V2404. GABRIEL GARRIDO Cond. Ensemble Elyma: Torrejón y Velasco Musique à la Cité des Rois Les Chemins du baroque, Vol. 5. (France) K617 035, recorded 1993. Handsome slipcase Edition w.Brochure. The French label K617 was launched in 1990 and has issued numerous recordings, many of which have received important awards such as Diapason d’Or de l’année, RTL d’Or, ffff Télérama, Fondation Cini à Venise. Its ‘Pathways of the Baroque’ series explores forgotten treasures of the European and Latin American Baroque. Final sealed copy! - 3383510000352
“I’m sneaking this one into the composer-oriented region of FANFARE….The performances are first-rate. As in previous releases, the otherwise fine engineering tends to favor the instrumentalists, which is a bit of a problem for those selections featuring individual soloists rather than the choir….highly recommended to lovers of exuberant Baroque music-making.”
- Barry Brenesal, FANFARE, July, 2003
“Gabriel Garrido is an Argentinian conductor specialising in Italian baroque and the recovery of the baroque musical heritage of Latin America.
Garrido was born 1950 in Buenos Aires, and at the age of 17 with the Argentine recorder quartet, Pro Arte, undertaking two tours in Europe. He studied music at University of La Plata, in Zürich, and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, specialising in the lute, baroque guitar and reed instruments of the Renaissance. He became a member of the Ensemble Ricercare and Jordi Savall's Hesperion XX, with whom he made several recordings. From 1977 he was a teacher at the Centre de Musique Ancienne at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, where in 1981 he founded Ensemble Elyma a performance and research ensemble. He has a long working relationship with the Studio di Musica Antica Antonio Il Verso of Palermo.
In 1992 Garrido commenced recording the key early recordings in the series Les Chemins du Baroque for the French label K617, which brought significant critic acclaim. UNESCO's International Music Council (IMC) invited Garrido to organize workshops, conferences, and concerts in an international symposium dedicated to the Latin American baroque, at Bariloche, Argentina, situated in the foothills of the Andes, for which UNESCO awarded him its ‘Mozart Medal’."
“In an incomparably poetic atmosphere, Gabriel Garrido leads us to discover the processional dances and villancicos of this astonishing master of Peruvian baroque. The sumptuous psalm Dixit Dominus, the Mass for six voices and a noble Good Friday lamentation complete a programme worthy of the splendours of the 'City of Kings'. Ensemble Elyma is an early music ensemble specialising in the baroque musical heritage of Latin America, led by Gabriel Garrido. The French label K617 has been undertaking a number of collaborative projects with musicians from Central and South America and the results have seen the recording of some amazing repertoire and the uncovering of some seriously neglected compositional talents. Tomas Torrejon y Velasco was just such a talent. He was a musician in the service of the Count of Lemos, who spent much time at the court of (Spanish-ruled) Naples in the mid-17th century before being appointed Viceroy of Peru, whence he took Torrejon in 1667. Within ten years Torrejon was choirmaster of the Cathedral in Lima, a post of unrivalled musical importance in America at that time.
The music of Tomas Torrejon y Velasco on this disc has been carefully edited and this exhaustive background bears fruit in allowing a really confident interpretation based on known scorings and deployment of forces. The singing and instrumental playing of the Ensemble Elyma is first rate, helped in particular by the acquisition of the cornett player Jean Tubery of ‘La Fenice’, whose ornamental decorations are marvellous. Gabriel Garrido also gets the best out of his singers, especially some wonderful sopranos who sound completely at home in this repertoire. The names of individual soloists are not mentioned so it is impossible to say who is who, but this doesn’t matter too much as the quality is consistent from all of the Ensemble Elyma singers. These secular works in particular have a lot going for them. The packaging is attractive and a large booklet has useful information and really stylish design.”
- Peter Wells, musicweb-international.com