Charamelas d’El Rey presents itself for the first time in S. Vicente de Fora

The group Chamarelas d’El Rey, under the direction of Pedro Castro, presents itself for the first time to the public, on Saturday, at the end of the organ concerts cycle of the Church of S. Vicente de Fora, in Lisbon.

This concert, titled ‘Mvsiqve de Joye’, is performed by the musician João Vaz, organist of the Fontanes organ of S. Vicente de Fora, since 1997, and artistic director of the cycle.

The concert “recreates this sonorous world of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, where the sacred and the profane lived in and out of the temples,” João Vaz told.

The program includes, among others, pieces by Francisco de la Torre, ‘Danza Alta, La Spagna’, António Carreira, Fantasia in Lá-Ré and ‘Canção’, Jacques Moderne, ‘Musique de Joye’ and Fantasia Instrumental a 4, Pedro of Araújo, half recording [of two tiples] of 3º tone, and, of the Songbook of Elvas, ‘I want to die Anton’, ‘Secaron me the sorrows’, ‘Lost Poles my Eyes’ and ‘Do not walk so bored’ , of anonymous authors.

There will also be performed pieces by Pedro Escobal, ‘Pass me by God Varquero’, Diogo Dias Melgás, ‘Salve Regina’ and ‘Adjuva nos’, Joan Cabanilles, Italian Stream, and by Michael Praetorius, Terpsichore Musarum Suite, ‘Bransle de la Royne’ and ‘Ballet du Roy pour sonner apres’, among others.

The ensemble Charamelas d’El-Rey, under the direction of Pedro Castro, includes the musicians Luís Marques and André Ferreira.

“Based on the execution of historically informed practices and the use of replicas of contemporary instruments from the repertoire interpreted, the Charamelas d’el-Rey approach instrumental repertoire from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, with emphasis on the Portuguese estate,” said João Vaz.

The Charamelas d’El-Rey “originally appeared under the chair of Historical Instruments of the Superior School of Music of Lisbon, and use replicas based on several originals of the XVII century, realized by John Hanchet (2004 and 2008), Mario Estanislau and Vitor Felix (2018), “he added.

Pedro Castro is a graduate of the Lisbon Higher School of Music under the guidance of Pedro Couto Soares and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the guidance of Sebastian Marq (flute) and Ku Ebbinge (baroque oboe). She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Aveiro, where she conducts an academic research on the tradition of court serenades in the time of D. Maria I.

João Vaz studied in Lisbon with Antoine Sibertin-Blanc and, in Saragossa, with José Luis González Uriol. Doctorate in Music and Musicology, João Vaz developed an international career both as a performer and as a teacher in courses of organ perfection and made numerous recordings in Portuguese historical organs.

Author of several articles on Portuguese music for organ, he was a consultant in several restorations of historical organs. He is currently a professor at the Superior School of Music of Lisbon and artistic director of the Festival of Organ of Madeira and the series of concerts that are held in the six organs of the Basilica of the National Palace of Mafra, of which he was a permanent consultant.

The VIII Organ Concert Cycle of S. Vicente de Fora opened last April with Rui Paiva, and seven concerts were held, attended by “around 4,000 people,” according to the organization.

The concert ‘Mvsiqve de Joye’, performed by the organist João Vaz and the Chamarelas d’El Rey, concludes on Saturday a concert for which the organization expects “sold out”.

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