Basque music has a special tone and differs markedly from Castillian or Andalusian soundscapes. New record captures a kind of medieval and early modern music very seldom heard.
The programme offered by Enrike Solinís and his ensemble on a new record – Euskel Antiqva: el Legado de Euskal Herria – brings together all the key elements of a neglected repertoryn of early Basque music. Here it is performed with respect for the historical practices and traditions of the Renaissance and the Baroque periods and on period instruments. This recording offers us a panache of moving songs and wonderful music that bring to our attention a totally unknown soundscape featuring vocals intermixed with performers playing on vihuelas, lutes, theorbos and guitars. Thanks to the talent and sensitivity of the singers and musicians of Euskal Barrokensemble directed by Enrike Solinís we are invited to marvel at musical gems full of vitality and emotion, which distil the essence of the musical culture of the ancient Basque Country.
Enrike Solinís was born in Bilbao and grew up in a musical family. At the age of 10, he discovered his love for the guitar and Enrike began to play his first accords with the help of his father.He has been awarded a number of international prizes including the International Competition in Comillas, the International Competition Ataulfo Argenta and the International Competition Andrés Segovia.
Thanks to a grant of the Province of Biscay, Enrike could study Ancient Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, expanding his interest in the music of different cultures and regions. It is this particular interest, which gives his music its special tone.
He is founder and musical conductor of the Euskal Barrokensemble. He has recorded for the labels Glossa, naïve, Zig-Zag Territoires, KLE, La má de Guido, Arsis, Analekta, and Alta Vox.
Conductor: Enrike Solinis
Composers: Juan Vásquez, Traditional, Johannes de Antxieta, Mateo Pérez de Albéniz, Joan Pérez de Lazarraga
Alia Vox: Audio CD 2015
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