A selection of the polyphonic works of Juan-Alfonso García, considered the major twentieth century Spanish choral composer, on poems by contemporary Andalusian writers. Numen Ensemble offers an exceptional, unprecedented interpretation of this repertoire. Once Juan-Alfonso García settled in Granada in 1946,a copious choral output came to enrich the Spanish repertoire of the second half of the twentieth century so that, not just because of the amount but also because of the great quality and artistic honesty of his works, he can be said to be the major Spanish choral composer of the time. Leaving his symphonic-choral output to one side, and his religious works in general and liturgical music in particular, this CD looks to the texts of top-flight poets, very frequently Andalusian, sometimes even from his own artistic circle, who drew his attention. Of them, Numen Ensemble has focused on the particularly relevant twentieth century poets Juan Ramón Jiménez, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, Elena Martín Vivaldi and Antonio Carvajal.
Juan Alfonso García: Señor, me cansa la vida
Its founder and chief conductor, Héctor Eliel Márquez, was the OCG Chorus’s assistant conductor and is currently in charge of the Schola Pueri Cantores at Granada Cathedral. He studied piano and composition and completed his professional training with a Master of Arts, Majoring in Musical Performance, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Furthermore, as a composer, he has produced a significant output of both solo and choral vocal works (First Prize at the Sixth ACCP International Composition Contest) and is also a member of the Granada Conservatory faculty.