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Luar Na Lubre : "Solsticio" CD Album (2010)

" Solstice" , the new release from the renowned Galician Folc Band Luar Na Lubre .
It's leader, Bieito Romero, in a recent interview with Europa Press, said that Luar Na Lubre is "fully fit" more than 25 years after its birth, and celebrate with "the longest drive of its career, which also opens new avenues in sounds, "for their traditional way of making music now with medieval elements."
As already mentioned, they plunged into the medieval Galician Portuguese lyric and have worked considering the merger of the traditional pagan music of Galicia and some other European areas "with medieval music more educated, more Christian." In fact, "hence the title, the ancestral worship of pagan origin."

"The album opens a new cycle of styles precisely because we have not tried yet so deeply. It is the first time that we get well into the medieval music, with a certain chamber treatment , performing it as the troubadours and the courts in the XII Century. We got something completely different and new, and open a new cycle in the sound," he underlined.

The Album In Detail Track by Track

01 O son das pedras
Three-part suite created as the soundtrack for the grandeur of the stone, noble material that lasts and resists the passage of time in different buildings made by stonemasons in immemorial times.

The suite is based on three “Cantigas de Santa María” (Canticles of Holy Mary) written by King Alfonso X "The Wise", numbers 119 "Como somos per consello", 384 "Por muy gran fremosura" and 179 "Ben Sab'a."

02 Camiño do Norte
Joy also defines us Galicians as a people, and one way to express it is through music, so we did this Galician "set". Starting and ending with a dance called "Armentón", plus the Pasacorredoiras of Pontevedra and Ponteareas, registered with the numbers 442 and 380 in the musical compilation “Cancionero Musical de Galicia” by Casto Sampedro y Folgar.

03 Mia irmana fremosa (MUIÑEIRA DE POIO)
This is one of the 7 medieval chants that came to us by the hand of the Galician troubadour Martin Codax, included in the Vindel parchment, whereat is specified who the author of the compositions is. The "Muiñeira of Poio" is registered in the musical compilation “Cancionero Musical de Galicia” by Casto Sampedro and Folgar as number 315, and in this case is performed with the collaboration of the Irish musician Pat Kilbride.

04 Unha volta polo medio (Traditional Galician)
Pandeirada and Muiñeira, the most popular Galician rhythms by definition, with the vocal performance of the Irish musician Pat Kilbride, an old friend of Luar Na Lubre.

05 Doentes
Waltz and muiñeira composed by Bieito Romero for the soundtrack of the movie "Doentes" by the director Gustavo Balza.

06 A Carolina (SCHIARAZULLA MARAZULLA /A CAROLINA)(Traditional Romance)
The first theme is a Renaissance piece composed by the Italian musician Giorgio Mainerio, included in the songbook "Il primo libro de balli" (1578), which collects folk songs and dances composed by the musician himself.

The second is one of the most popular songs in the traditional Galician music.

07 Quantas sabedes (Martín Codax)
Another of the 7 Martin Codax compositions, known as "Cantigas de Amigo", true gems of our medieval music and poetry. Here we have the voice of one of the most important Galician singers, master Miro Casabella.

08 Monte Pindo
Musical tribute to our sacred Pindo Mountain, from two original themes by Bieito Romero.

09 A miña amiga (Xosé Quintas Canella)
Beautiful song inspired by the medieval Galician-Portuguese lyric and composed by the musician Xosé Quintas Canella, for whom we feel great admiration and respect and want to pay tribute with our version, which in this case has the collaboration of one of the most privileged voices that we have heard in the last times: Diana Navarro.

10 Na Frouseira (Traditional Romance)
Three-part suite inspired by the death of Marshal Pardo de Cela in front of Mondoñedo Cathedral, ordered by the Catholic Monarchs.

11 Maravillosos et piadosos
Cantiga (song) 139 dedicated to the Holy Mary and attributed to King Alfonso X "The Wise." In this theme we have the invaluable collaboration of Xulia Cea and the Choral "Canta Compaña."

12 Ven bailar Carmiña (Traditional Galician)
A classic in Galician traditional music, played as we like: In our own way.

13 Vía Láctea
From immemorial times, the way of stars outlined in the sky known as the Milky Way was a guide for many pilgrims who, guided by its light, reached the Galician Finisterre, where they were amazed by the vast Atlantic Ocean and the breathtaking sunsets that can be seen from there.

14 Sabor a Santa María
Cantigas de Santa Maria, number 328 and 215, whose composition is attributed to King Alfonso X "The Wise," although there are theories that defend the Galician troubadour, poet and composer Airas Nunes to be the author of a large number of them, including these ones.

15 Trasmontana
Piece inspired in the old “agarrados” (traditional dance) that often made the people of Galicia dance, and with our arrangements and treatment, we intend to continue doing so.

16 Romance de Don Gaiferos (Traditional Romance)
William X, Duke of Aquitaine, is probably the protagonist of this romance, perhaps one of the oldest preserved in Galician. With Germanic origins, it belongs to the Carolingian cycle, was sung by the minstrels and subsequently by the blind, and came to our days thanks to them. Gaiferos de Mormaltán is the noble name of this figure, who arrived as a pilgrim at Compostela where he died in front of the Apostle St. James.

This is our version of a particular theme recovered and recorded for the first time by the musicologist from Ourense - D. Faustino Santalices - to whom we owe the legacy of many “cantigas” he recovered, as well as the revitalization of the hurdy-gurdy, an instrument that he studied, rebuilt and with which left the most interesting recordings on an LP made in 1949.

Pat Kilbride: Acoustic guitar on tracks III and VIII, voice on tracks III and IV.
Miro Casabella: Voice on track VII
Xocas Meijide: clarinet and bass clarinet on track VIII
Diana Navarro: Voices on track IX
Xulia Cea: Voice on track X
Choral "Canta Compaña" Voices on track X
Miguel Queixas, Miguel Cabana and Rubén Montes: bata drums on track X
Rubén Montes: Cajón on track XII
Nani García: Keyboards on tracks IX, X and XVThis C.D. was recorded at "Bruar" Studios at A Coruña.
Bieito Romero and Xabier Ferreiro were the artistic producers of this work, with the key collaboration of all group members.
Mixed at the "Bruar" Studios at A Coruña, by Xabier.

Technical recording and mixing:
Xabier Ferreiro
Technical assistants: Nicolás Vieira and Bruno Area
CD Art: Estefanía Domínguez Cagigao
Feel free to find out more info at their Official Site : www.luarnalubre.com
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