Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde: Orfeo Celeste

Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde: Orfeo Celeste

La Reverencia - Andrés Alberto Gómez

Label: Vanitas
Format: CD
Barcode: 8436001539140
Catalog number: VA 01
Releasedate: 17-04-15
It is hard to describe the character of this music, the quality of the pieces is quite changeable due to the fact that Selma sometimes offers a sober style and others catches us unaware with fantasy, emotion and musical inventiveness. At the same time he shows a distinct reiteration regarding certain harmonic patterns and tones, however, the stylistic character of these compositions clearly shows the influence of the instrumental Venetian school of the first half of the XVII century. Not reaching the technical quality and extravagance level that canzonas of composers like Girolamo Frescobaldi or Giuseppe Guami have, the music of Selma doesn´t stop being a very particular example of the music of the XVII century since he is one of the most limited examples of instrumental Spanish music of that time that has arrived to us. Music that, using the words of the poet José Hierro:

{… It sounded with unrepeatable transparency
Several centuries ago
And what is now listened
Is an echo that arrives, crossing time,
With melancholy. }