Instruments: Organ of Abarca de Campos, Organ of Frechilla
Playing time: 69'
Recording date: July 1991
 Astrée (Auvidis) E 8500 [CD] España - Anthologie de la Musique espagnole - Anthology of Spanish Music
 Astrée (Auvidis) E 8600 [CDx7] España XVe-XXe - Six siècles de musique espagnole
Organ music was always important in Europe during the Renaissance. Italy, France and Spain played a great role for that instrument. This series of 10 CDs dedicated to the Spanish Historical Organs is very important to the comprehension of that music, and a better knowledege of composers like Cabezón, Arauxo or Cabanilles. The choice of Spanish organs is also very important for that illustration, as they have a particular sound perfectly suited to that repertoire of course, and express very well the Spanish spirit. Some of the works here are purely theoretical compositions, others are based on popular songs. The brillance of the organs is shown with the trumpeta real (as in the track 6 or 17). The flutes, violins and oboes are choosen for more meditative works (as in the track 5 or 9). The sound of this two organs is marvelous and will surely invite you to discover the other volumes of this great anthology.Bruno Cornec
When it comes to Spanish organ music of the era, the rest of the Órgano Histórico Español series is certainly a good place to look. It is very well-conceived and consists of ten volumes (also sold as a boxed set). The final volume presents the 18th century (including Miguel Lopez (1699-1792) of the present recording), whereas the first nine stick basically to the 16th & 17th centuries.
In keeping with his historical stature, the first volume is devoted to Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566; not to be confused with his son Hernando d.1602 who was famous as both a theorist & composer):
The most highly regarded composers in the two subsequent generations are Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1575-1654) and Juan Cabanilles (1644-1712). Recordings devoted to each of those two organists:
Other general organ collections:
And a very fine collection performed on the clavichord:
And another broad collection of some of this repertory, extending onward to the era of Scarlatti & Soler, performed on harpsichord:
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