Formed by Raquel Andueza and Jesús Fernández Baena in 2010, La Galanía quickly established itself as one of the most important groups of the Spanish music scene.
The ensemble is specialised in Baroque music from the 17th and 18th century. Their performances are always based on meticulous historical research and are realised together with the best Spanish and foreign musicians, busy in this sort of repertoire. All the members of the group are also taking part in diverse other globally recognised orchestras and prestigious groups, such as Hespèrion XXI, Al Ayre Español, L'Arpeggiata, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Private Musicke, and the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment amongst others. The core of the group is soprano Raquel Andueza, who regularly is invited to the world’s most important auditoriums and festivals.
La Galanía made its very successful debut at Pamplona Cathedral with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Henceforward the group quickly began to appear at the most prestigious auditoriums and festivals all over the world, including the National Auditorium of Music of Madrid, RheinVokal Festival in Germany, Kultur-Casino Bern, Konzerthaus Berlin, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Saint- Michel-en-Thiérache Abbey, MA Festival Bruges, Royal Palace of La Almudaina in Palma de Mallorca, Aranjuez Festival, Panama City Early Music Festival, Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Festival Van Mechelen, Moscow International Christmas Festival, Bogotá Sacred Music Festival, and Innsbruck Festival amongst others.
In January 2011 their first recording Yo soy la locura was published on the record label Anima e Corpo. Since its release, the album has been enjoying great success in terms of sales and reviews and it was unanimously conferred the Festclásica award by the Spanish Association of Classical Music Festivals in 2011. In July 2013 the group released Alma Mia, a compilation of the most beautiful opera arias and cantatas by Antonio Cesti, which is also receiving enthusiastic reviews and accolades from the press. In 2014 their youngest recording, Pegaso was released on Anima e Corpo. The next CD, Yo soy la locura 2, will be appear in 2015.
SONUS about La Galanía:
This ensemble is aligned primarily with the Spanish soprano Raquel Andueza with her unique, beautifully bright, round and percetly focused voice, which fascinates on one hand through her amazing and seemingly effortless flexibility, on the other hand enthuses with her sensuous long notes and legato-lines, which appeal to the listener quite intensely.
Together with Jesús Fernández Baena Raquel invites the other musicians accordingly to the programme, so all the members of the group are balanced perfectly with regard to sound and musical demeanour. Through this the ensemble reaches its extraordinary homogenity in sonority and expression of its interpretations.
Furthermore La Galanía also excells through its decidedly clear specialisation on a quite limited sort of repertoire - in which the musicians are able to express themselves in an accordingly outstanding way. Thus the ensemble not only transfers simply brilliantly performed music in its concerts, but also a lot of fun and some quite dense emotions at the same time as a certain easiness in playing, which is extremely touching for an audience.
Preview of the next CD: Yo soy la locura 2
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