Ortiz: Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas

Diego Ortiz
Recercadas del Trattado de Glosas 1553
Jordi Savall, et al.
Astrée (Auvidis) E 8717 [CD]
Astrée (Naïve) "Musica Iberica" ES 9967 [CD]
Alia Vox "Heritage" AVSA 9899 [CD]


    Recercadas sobre el canto llano "La Spagna"
  1. Recercada segunda
  2. Recercada terçera
  3. Recercada primera
  4. Recercada quarta
  5. Recercada quinta
  6. Recercada sesta

  7. Recercadas sobre el Madrigal "O felici occhi miei" by Arcadelt
  8. Recercada quarta
  9. Recercada primera
  10. Recercada segunda
  11. Recercada terçera

  12. Recercadas para viola de gamba solo
  13. Recercada terçera
  14. Recercada segunda
  15. Recercada primera
  16. Recercada quarta

  17. Recercadas sobre la cancion "Doulce Memoire" by Sandrin
  18. Recercada quarta
  19. Recercada primera
  20. Recercada segunda
  21. Recercada terçera

  22. Recercadas sobre tenores
  23. Recardada quarta sobre la "folia"
  24. Recardada primera sobre el "passamezzo" antiguo
  25. Recardada ottaua sobre la "folia"
  26. Recardada "Quinta" boz
  27. Recardada terçera sobre el "passamezzo" moderno
  28. Recardada sesta sobre la "Romanesca"
  29. Recardada settima sobre la "Romanesca"
  30. Recardada quinta sobre el "passamezzo" antiguo
  31. Recardada segunda sobre el "passamezzo" moderno

Playing time: 49' 35"

Jordi Savall (bass viol), Ton Koopman (harpsichord, organ), Lorenz Duftschmid (violone), Rolf Lislevand (vihuela), Paolo Pandolfo (bass viol), Andrew Lawrence-King (harp)

Recording site and date:
San Martino, Italy [04/1989];
Rel.: 1990 (E), 02/27/2001 (ES)

[27] Astrée (Auvidis) E 8500 [CD] España - Anthologie de la Musique espagnole - Anthology of Spanish Music
[27] Astrée (Auvidis) E 8600 [CDx7] España XVe-XXe - Six siècles de musique espagnole

Reviewed in:
Diapason (#-p.): 363-178 (september 1990)

Information from CD.

Pierre-F. Roberge

Diego Ortiz published his collection Trattado de Glosas (which includes extensive discussion of performance practice) in 1553. Little is known of his life aside from that date and the fact that he came from Toledo. Despite this obscurity, his recercadas are some of the finest instrumental music of the 16th century, and his publication was a landmark.

Ortiz' works are highly illuminating from a purely musical point of view, as well as being unusual in that it is often scored for solo viol with harpsichord or organ accompaniment.

Some other recordings:

Ortiz: Trattado de Glosas
Les Basses Réunies - Bruno Cocset
Alpha 563 [CD]
Ortiz: Caleidoscopio
Dulce Memoria / Felices Ojos
Comet Musicke
Son an ero 18 [CDx2]
Ortiz: Recercadas from the Tratado de Glosas
Savall / Gálvez / Cassademunt
Hispavox 7 [LP]

Although his year of birth is unknown, Ortiz was apparently a close contemporary of both Antonio de Cabezón and Luys de Narvaez, two of the other Spanish pioneers of instrumental music. A recording devoted to Cabezón:

Antonio de Cabezón: Glosados, Diferencias, Tientos
Trio Unda Maris
La mà de guido 2014

And a recording devoted to Narvaez' vihuela music:

Narvaez: Los seys líbros del Delphín de Música
Hopkinson Smith
Astrée 8706

A couple of recordings of instrumental music from Spain, from this period and beyond:

Folias and Canarios
Hespèrion XX - Jordi Savall
Astrée 8516
Musica Hispanica
Musik aus Spaniens goldenem Zeitlater
Flautando Köln
Ars Musici 232380

Finally, a recording devoted to Ortiz's vocal music:

Ortiz: Ad Vesperas - Sacred works
Cantor Lontan / Il suonar parlante - Marco Mencoboni
Alpha 108

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