Giacomo Facco - Master of Kings (2018)


Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix, Tomoko Matsuoka

The title Giacomo Facco: Master of Kings is translated literally from Uberto Zanolli’s Giacomo Facco: Maestro de reyes, the  rst major biography on this musician and composer.

Giacomo Facco was born on 1676 in the Most Serene Republic of Venice, in the small village of Marsango. The first documentary records of his work are in a series of cantatas, dated 1702, kept in Naples. It is there he may have started working for Antonio Spi?nola. The Spi?nola family was part of the high Spanish nobility and Antonio, during the War of the Spanish Succession, was appointed Viceroy of Sicily, where he lived until 1713. Facco also moved there with the marquis’ court, and had a period of intense activity, during which he premiered several operas and oratorios, as well as some cantatas.

The music selected on this DSD Album Giacomo Facco: Master of Kings is a journey through his cantatas and his cello music, exemplifying two stages of the composer’s life; works from the years he worked in Italy and works from the time he spent in Spain. After the success achieved with their first recording with COBRA records, Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix and Tomoko Matsuoka are back with this album of Giacomo Facco’s works. The world premiere recording of a monographic chamber music repertory by an Italian composer who is probably one of the most important and in uent composers of the Spanish Baroque era.

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Guillermo Turina

Guillermo began his cello studies at the age of three with teacher Arantza López, following the Suzuki method. He continued his education with María de Macedo and Miguel Jiménez, until he entered the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, where he studied for his Bachelor of Music degree, specializing in the cello, under the tuition of Angel Luis Quintana, Maite García and David Apellániz. He also attended advanced musical courses with Jaap ter Linden, Anner Bylsma and Pieter Wispelwey.

After his bachelor studies, he studied a Master of Music Degree in Orchestal Performance, in the Barenboim-Said Foundation in Sevilla, as well as the diploma of the Formation Supérieure au métier de l’orchestre classique et romantique in Saintes, under the tuition of Hillary Metzger and Christophe Coin. He broadened his studies in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, specializing in the Baroque cello, with Bruno Cocset, Emmanuel Balsa, Andrew Ackerman and Emilio Moreno, with the highest possible grades. He also studied the Master of Music Degree in Musicology in the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona.

During his career he has played as principal cello in orchestras such as the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España, the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, the Nederlandse Orkest Ensemble Academie and the European Union Baroque Orchestra, where he has worked with masters such as Philippe Herreweghe, Mark Minkowski, Jordi Savall, Rachel Podger and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. He collaborates regularly with national and international ensembles such as Sphera Antiqva, Regina Ibérica, Ensemble Nereydas, Temperamento, Ímpetus, Os Músicos do Tejo and Vespres d’Arnadí. His activity as a soloist has taken him to play both solo recitals and orchestra concerts in various concert halls throughout Spain, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. He is a founding member of the ensemble Academia de las Luces and member of ATRIUM ensemble, La Tempestad and Paperkite.

On the other hand, his work as a musicologist has resulted in a recent publication: the critical editions and study of the cello methods written in Spain at the end of the 18th century, by SEPTENARY editions. 

Guillermo Turina plays a violoncello Marchal à Paris, from late 18th century.

photo: from artist's website

Eugenia Boix

Eugenia Boix was born in Monzón, Spain, where she nished her intermediate music studies. She obtained the extraordinary prize upon graduating in the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca. She went on to a postgraduate singing course in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya and a Master of Music Degree in Lied in the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles. In 2007 she won the 1st prize in the “Montserrat Caballé - Bernabé Martí” scholarship. In June 2012 she was semi nalist in the prestigious Operalia contest, organized by Plácido Domingo, which was held in Beijing. In 2009 and 2010 she won the “Angel Vegas” scholarship, awarded by HM Queen Sofía. She has sung with directors such as Federico Maria Sardelli, Carlos Mena, Mónica Huggett, Juan Carlos Rivera, Albert Recasens, Luis Antonio González, Eduardo López Banzo, Aisslinn Nosky, Alejandro Posada, Miquel Ortega, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Jaime Martín, Paul Goodwin, Lionel Bringuier, Guillermo García Calvo, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Kazushi Ono and Sir Neville Marriner. She has played the roles of Belinda in Dido & Aeneas and e Fairy Queen in the Teatro de la Maestranza and La Coruña Mozart Festival, with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla; Corrina in Il Viaggio a Reims in the Teatro Real de Madrid; Frasquita in Carmen with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León; Pamina in Die Zauber öte, and Woglinde in Das Rheingold in the Opera de Oviedo. She has also sung in numerous oratorios and recitals with piano, plucked strings, orchestra and early music ensembles in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Russia, Poland and America. She has recorded pieces for Radio Nacional de España, Radio Clásica, Catalunya Música, the Portuguese and Austrian classical music stations, the BBC and Her recordings include Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Responsorios de Tinieblas, with Música Ficta and Raúl Mallavibarrena; Labordeta Clásico with La Orquesta del Maestrazgo, Javier Ares and Miguel Ortega; José de Nebra’s Amor aumenta el valor, with Los Músicos de Su Alteza and Luis Antonio González; Canto del Alma, works by Cristóbal Galán; F. Valls’ Misa Scala Aretina, and Juan Hidalgo’s Música para el Rey Planeta, with La Grande Chapelle and Albert Recasens and Crudo Amor, Agostino Ste ani’s duos for soprano and countertenor (Carlos Mena) with Forma Antiqva conducted by Aarón Zapico.

