The Guerra Manuscript Vol. 2 (Juan Sancho/ Ars Atlantica/ Manuel Vilas) (Naxos: 8.572876)
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Named after an eminent scribe at the court in Madrid, the Guerra Manuscript
contains over one hundred secular songs from the second half of the seventeenth century. The anthology is a valuable repository of music from anonymous sources but also from Spain's very finest Baroque composers, such as Juan Hidalgo and Jose Marin. These expressive songs, largely on poetic and mythological themes, are performed by some of the world's leading interpreters of the genre, whose first volume in this series [8.570135] received great acclaim.
Whilst Hidalgo and Marin, two of the most famous, have received recordings, our disc focuses exclusively on the manuscript, so contextualising their music alongside that of other, often anonymous composers. The first volume in the series won considerable acclaim.