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Allan Kozinn
The New York Times, November 2011

25 Records of 2011

For most period-instrument bands, improvisation means judiciously adding ornaments. But in works by Strozzi, Cabezón, Attaingnant, Monteverdi and others, the recorder player Vicente Parrilla and his superb Seville-based ensemble More Hispano elaborate freely and inventively on the composers’ melodies and classic dance rhythms, much as a virtuoso jazz band would do with standards. Álvaro Garrido’s vigorous percussion underpinnings have a world-music quality that suits these works, and Raquel Andueza, a soprano, sings with an earthy, almost vibrato-free tone. See complete list

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