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The distinguished Basque composer Francisco Escudero spent his life creating an exceptional and individual catalogue of works embracing almost all musical genres. His musical style is characterised by a very personal conception of traditional Basque music, which is not afraid to employ bold avant-garde effects. Set to the poem Biotzean min dut (My heart is broken) by Xabier Lizardi (1896–1933) the imposing oratorio Illeta depicts the grief experienced on the death of a loved one during the wake, funeral and burial. Sung in the first person by a baritone and by a chorus representing the townspeople, it begins with a five note motif, reflecting the influence of Gregorian chant on traditional Basque music, and culminates in a deeply moving finale on the words ‘my heart is broken’.

Escudero, Francisco

  Illeta (Funeral)
1.   Gaubela (Wake) 00:21:42
2.   Eliza Bidean (Procession to the Church) 00:11:27
3.   Illeta (Funeral) 00:12:19
4.   Kanposantu Bidean (Procession to the Cemetery) 00:03:44
5.   Eorzketa eta Azken Agurra (Burial and Final Farewell) 00:09:48

Total Playing Time: 00:59:00

Escudero, Francisco

Mena, Juan Jose

Bilbao Symphony Orchestra

Coral Andra Mari

Salaberria, Ricardo

Label: Naxos

Series: Spanish Classics

Genre: Choral - Sacred

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557629

Barcode: 0747313262922

Physical Release: 03/2005

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