Clips from Via Crucis, the 2010 album of L’Arpeggiata, European early music ensemble led by Christina Pluhar, the Austrian theorbist and conductor. Guest singers are Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, Marco Beasley, The King’s Singers and Barbara Furtuna Corsican male voice quartet. Published by Virgin Classics. The album received 5 stars from the Amazon.com customers, and the reviews are highly positive.
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Santo (Tanguillos) from the Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Peña’s 1991 album Misa Flamenca (English: a Flamenco Mass), which contains Peña’s compositions and his original concept for a flamenco Mass sprang from the desire to unite the Catholic perception of the religious Mass to flamenco musical tradition.
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Famous Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo sings Malagueña, a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, written in 1928. Malagueña was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia.
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Georges Moustaki sings “Le Flamenco, una España sin Franco” (The Flamenco, a Spain without Franco), in French. The guitars are played by the Spanish flamenco guitarist José Pisa.
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Two masters of the guitar – Eliot Fisk, a great classical guitarist, and Paco Peña, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists ever. In a tiny concert presented by NPR Music, they’re playing two classical and two flamenco pieces.
The repertoire here ranges from Baroque compositions by Bach and Domenico Scarlatti to present-day flamenco. And what happens when these two master players get together is a mix of meticulous and improvised, with Fisk leaning toward the former and Peña toward the latter.
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Paco de Lucía, one of the greatest flamenco guitarists in history has died at age 66. A great loss to Andalucía, Spain, and humanity.
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It is reported that he died in Cancun (Mexico) of a heart attack while playing with his children on the beach.
“La Tarara” is an antique Spanish song. Here it is played by the popular Chilean group Inti-Illimani Histórico and sung by Diego El Cigala, the famous flamenco singer.
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One of the best flamenco guitarists of the 20th century, Sabicas (b. 16 March 1912 in Pamplona, Spain; d. 14 April 1990 in New York.) is playing the famous “Malagueña”, a song by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona; written in 1928, it was originally the sixth movement of Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia.
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The song has since become a popular, jazz, marching band, and drum corps standard and has been provided with lyrics in several languages.