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    Land of winds > Music > Reviews | Issue 17 (Jan.-Feb. 2014)
    By Edgardo Civallero | Sara Plaza

Harps and violins in the Andes

The number of albums by Andean harpists and violinists is pretty limited. Generally speaking, those musicians appear on CD recordings with the bands they play for and together with the artists (mostly singers) they accompany. Only those who make a big name for themselves release their own material, sometimes on self-published CDs.

Alberto Rey - Chile en un arpa | Carlos Saquicela - Al rescate de la música nacional (vol. 1) | Máximo Damián - El violín de Ishua | Florencio Coronado - Harpe du Perou / Peruvian Harp | Pablo Minaya - Folklore del Perú andino vol. 2 – Arpa


Alberto Rey  - Chile en un arpa

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Alberto Rey
Chile en un arpa
(ANS – 1994)

1. Río abajo – 2. El cuando – 3. El martirio – 4. Yo vendo unos ojos negros – 5. Cura de mi pueblo – 6. Río, río – 7. Porque tengo pena – 8. El ay ay ay – 9. El aire – 10. Mi banderita chilena – 11. El pequén – 12. Tu beso

Born in July 1915 in Curicó (region of Maule, central Chile), Alberto Rey was, for more than half a century, one of the big names of his country's folk music. He started his musical career with the group Los Huasos de Chincolco and in 1935, alongside the guitarist Sergio Silva, created the Dúo Rey-Silva, beginning what was to be a prolific career. At the same time he compiled a large discography as soloist recording arrangements of popular songs, collaborated with other artists and took part in several activities to promote the recovery of popular culture. His last work was "El huaso que yo conozco" (1967). He died in Santiago de Chile in 2001, leaving behind an important legacy.

"Chile en un arpa" was originally published by RCA Víctor in 1965, and was subtitled "Canciones chilenas, arreglos para arpa con guitarra y bajo". Accompanied by Lolo Rosso on the guitar and Hernán Rosales on the bass, Rey performed cuecas ("Yo vendo unos ojos negros"), tonadas ("Río abajo", "El martirio", "Cura de mi pueblo", "Río, río", "Porque tengo pena") and other traditional Chilean dances ("El cuando", "El ay ay ay", "El aire", "El pequén").

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Official website: Not available.
Link CD: Not available.



Carlos Saquicela - Al rescate de la música nacional (vol. 1)

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Carlos Saquicela
Al rescate de la música nacional (vol. 1)
(Carlos Saquicela – s.d.)

1. Riobambeñita – 2. Solito – 3. A orillas del Tomebamba – 4. Ay, caramba – 5. Soy del Carchi – 6. Ambato, tierra de flores – 7. Promesas – 8. Casamiento del indio – 9. Carabuela – 10. El paisano – 11. Mi lindo Quito – 12. Cantando como yo canto

Born in Chordeleg (province of Azuay, southern Ecuador) from a family of gold- silversmiths (Chordeleg is famous for its jewellery), Carlos Saquicela Galán is a self-taught musician who learnt to play and build harps. Over the last two decades he has been playing this instrument, mostly performing his country's criollo music but also a number of other popular Latin American genres. He usually plays in the street, in the surroundings of cathedrals, large churches and public buildings, where he does solo concerts (harp and amplifier) and sells his self-published CDs.

On this album, Saquicela includes pasacalles ("Riobambeñita", "Soy del Carchi", "Ambato, tierra de flores"), sanjuanitos ("Solito", "A orillas del Tomebamba", "Carabuela", "Cantando como yo canto"), tonadas ("Ay, caramba") and other songs.

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Official website: Not available.
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Máximo Damián - El violín de Ishua

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Máximo Damián
El violín de Ishua
(ASPIC – 2004)

1. Cele celeste - 2. Sequía lancucha – 3. Pascuas – 4. Tutan tutan carnavales – 5. Manzana pukay pukacha – 6. Yawarasu yana puyu – 7. Danzante: Baile de tijeras; Pasacalle; Atipanakuy; Wallpa wajay; Pasta – 8. Huawa pampa – 9. Chinka chinka jora – 10. Siwar challay gentichallay – 11. Chimaycha – 12. Bajo el cielo – 13. Gusto carnavales

On this recording, a re-release of the original 1992 album, the Peruvian violinist Máximo Damián includes some of his best musical pieces, delivered with his characteristic playing style. The selection chosen by Damián contains chimayches (a very popular genre in the department of Ancash: "Cele celeste", "Jawarasu yana puyu", "Chimaycha" and "Gusto carnavales"), a Christmas song ("Pascuas"), the tunes that usually accompany the Danza de las tijeras ("Danzante") and several traditional huaynos.

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Official website: Not available.
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Florencio Coronado - Harpe du Perou / Peruvian Harp

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Florencio Coronado
Harpe du Perou / Peruvian Harp
(Air Mail Music – 2005)

1. Quejas – 2. Las cosas de los cines – 3. Crepúsculo andino – 4. Ingrata – 5. Mal de ojo – 6. América unida – 7. Valicha – 8. Adiós, pueblo de Ayacucho – 9. Alma, corazón y vida – 10. Paja brava – 11. Limeña – 12. La nueva alianza – 13. Del norte yo vengo – 14. Pinceladas del Cusco – 15. Villancicos de Ayacucho – 16. Ollanta – 17. Alma llanera – 18. Antabamba – 19. Vírgenes del Sol

Florencio Coronado Gutiérrez was born in Ayacucho (Peru) in February 1918. As a child he learnt to play the harp with the maestro Daniel Morales. He moved to Lima in 1931, and whilst there he worked at National Radio Station and performed with the Conjunto Cuzco. After creating his own music company, he toured internationally on several occasions. He lived in Venezuela and México, and travelled through Central America and many parts of Europe. He was one of the most celebrated Peruvian harp soloists, and one of the most awarded artists in his country. Florencio Coronado died in Lima in 2009.

This album is a compilation under the record label Air Mail Music featuring some of Coronado's best tracks. It includes huaynos ("Crepúsculo andino", "Valicha", "Adiós, pueblo de Ayacucho", "Paja brava", "La nueva alianza", "Pinceladas del Cusco", "Vírgenes del Sol"), waltzes ("Alma, corazón y vida"), marineras ("Del norte yo vengo"), polkas ("Las cosas de los cines") and dances ("Ingrata"), alongside some other hits of the Latin American folklore ("Alma llanera").

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Official website: Not available.
Link CD [lasgrandesorquestas.typepad.com].



Pablo Minaya - Folklore del Perú andino vol. 2 – Arpa

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Pablo Minaya
Folklore del Perú andino vol. 2 – Arpa
(DJP – 2006)

1. Paloma desmemoriada – 2. Habaschallay – 3. Cruz de hojalata – 4. Apanquraycha – 5. Linda andahuaylina – 6. Mundutaman puriramuni – 7. Ingrata tortolita – 8. Igualada – 9. Saucesito – 10. Mamaysi cartamuwasqa – 11. Vaso de cristal – 12. Puru purucha – 13. No sufran, amigos míos – 14. Sambaschallay – 15. Copita de oro – 16. Urqukunapi vikuñitaschay – 17. Tankar kichka hawachampi (toro velay)

Pablo Minaya Quinto is a Peruvian traditional harpist. He has performed with numerous artists, including the singer Juanita del Rosal. On this album, Minaya gathers several huaynos from different regions of the central-southern Peruvian Sierra, mostly from the departments of Cusco and Ayacucho.

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