre of fado.
1492 was also the year when, besides the Moors, the Jews were expelled
from Spain: it was the start of a Diaspora that would continue to
commemorate the country of origin in music and song. Yet Jews and Moors
had played an important role in the culture of the Iberian Peninsula, both
in science and in the arts. And nowhere more so than at the court of the
13th-century king Alfonso el Sabio (the Wise), who is credited with the
text, music and miniatures of the Cantigas de Santa Maria. These Cantigas
are the highlight of the festivalâ€™s closing concert.
Polyphoniae 2006 Web Site
19 - 27 August 2006
Tel: (32) 3 202 46 69
interview with Eduardo Lopez Banzo
harpsichordist and organist offered CK's Klassiknet some insight into
the little known world of Spanish baroque music and the dark, rich and
spirited pulse of the jacara, zarzuela and villancico.