Concerto Zapico Vol. 2: Forma Antiqva plays Spanish Baroque Dance MusicConcerto Zapico Vol. 2: Forma Antiqva plays Spanish Baroque Dance Music

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Disco: Concerto Zapico Vol. 2

18 de diciembre de 2018


Forma Antiqva / Concerto Zapico Vol. 2
Before I fell in love with the crackling performances on this album, I'd never heard of the band Forma Antiqva. Turns out, it's a flexible ensemble led by a trio of Spanish brothers: Aarón, Daniel and Pablo Zapico, who play keyboards, theorbo (a large lute) and baroque guitar, respectively. The energy, precision and rhythmic drive they inject into this Spanish baroque dance music is nothing short of intoxicating. "Canarios," the opening track by 17th century guitarist and priest Gaspar Sanz, sparkles with syncopated interplay between the brothers. The percussion, added by David Mayoral, gives the performance extra zing right through to the rock and roll ending.

Tom Huizenga

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