Published by Dances of the World Society, curated and produced by Puela Lunaris, The Legendary Gypsy Masters Anthology is a rare collectors item. It is an ethnographic, historical and musical jewel for any lover of world music. It includes 12 albums, with more than 200 songs, covering 23 different Flamenco styles.
This Anthology contains some the earliest Flamenco recordings in history, including those of the greatest Gypsy masters of all time, such as La Niña de los Peines (known as the “Empress of Flamenco Singing”), Maestro Manuel Torre and Pepe Pinto. You will also hear the guitars of Ramón Montoya, Niño Ricardo, and Manolo de Badajoz. Plus, you get special bonus tracks from the celebrated dancer Carmen Amaya, who was also an amazing singer. If you are interested in “Duende,” here you will find it.
Lorca, in his Theory and Play of the Duende, said about La Niña de los Peines: “She was able to break down the entire scaffolding of the song to let in a furious, burning duende, friend of winds loaded with sand, which make listeners tear their clothes…”
In that same lecture, Lorca also mentions another legendary Gypsy master star of our anthology: “Manuel Torre, a man who had more culture in his blood than anyone I’ve known, on hearing Falla play his own Nocturno del Generalife spoke this splendid sentence: ‘All that has dark sounds has duende.’ And there’s no deeper truth than that. Those dark sounds are the mystery, the roots that cling to the mire that we all know, that we all ignore, but from which comes the very substance of art. ‘Dark sounds’ said the man of the Spanish people, agreeing with Goethe, who in speaking of Paganini hit on a definition of the duende: ‘A mysterious force that everyone feels and no philosopher has explained.”
Furthermore, this anthology was designed and produced as a listening guide to provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the rhythmical and melodic differences among the Flamenco Styles.
Whether you are a dancer, singer, guitar player, percussionist or simply a lover of world music, you will enjoy the Legendary Gypsy Masters Anthology both as a gateway into the experience of duende and as a listening guide to recognize the different Flamenco styles in a fun and easy way.
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With repeated listening you will distinguish one Flamenco Style from another. In the Legendary Gypsy Masters Anthology, the different styles (called Palos) are conveniently classified by albums. Every song is clearly labeled with the style they belong to. Therefore, you will be able to name the styles and recognize them when you hear them.
Called “Flamenco de Ida y Vuelta” (Round-trip Flamenco), this album features Flamenco styles with Afro-American influence. The rich musical heritage of Spain mixed in the Spanish colonies in the Americas with those of other populations such as the African slaves. This musical melting pot, in turn, influenced Flamenco immensely, creating styles with a distinctive flavor. Among them, you will listen to Rumbas Flamencas, Colombianas, Guajiras, Milonga Flamenca and Vidalitas.
Alegrías and More
In this album you will discover the intriguing difference among the Cantiñas family, including: Alegrias, Caracoles, Romeras and Cantiñas. In addition, you gain access to listening a variety of Bulerias por Solea (also called Solea por Bulerias). You also get bonus tracks for Jaleos Extremeños, Rondeñas and Bamberas.
This double album is entirely dedicated to Bulerías, one of the genuinely Flamenco Gypsy styles that has become immensely important in the last century. What you will hear in these recordings is the essence of this art, including many of the most legendary Bulerías of all time, interpreted in the ultimate masterful way.
Fandangos are a time-honored Flamenco style. In this double album you can listen not only to a great variety of Fandangos Grandes and Fandangos Personales, but also you can enjoy the difference among the Fandangos de Huelva, de Lucena, de Alosno and del Albaicin.
Farruca & Garrotín
Farruca and Garrotin, two styles easy to hear and distinguish as they are both based on binary rhythms (4/4 measures). This album includes some of the earliest ever recorded and most representative pieces of both styles. It also includes a bonus track with a Garrotin sung and danced by legendary Gypsy master Carmen Amaya.
Peteneras is one of the deepest and most enigmatic styles of Flamenco. Shrouded in mystery and legend, its lyrics often talk of the “femme fatale” who is the “perdition of men.” However, at one point, Peteneras where a light Flamenco form with a folk flavor. In this album you can listen to both, including some of the first ever recorded Peteneras. This compilation of Peteneras is truly an ethnographic jewel and a coveted collector’s item.
Saetas are Flamenco processional hymns of unfathomable, solemn beauty sung during Holy Week processions. Traditionally, they are either sung with no musical accompaniment (“a palo seco”) or to the accompaniment of the processional music. In recent years, it has become fashionable to interpret them on the stage, even adding dance to it.
Sevillanas are the Flamenco of the people. Joyful and highly structured at the same time, they serve as a foundation for other dances and styles. In this album we hear traditional Sevillanas skillfully interpreted by legendary Gypsy master from Seville La Niña de los Peines.
This double album is dedicated to the deep Jondo style of haunting beauty called Siguiriyas or Seguiriyas. If you enjoy Cante Jondo, you are in for a treat! These early recordings are historical masterpieces that have served as inspiration to every generation of Flamenco singers and musicians for more than a 100 years.
We continue with the deep Jondo styles. In this double album, you will listen to the sorrowful Gypsy style called Soleá or Soleares. Just like in the Siguiriyas album, you will have the opportunity to hear the difference between “Cante P’alante” (singing solo) and “Cante P’al Baile,” (singing to accompany the dance). When Flamenco is sung specifically for a dancer to interpret it, the structure and tempo of the song changes to accompany the dance)
Different from Argentine Tango and historically influenced by North-African and Afro-Caribbean cultures, the Gypsy Tangos Flamencos of Spain are sensual and lively. Tangos are considered foundational for many other Flamenco binary styles based on the 4/4 measure (compás).
Once known as Tangos, Tientos are a sensual style with heart-felft lyrics and sultry cadences. In this album you hear early renditions by two truly legendary Gypsy masters praised by Lorca: La Niña de los Peines of Seville and Maestro Manuel Torre of Jerez de la Frontera.
The Legendary Gypsy Masters Anthology is part of The Chanelar Flamenco Project, a program of Dances of the World Society to rescue aspects of Flamenco in Danger of Extinction. Your contribution helps to preserve the wisdom inherent in these traditions, which is such an important legacy for generations to come.
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