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 Ramo?n Jiménez, Antonio Machado, Federico Garci?a Lorca, Elena Martín Vivaldi and Antonio Carvajal.
Numen ensemble is a chamber choir formed in 2011, its members drawn from renowned choral ensembles (the Seville Baroque Choir, the Maestranza Theatre Choir in Seville, the OCG Choir, Ars Musica, Mater Saule). One of its main purposes is to make known less familiar musical works which are however of great value, in attractive programs such as Audi, audi. Also the name of its first CD, this Renaissance polyphonic repertoire, based on verses from the Song of Songs , was recorded on the Iberia Classical label in July 2012. Since then, Numen Ensemble has performed several concerts, among other important events, the Úbeda and Baeza International Early Music Festival or at Mene?ndez Pelayo International University in Santander, and has collaborated with Martin Schmidt or Rau?l Mallavibarrena as guest conductors. 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