Four Centuries of Spanish Song

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The art of basso continuo is a never-ending exploration of musical possibilities.

Continuo Collective – Samantha Cohen (guitar/theorbo) and Geoffrey Morris (guitars) – celebrates the role of early plucked instruments and the improvisatory art of basso continuo. The ensemble delights in performing rarely heard repertoire featuring plucked instruments from the 17th to the 19th centuries in intimate recitals with early music specialists.

Plucked instruments have been central to Spanish music for centuries, and particularly in song. Mezzo-soprano Sally-Anne Russell joins Continuo Collective as they trace the history of Spanish song from the 16th to the 20th centuries, in a program featuring vibrant and richly coloured works that express irrepressible passion and emotion.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Continuo Collective


Continuo Collective
Sally Anne Russell Mezzo Soprano


Manuel de Falla
Siete canciones populares españolas (Seven Spanish Folksongs)
I El Paňo Moruno
II Seguidilla murciana
III Asturiana
IV Jota
V Nana
VI Canción
VII Polo
Homenaje, Pour Le Tombeau de Debussy

Cristóbal de Morales, Miguel de Fuenllana
De Antequera sale el moro

Jacques Arcadelt
O felic’occhi miei

Miguel de Fuenllana, Juan Vasquez
De Los Alamos Vengo Madre

José Marín
Ya no puedo más, señora

Santiago de Murcia
La Jotta

José Marín
Tortilla, si no es por amor
No Piense Meguilla ya


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2019

Now in its eighth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.