Yr a oydo, New CD Already Available

By Vicente Parrilla on April 16, 2010 — 5 mins read

Yr a oydo, our latest, much anticipated CD, has been just released and it’s already available through our website! It is our second CD in eleven long years, so that’s a big event for us!

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), and features an innovative program we have been working at for a few years now —having had the opportunity to play it live on numerous occasions prior to recording it, in which the main protagonist is, undoubtedly, improvisation.

MH - Yr a oydo

Yr a oydo - Nominated to International Classical Music Awards ICMA - 2011 edition
Yr a oydo - Disco Excepcional

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Yr a oydo (old Spanish for ‘Going by ear’) rethinks and contests the role of the modern performers of early music (who are often limited to performing just what is shown in the score), while trying 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 an extremely unusual proposition within the field of early music performance: the fully improvised performance of virtually all the pieces included in the CD.

Yr a oydo’s live performances have always been warmly received by the public—besides being cellebrated by the specialist press. Here are a few quotes:

“One of the most original and powerful spectacles on offer from Spanish early music today.”
Scherzo

“Vuelta de tuerca a la música antigua.”
La Nueva España, 21 de diciembre de 2008

First press—and podcast—reactions start to arrive now:

“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.”
The New York Times, February 17, 2011

“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.”
Scherzo, see pdf, June 2010

“Una auténtica delicia y un disco indispensable para tomar el pulso a las nuevas propuestas en la interpretación de música clásica en España.”
Pablo Velasco, Suite101, June 18th, 2010

“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.”
—Bernard Gordillo, on Harmonia Early Music’s podcast (Indiana, USA), May 28, 2010

“Un trabajo lleno de fantasía, imaginación, hondura y virtuosismo, que en directo conforma un espectáculo fascinante, con mucho de sesión de jazz, y tal y como ha quedado recogido en este disco resulta de una exuberancia, una vitalidad y una sensualidad deslumbrantes.”
Diario de Sevilla on the release of Yr a oydo, April 10, 2010

Last Saturday, April 17th, a new CD review was published at ABCD, the culture magazine of the Spanish ABC newspaper. See page 1 and page 2.

And these are some of the first reactions from the first CD buyers:

“It’s great musicianship, really hot stuff. I would love to hear you live in a concert! Thank you very much for the CD! People say that your concert was the best in the Utrecht festival 2008, now I understand!”
—M. (Freiburg), 3 de marzo de 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), 8 de abril de 2010

“I love your musicmaking. 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), 19 de abril de 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 springsun, the birds also started to sing! A pity you couldn’t hear the wonderful combination of the birds and the music.”
—Jacqueline D. (Utrecht), 26 de abril de 2010

“I was really desperate to get my hands on the disc as I had been looking at your You Tube Videos for some time. Your CD is the one that is played the most at the moment. I love the whole dics, but as I said I adore Zefiro Torna and adore your improvisation there.”
—Chris V. (Londres), 29 de abril de 2010

“L’acabo de rebre…, és una passada! moltíssimes felicitats!!!!! M’ha encantat…”
—Eloi F. (Barcelona), 30 de abril de 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 (Lieja), 11 de mayo de 2010

“Solo quería decirte que me ENCANTA el disco, me lo esperaba bueno, pero no así!”
—Jorge J. (Sevilla), 18 de mayo de 2010

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MORE HISPANO

Vicente Parrilla, recorders & direction
Raquel Andueza, soprano
Fahmi Alqhai, viola da gamba
Jesús Fernández, lute, theorbo and guitar
Miguel Rincón, vihuela, theorbo and guitar
Javier Núñez, harpsichord
Álvaro Garrido, percussion

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