photo: form booklet Master of Kings

Tomoko Matsuoka

Tomoko Matsuoka was born in Tokyo, Japan. She obtained her harpsichord Bachelor of Music with the highest possible grades in the Conservatorio G. Verdi in Como, Italy. She had started studying piano as a little girl, and harpsichord when she was 17. In 1999 she moved to Milan, where she studied harpsichord and chamber music at the Scuola Musicale di Milano and the Milano Civica Scuola di Musica, with Emilia Fadini, Giovanni Togni and Mara Galassi. In 2005 she got the diploma for the Investigation Laboratory of the 17th century Italian vocal music, directed by Roberto Gini, in the Accademia di Musica e Danza F. Ga urio in Lodi (Italy) with the highest distinctions. She has also attended masterclasses by harpsichord masters Enrico Baiano, Ottavio Dantone, Huguette Dreyfus, Kenneth Gilbert, Jos Van Immerseel (with a grant from the Belgian government), Mitzi Meyerson and Christophe Rousset. In 2003 she won the 2nd prize in the International Early Music Competition in Yamanashi, Japan. In 2007 she won the 2nd prize and special contemporary music prize in the Gianni Gambi National Harpsichord Competition (Pesaro, Italy), as well as the 3rd prize (1st declared void) in the prestigious International Early Music Competition in Bruges, Belgium. She made her debut in the Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo in 2008, and published her rst monographic album with music by D. Scarlatti: 16 Sonatas, played on the original Ruckers harpsichord from Neuchatel Art and History Museum in Switzerland. She has played with singers such as Emma Kirby and Roberta Mameli. At present she performs both as a soloist and as part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She has performed concerts in Japan, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Holland and England. She has been living in Barcelona since 2011, where she arrived to study in the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya thanks to the Erasmus programme. Since 2014 she works as an accompanist in the Early Music department of the ESMUC.

photo: from booklet Master of Kings

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Giacomo Facco - Master of Kings (2018)


Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix, Tomoko Matsuoka

    Earlymusicreview, may 2018 -

While the cantatas he published while working in Italy are a little pedestrian, the later Spanish-period works sound more convincing. However, none of the cantatas sound as interesting as Facco’s innovative and engaging sinfonias for cello and harpsichord. This is due on the present CD to Guillermo Turino’s exciting technique on the Baroque cello, which brings these latter works to life....

D. James Ross[read full review]

    Scherzo, may 2018

The work of Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix and Tomoko Matsuoka, rediscovering Italian musicians who worked in Spain during the first decades of the 18th century, is priceless. It is really exquisite music, magnificently performed. Listening to Boix's voice is always a joy.

Eduardo Torrico


'A very interesting and enriching (re)discovery of very nice music, very well played on an interesting label. Highly recommended.'

Michel Dutrieue[read full review]

    Opus Klassiek, april 2018

‘Master of Kings' biedt vier cantates (volgens het bekende recitatief- en ariamodel) en drie sinfonia's (vierdelig, afwisselend langzaam en snel) voor cello solo (met het klavecimbel als begeleidingsinstrument). Aldus is een smaakvolle variatie ontstaan die bovendien een representatief beeld biedt van de Italiaans-Spaanse barokmuziek uit de achttiende eeuw. Met uitzondering van de cantate 'Cuando En El Oriente' zijn ze hier voor de eerste maal vastgelegd. Tom Peeters heeft er weer een opnamejuweeltje van gemaakt, waarbij de Schiedamse Westvestkerk zich wederom bewezen als een uitstekende opnamelocatie.

Aart van der Wal[read full review]

    RITMO Magazine -

Varias cosas nos han gustado de este nuevo disco del sello holandés Cobra, recién presentado en marzo en diversos auditorios españoles: el cuidado diseño y la calidad técnica de la grabación, las muy documentadas notas del libreto, la elección de un repertorio inédito y, por supuesto, la interpretación... ...En definitiva, es Guillermo Turina el alma de la grabación, haciendo de enlace entre dos intérpretes técnicamente perfectas... === We like many things of this CD from Dutch label COBRA, recently released in some Spanish auditories: the cared design and the technical quality of the recording, the very documented notes of the booklet, the election of the repertory and, of course, the interpretation... ...Definetely, it is Guillermo Turina the soul of the recording, being the bridge between two technicly perfect interpreters...

Mercedes García Molina

Giacomo Facco - Master of Kings (2018)


Guillermo Turina, Eugenia Boix, Tomoko Matsuoka

Cables: Acoustic Revive
Digital Converters: dCS 904
Editing Software: Pyramix
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann modified by Rens Heijnis

The recording was originally digitized using the dCS 904, which operated at DSD64. 

The original session tracks were edited and rebalanced (which meant going through the mixer) in the only available format for that purpose; the Pyramix 352.8KHz/24bit PCM (DXD). Prior to the advent of direct digital delivery, the next step in the production process from 352.8KHz/24bit PCM would be the DSD64 edited master for SACD production. What we have done now is also make a direct conversion to DSD128 and DSD256 from that original DXD edited master, without going through any interim processing steps.

Those DXD to DSD conversions are not up-samplings, as they would be going from one PCM sampling rate to another, for they are different encoding systems. PCM is a digital value sample based system, and DSD is a digital bit density modulated system. Conversion from any PCM sample rate to any DSD bit rate system is a remodulation, not an up-sampling.

We feel there is an audio advantage to this process in using the original files so we give you the choice and you can decide.

Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Church Westvest90, Schiedam, The Nederlands. On June 7, 8, 9, 2017
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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