Performers: María Villa (vocal solo, chorus), Miguel Bernal (vocal solo, chorus), Pablo Heras (vocal solo, chorus), Emilio Gómez (vocal solo, chorus), Ana Manuela Rey (chorus), Ángel Botia (chorus), Carlos García (chorus), Pepe Rey (chorus), Nuria Llopis (harp), Itziar Atucha (bowed vihuela), Marcial Moreiras (bowed vihuela), Francisco Javier García (citola, guitar), Dmitri Psonis (psaltery, lute, percussion), Pedro Estevan (percussion), Juan Dionisio Martín (flutes), Francisco Rubio (cornet), Rafael Taibo (recitation)
Playing time: 119'
Recording date: August-September 1999 (Madrid)
These CDs are packaged in a CD-sized hardbound book of 91 pages. Pierre-F. Roberge notes that, excluding Cantiga de Maio & Cantiga de escarnio, two Cantigas (300 & 367) are recorded here for the first time. The former two un-numbered items are texts by Alfonso which survive in other sources without music. The first has been set to music by the present ensemble, using music of a "May song" from a Marian collection. The second is poetry without music.
The notes for the present program emphasize the negative events of Alfonso's reign, and especially select songs in which he speaks about himself and makes negative or derogatory comments about other people. This revolves mostly around the unhappiness late in his life.
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