Recorded in April 2009 for German label Carpe Diem, Yr a oydo “represents one of the most original and powerful contributions ever made by a Spanish ensemble to Early Music discography” (Scherzo magazine). Our new CD features a programme we have been working on for a few years after having had the opportunity to play it live on numerous occasions before recording it. The main protagonist is, undoubtedly, improvisation.
Yr a oydo (old Spanish for ‘Going by ear’) rethinks and contests the role of the modern performer of early music, often limited to performing what is written in the score. Besides, it tries to reinstate the creative side, which not only belongs to their performance but, indeed, they should never omit. Yr a oydo is also an innovative project, in keeping with a highly unusual proposition within the field of early music performance: the entirely improvised performance of virtually all the pieces included in the CD.
“Whereas for most period-instrument bands improvisation means judiciously adding ornaments, Mr. Parrilla and company go all out. Mr. Parrilla, on recorder, takes turns with the other instrumentalists elaborating on the composers’ melodies, often adding modal touches and varying the rhythms, much as a virtuosic jazz band would do with a group of standards.”
«Yr a oydo representa una de las más originales y poderosas aportaciones que haya hecho nunca un grupo español a la discografía del repertorio antiguo. […] Hablamos sencillamente de algunos de los más dotados músicos españoles de su generación, lo que muestran de sobra con glosas que bordean en ocasiones el límite de las posibilidades de cada instrumento. […] Hay aquí fantasía, imaginación, sensualidad, exuberancia, pero también una manera de hacer que invita a la reflexión sobre la auténtica naturaleza de la música.
[…] Lección sobre las posibilidades de una visión del repertorio occidental que, sin dejar de ser riguroso en informado, se aparta de los caminos más trillados del academicismo».
“I was particularly impressed with More Hispano’s beautifully unfettered style of improvisation. The ensemble’s excellent performance is tightly knit and brimming over with energy, from the wonderful and unpredictable instrumental improvisation to the rapturous singing by soprano Raquel Andueza. The recording is an absolute joy to listen to.”
“It’s great musicianship, really hot stuff. I would love to hear you live at a concert! Thank you very much for the CD! People say that your concert was the best at the Utrecht festival 2008, now I understand!”
—M. (Freiburg), March 3, 2010
“Una bocanada de aire fresco y necesario en el panorama que tenemos ahora en el país, rebosa frescura y se aparta de todo lo hecho hasta ahora. Enhorabuena.”
—D. (València), April 8, 2010
“I love your music-making. You must have had great pleasure in making this CD. That’s what I hear. And for me, your music is inspiring and touching.”
—J. (Amsterdam), April 19, 2010
“I was very glad to receive the long-expected CD of More Hispano!!!!!!! When I was listening to the wonderful improvisations, sitting in my garden in the spring sun, the birds also started to sing! A pity you couldn’t hear the wonderful combination of the birds and the music.”
—Jacqueline D. (Utrecht), April 26, 2010
“I was really desperate to get my hands on the disc as I had been looking at your YouTube Videos for some time. Your CD is the one that is played the most at the moment. I love the whole disc, but as I said I adore Zefiro Torna and adore your improvisation there.”
—Chris V. (Londres), April 29, 2010
“L’acabo de rebre..., és una passada! moltíssimes felicitats!!!!! M’ha encantat...”
—Eloi F. (Barcelona), April 30, 2010
“This recording exudes joy, passion, the happiness of playing together and search for Beauty! Early music grows a little more & it makes me glad!”
—Frédéric (Liége), May 11, 2010
“Solo quería decirte que me ENCANTA el disco, me lo esperaba bueno, pero no así!”