Per Voi Ardo
Carlos Mena & Manuel Minguillón
Per voi ardo presents a large number of Italian madrigals in the form they are preserved in Spain in the vihuela books of Enríquez de Valderrábano (1547), Diego Pisador (1552) and Miguel de Fuenllana (1554). They are complemented by settings by Alonso Mudarra, original compositions like Milán’s, using Italian texts of the same flavour, and with accompaniments that parallel the arranged madrigals in many ways. Some solo works by Mudarra and Fuenllana offer brief momeThe arrangements by Valderrábano, Pisador and Fuenllana, on the other hand, follow exactly the precedent of the 1536 Willaert-Verdelot collection. They are tablature arrangements of the madrigals without modification that are sung in exactly the way that Verdelot and Willaert envisaged. In the absence of parallel sources in Italy, they are important not only as evidence of the spread of this practice to Spain, but also as the main written evidence that confirms a continuing practice of singing arrangements of 1530s madrigals for decades after they first appeared.
A Carlos Mena was born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain (1971). He studies at the prestigious Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (SCB) in Basel (Switzerland). He has sung for audiences around the world performing in Kontzerthaus in Vienna, Berliner Philarmonie, Theatre Champs Elysees, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Alice Tully Hall in New York, Fisher Symphony Hall in Detroit, Kennedy Center in Washington, Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall in Melbourne among others under the direction of maestros as R. Jacobs, G. Leonhardt, P. Goodwin, M. Minkowsky, F. Biondi, O. Dantone, A. Marcon, etc… He has played the opera “Radamisto” Haendel with production by the Festival of Salzburg, at the Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, at the Dortmund Kontzerthaus, at the Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Teatro Bellas Artes in Ciudad de México. Besides, he has sung “Orfeo” by Monteverdi at the Staatsoper in Berlin, “Il Trionfo” at the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, and “Europera 5” by J.Cage in the Festival of Flandes, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Britten in Teatro Real de Madrid, “Acanio in Alba” by Mozart in Barbican Center in London, “Bajazet” by Vivaldi in Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao,“Viaje a Simorgh” in Teatro Real de Madrid and “Death in Venice” by Britten in Liceu de Barcelona and “Rinaldo” by Haendel in Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Among his 50 records with prizes like “Diapason D’Or” as the best barock recital, “The Editor’s Choice” by Gramophon,“10” of Repertoire, the “Choc” of Le Monde… Carlos Mena also in interested in the repertoire of the XX and XXI century: Strawinsky, Britten, Iglesias, Bernstein, Benjamin or Vaughn-Williams. Composers as Gabriel Erkoreka, Jose María Sánchez Verdú, Jesús Torres and Alberto Iglesias have composed works specifically for his voice. He was “artist in residence” of BOZAR in Brussels, CNDM in Spain and Orquesta Ciudad de Granada. Carlos Mena is artistic director and conductor of Capilla Santa Maria, and he conducts regulary orchestras like Sinfonica de Portugal, Ciudad de Granada, Principado de Asturias, Sinfónica de Galicia, Sinfónica de Bilbao and Sinfónica de Navarra with Works by Bach, Haendel, Telemann, Arriaga, Kodaly, Vaughn-Williams, Ravel, Debussy, Iglesias…
Manuel Minguillón was born in Madrid, Spain, where he obtained a double bachelor degree in guitar performance and early plucked instruments with Gerardo Arriaga, Jesús Alonso and Jesús Sánchez. Minguillón perfected his skills under the guidance of master lutenist Hopkinson Smith in Basel, Switzerland. Afterwards, he studied a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Early Plucked Instruments with the world-renowned lutenist Paul O’Dette at the Eastman School of Music, In New York. Minguillón has performed as both soloist and ensemble player all over Europe, North America and Australia having appeared in the main Festivals and Concert Halls in these countries. Manuel is in high demand as both continuo and solo player and collaborates with ensembles such us Gabrieli Consort & Players, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloist, Florilegium, La Nuova Musica, The Kings Singers, Charivari Agreable, Al Ayre español, La Compañía de Teatro Clásico de España, Nereydas, Vespres d’Arnadi, Impetus, la Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Musica Alchemica, Ludovice Ensemble, Accademia del Piacere, La Madrileña, Harmonia del Parnás, Los Afectos Diversos, Tiento Nuevo, Musica Ficta, Concerto 1700 and La Grande Chapelle. He has performed for some of the most prestigious conductors and soloist such as Paul McCresh, John Elliot Gardiner, Paul O’Dette, Laurence Cummings, Eduardo López Banzo, Carlos Mena, Emanuela Galli, Vivica Genaux, Romina Basso, Filippo Mineccia and María Espada. Minguillón has more than a dozen recordings for labels such as Glossa, Pan Classics, Brilliant Classics, Signum Records, Enchiriadis, recording with groups such as The King Singers, Delitiae Musicae, Charivari Agreable, Nereydas, Delia Agúndez, La Dispersione, Los Afectos Diversos, MUSIca ALcheMIca y Ludovice Ensemble and Galan. As Alma Music Management general manager, he manages various important groups such as Nereydas or Collegium Musicum Madrid. He also manages some programes with Carlos Mena, María Espada o Filippo Mineccia. Manuel currently lives in Madrid, Spain where he teaches at Mingui Estudio Music School. He is artistic director of Collegium Musicum Madrid and Alma Music Management.