The Echo of Opheus

Vihuela Music of Renaissance Spain. On vihuela or 'Spanish Lute' – John Griffiths presents an intimate selection of Renaissance fantasies, variations and dances by Spanish composers inspired by the mythological legend of Orpheus.

To 16th century Spanish musicians the vihuela was the spiritual reincarnation of the ancient lyre and an evocation of Orpheus, its greatest legendary exponent.

Includes pieces by Luis de Navarez, Esteban Daza, Enriquez de Valderrábano, Luis Milán, Alonso Mudarra and Miguel de Fuenllana.

Artist

John Griffiths

John Griffiths studied vihuela and lute with Hopkinson Smith and Eugen Müller Dombois in Basel, and has published a broad range of books and articles on the vihuela.


Press quotes

“This outstanding early music recording is the finest Australia has yet produced.”

Soundscapes

“brilliant ... spellbinding pieces”

New Classics, UK

“In the skilled hands of Griffiths, the 12-string instrument produces exquisite sounds.”

Sunday Herald Sun

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Los seys libros del Delphín Luis de Narváez

  1. Quatro diferencias sobre Guárdame las vacas 1:50
  2. Fantasía del primer tono por Gsolreut [No 13] 1:45
  3. Fantasía del quarto tono [No 10] 2:11
  4. Fantasía del quinto tono [No 11] 2:19
  5. Conde claros del sesto tono [22 variations] 3:10
  6. El Parnasso Esteban Daza

  7. Fantasia por el tercero tono [No 3] 2:48
  8. Gritos daba la morenica 1:36
  9. Fantasia de passos largos para desemvoluer las manos [No 21] 2:23
  10. Conde claros del sesto tono [22 variations] 2:11
  11. Silva de sirenas Enríquez de Valderrábano

  12. Siete diferencias fáciles sobre Guardame las vacas 4:00
  13. Fantasía suelta del quarto tono [No 1] 2:06
  14. Fantasía sobre un pleni de contrapunto [No 10] 2:57
  15. De dónde venís, amore? [Vásquez] 2:10
  16. Soneto lombardo a manera de dança 2:02
  17. El Maestro Luis Milan

  18. Fantasía por el primer tono [No 1] 2:07
  19. Fantasía del cuarto tono [No 8] 2:56
  20. Fantasía del octavo tono que remeda a las pauanas que tañen en Ytalia [No 22] 3:38
  21. Fantasía de consonancias y redobles del primero y segundo tono [No 11] 3:22
  22. Tres libros de Música Alonso Mudarra

  23. Pauana de alexandre; Gallarda 3:08
  24. Pleni de la misa faysan regres de Josquin 2:26
  25. Fantasía de passos largos para desenbolver las manos [No 1] 1:44
  26. Fantasía que contrahaze la harpa en la manera de luduuico [No 10] 2:16
  27. Orphénica Lyra Miguel de Fuenllana

  28. Duo de Fuenllana 2:32
  29. Duélete de mí, señora [Juan Vásquez] 2:45
  30. Fantasía de redobles [No 51] 1:31
  31. Tant que vivray [Claudin de Sermisy] 2:22
  32. Pavana de España (Anonymous) 3:37
  33. Folias (Anonymous) 4:58

Performers

Composers


Where to buy

The Echo of Opheus can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’, Discurio and Readings.

Product details

Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
72 minutes 50 seconds
Engineer
Martin Wright
Editing
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Venue
Move Records Studio
Release date
1995
Copyright
© 1995 Move Records
Phonogram
℗ 1995 Move Records
Categories
Classical, Early music
Catalogue number
MD 3089
Alternate catalogue number
MD3089
Barcode
EAN 9314574308921