Esfera Armoniosa- Early music ensemble

   

May 2 2017
44th Santa Cruz Baroque Festival

The Many Delights of Hearing Esfera Armoniosa Live in Concert
Dean Silvers

"I have a large collection of recordings of South American music (folkloric, jazz, and classical) and have traveled in many countries of Latin America. Therefore, I was quite excited about the rare opportunity to hear in my own town a classical music group from Colombia. Esfera Armoniosa performed at the fifth concert of the Santa Cruz Baroque Festival on April 29, 2017, at Holy Cross Church in Santa Cruz, California. Their concert consisted of 17th and 18th century music that was either composed in Spain or sent from there to Spain's colonies in Latin America. The excellent program notes (with translations of the lyrics) told about each the composers whose works would be played. The musicians' extensive backgrounds (often specializing in Baroque music) and subsequent performances on many continents led me to believe that I would be hearing exceptionally talented artists. Esfera Armoniosa's first selection of the evening assured me that I was indeed fortunate to be present, and the subsequent pieces were of equally high caliber. Their enthusiasm for the material was totally infectious for the audience. Many of us were tapping our toes during the lively jacaras and other dance tunes.

The recorder is called in Spanish a flauta dulce ("sweet flute"), a name that was made evident by the sweet sounds flowing from the recorders of Claudia Liliana Gantívar (also the group's music director) and of Sergio Llano. Tenor Andrés Silva had a voice that was as pleasurable as the warm smile on his face. Julián Navarro's baroque guitar added to the depth and rhythmic qualities of the performance. Alfonso Correa's viola da gamba accompaniment was perfect. The theorbo playing of Sebastián Vega Q. led me to believe that he was providing the continuo to the selections, a role which he executed wonderfully. Esfera Armoniosa received many rounds of applause, which led to an encore to further delight our ears. Afterwards, the musicians lingered in the performance area to answer questions and were also given many hearty words of thanks. At the post-concert reception, the members of Esfera Armoniosa received more well-deserved accolades plus offers by two patrons to sponsor a return performance by the group. In the meantime, I know that I will continue to enjoy the group's two recordings, which will bring back many pleasant memories of a unique, lively, and enchanting evening that I shall long treasure".

May 19 2012
VIII Festival Internacional de Música Antigua
http://www.musicaantiqva.com/t824p30-viii-festival-internacional-de-musica-antigua

"La Esfera Armoniosa, de Colombia, cerró este X Festival. No hay nada que hacer: el que es bueno es bueno. El concierto de anoche estuvo realmente muy bueno. Colombia, no me queda duda ninguna, es punta de lanza del historicismo hispanoamericano. Hay que anotar que, si bien Música Ficta, La Esfera Armoniosa y Alba Sonora comparten integrantes, cada grupo tiene una personalidad muy marcada, que es la de sus respectivos directores. Esto habla ya de un nivel elevado."

Saludos,
cornodibasetto

November 14 2011
http://www.musicaantiqva.com/t972p15-los-mejores-discos-de-2011-propuestas

"Estimados amigos de La Esfera Armoniosa: En Lima, durante el FIMA 2011, tuve la oportunidad de conseguir vuestro primer cedé. Me he permitido proponerlo entre las mejores publicaciones de este año."

Un cordial saludo,
Martín Baigorria Castillo

November 8 2011

"Hi Claudia. Nice to meet you and I love your recording. Lots of talent!"

Linda Burman-Hall-Professor of Musi
University of California - Santa Cruz
Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, www.scbaroque.org

October 27 2011

Comment in You Tube
fontana1600 has made a comment on Sonata seconda- Fontana:

"Could somebody please share the name of the recorder player? She is fantastic and would love to find more music by her."

August 2 2011

"Buen día Claudia Liliana. Quiero contarte que recibí el disco de ESFERA ARMONIOSA y me encantó. Lastimosamente no pude acompañarlos en el concierto porque me llegó la información tarde. Soy un amante del repertorio antiguo y me gustaría saber si el CD se estará distribuyendo en Colombia. Este es mi correo, podemos seguir comunicándonos porque me gustaría que me tuvieran informado de conciertos y demás actividades."

Gracias,
Juan Carlos Garay
Revista Semana- Colombia

May 2 2011

"Cordial Saludo. Mi nombre es Gabriel Fernando Oviedo L, soy un aficionado a la música clásica con especial interés en música antigua y del renacimiento. Tuve la oportunidad de adquirir recientemente el CD Io Vo cantar y deseo felicitarlos por tan grata experiencia al deleitarnos con ese trabajo. Aparte de su excelente presentación y diseño gráfico tiene un sonido excelente y la calidad sintáctica del repertorio así como las posibilidades interpretativas lo hacen un CD de elección para los melómanos interesados en este periodo. Tuve el placer de verlos el año pasado en un magnífico concierto en Villa de Leyva y espero verlos y saludarlos nuevamente en algún escenario."

Gabriel Oviedo

September 18 2008

"Apreciada Claudia. Mil Gracias por el concierto tan bello que nos dieron en EAFIT. El repertorio es de mis favoritos y tengo varias versiones de música similar, me recordaron unas joyas que tengo en mi discoteca. Por el ejemplo, el Grupo Tragicomedia, de un disco de Luigi Rossi y otro variado de música de la misma época, en Italia. El tenor, me recuerda esas versiones de Luigi Alva, cantando Monteverdi. En fin, tocan relajados, disfrutando, con sencillez, con dominio, como lo hacen los verdaderos virtuosos. Transmiten la escena del concierto de cámara en el palacio del noble donde se ejecutaban esas piezas. Que serenata tan bella nos dieron. De nuevo, mil gracias, y muchos éxitos."

Afectuoso Saludo,
Salomon Kertzman Y.


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