4Tay - Wallach - The Nightwatch

4Tay CD4024   ASIN: B0000WVWV4

The Music of Luis Antonio Escobar

Performed by Americas Vocal Ensemble
Nelly Vuksic, Conductor

The re-issue of this recording is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Programs.

“The tiny (only eight singers) Americas Vocal Ensemble - formerly known as the Manhattan Vocal Ensemble - is a most excellent professional group devoted to the music of the Americas, from the colonial era to the present ... Their smooth and refined singing leaves nothing to be desired. ... We have yet explored only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hispanic choral music from the new world, but Escobar's music is a truly happy discovery. The remastered sound is excellent, and we get full texts and translations.”

“This recording...is a fine testament to the Argentine-born, New York-based composer Nelly Vuksic and her longtime championing of Latin american Composers in the U.S. Here, Vuksic finds a similar well-traveled spirit in Luis Antonio Escobar...From his country's folkloric roots his music springs - particularly in works with text, which his music fits with subtlety and poetic delicacy...As with early European a cappella vocal forms, to which these pieces clearly allude, an artless simplicity is the key...Vuksic's singers clearly have a taste of the soil in their mouths...clearly connected with the material.”

“...the overall Œsignature¹ of the music is that of a sensitive composer. In this the composer is matched by the performers in this attractive and often lovely music...an attractive set of voices and they are ideal for this music.”

“With such finely honed singing under the sure hand of Nelly Vuksic...we get nothing but 49 minutes of total enchantment.”


  1. Cántica #15 — Me perdonan estas coplas
  2. Cántica #5 — Eres un granito de oro
  3. Cántica #8 — El del sombrerito 'e jipa
  4. Cántica #9 — Dende aqui te estoy mirando
  5. Cántica #11 — Cuando espero no venis
  6. Cántica #12 Me topé con una niña
  7. Cántica #21 — De tres amores que tengo
  8. Cántica #16 — Cuando la vide venir
  9. Cántica #17 — La vida se pasa pronto
  10. Cántica #20 — Te arrullo en tu cuna
  11. Cantica #18 — Lucero de la mañana
  12. Cántica #10 — Si nos hemos de morir
  13. Cántica #7 — Yo me enamoré del aigre
  14. Cántica #4 — Me perdonan estas coplas
  15. Duerme agua en tu nombre
  16. Todo esto es el amor
  17. Encuentro
  18. Al oido de la poesia
  19. Cántica #1 — Cánticas si no cantara
  20. Cántica #2 —Cuando la vide venir
  21. Cercania de la muerte
  22. Tu reino de alas blancas
  23. Rondeles
  24. Poema equivoco del Juglar ebrio
  25. Variaciones sobre un añejo temilla
  26. Son
  27. En la luna que he contado