Evangelina Mascardi vihuela, Maurizio Croci harpsichord, Arcana (2020)  video - listen/buy

croci mascardi credit Alberto PanzaniNZ6 2514 640With the battle of Pavia in 1525 a long period of Spanish domination began for Milan. Under the reign of Charles V the arts and music flourished. Antonio de Cabezón travelled across Europe visiting Milan in 1548 and his music influenced the great European composers. Contrary to keyboard instruments, lute and vihuela already have a vast repertoire in print.
The combination of a keyboard instrument (tecla) with the vihuela (called “viola da mano” in Italy) is common in the sources of Spanish influence of this period, which often bear the indication "para tecla y vihuela”. Evangelina Mascardi and Maurizio Croci, established soloists on the international early music scene , explore the affinities, the contrasts and, in the words of an enthusiastic chronicler of the time, the "unheard of imitations" that arise from the dialogue between the two instruments.
Their research project, carried out at the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne (HEMU) with the involvement of various international partners, has led to the discovery of new interpretations that offer to an immense repertoire of extremely high musical value, unique and fascinating perspectives.


photo © Alberto Panzani 

Para Tecla y Vihuela

music by Luis MIlan, Antonio de Cabezon, Alonso Mudarra
Recorded in Lugano (CH), Auditorio Stelio Molo, thanks to Radiotelevisione Svizzera


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