The acclaimed Rose Ensemble is back again for another one-hour special for the holiday season. This year, the Twin Cities early music ensemble presents a program that is both rhythmic and regal: Spanish song and dance to celebrate Christmas Eve, La Nochebena.
In La Nochebuena, the Rose Ensemble explores the great variety of music that filled the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella, and flooded the chapels and streets of Renaissance Spain. Serene choral music from 16th-century masters is balanced with spirited cantigas for solo voice and harp, Spanish-language villancicos from court and countryside, and lively dances for vihuela, harp and percussion. The Rose Ensemble will transport listeners to a time and place when the sacred met the earthly in celebration of the season.
The program is hosted and produced by public radio veteran Tom Crann and the Rose Ensemble's founder and artistic director, Jordan Sramek. It airs on Classical MPR at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.
PlaylistLa Nochebuena: A Spanish Renaissance
Christmas with the Rose Ensemble
Francisco GUERRERO (c. 1528-1599): Laudate Dominum de caelis
Anon.: Breviarium Gothicum (1502): Digamos Ave Maria Cristóbal
De MORALES: (1500?-1553) Missus est Gabriel
Anon. (late 16th c.- early 17th c.): En Belén estan mis Amores
GUERRERO: Niño Dios d'amor herido
Diego ORTIZ (c. 1510-1570): Recercada Segunda (instrumental)
Pedro de ESCOBAR (c. 1465 - post 1535): Virgen bendita sin par
Juan Garcia de ZÉSPEDES: Convidando esta la noche
Anon. (15th c. Cancionero Musical de la Colombina): ¡Qué bonito Niño chiquito!
Anon. (late 16th c. - early 17th c.): Angeles del zielo
Anon. (15th c. Cancionero Musical del Palacio): Rey a quien reyes adoran
Juan Gutiérrez de PADILLA (c. 1590-1664): Las estreyas se rien