El tambor del mundo

Siesta by the Milliarium Aureum

Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, Girolamo Frescobaldi,
Stefano Landi, Gaspar Sanz


Carlos Mena – countertenor
Josetxu Obregon – baroque cello
David Mayoral – percussions
Enrike Solinís – lute, artistic director


Monday 29. 7. 2013, 8.00 pm
Troja Chateau, U Trojského zámku 1, Praha 7

Supported by the Spanish Embassy and Instituto Cervantes Praga. In collaboration with Prague Municipal Gallery.


A baroque garden, like the one at the Troja Chateau in Prague, is a miniature world in its own: it has its centre and labyrinth. The fabulous Spanish performers – the countertenor Carlos Mena and the theorbo player Enrike Solinís with his ensemble – made Troja in Prague the navel of the old world (El tambor del mundo), albeit for one summer night. With the help of music by the masters of Early Baroque, Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger, Domenico Mazzocchi, and Giovanni Felices Sances, they brought over the famous Golden Milestone (Milliarium Aureum) that used to stand in Forum Romanum, announcing that all roads indeed lead to Rome – including the music ones…


Concert Programme

Antonio Cesti (cca 1623–1669)
Cantata Era la notte


Gaspar Sanz (1640–1710)


Antonio de Santa Cruz (cca 1600 – ?)


Giovanni Felices Sances (cca 1600 –1679)
Pianto della Madonna, Stabat Mater
Ciaccona Non sia chi mi riprenda


Giovanni Girolamo Kapsberger (cca 1580–1651)
La Kaspberger


Domenico Mazzocchi (1592–1665)
Soneto No me mueve mi Dios


José de Torres (cca 1670–1738)
Cantata Flavescite serenate


Juan Hidalgo de Polanco (1614–1685)
La noche tenebrosa


Santiago de Murzia (cca 1682 – cca 1740)


Dígame un requiebro


„The Omphalos“ this Time in Prague
Opera PLUS, 31. 7., Helena Havlíková
His [Carlos Mena] breath support for long Belcanto passages, perfect intonation, and brilliant coloraturas endowed the poetic lyrics and musical affect with great persuasiveness.  

Summer Festivities of Early Music
Harmonie 9/2013, Marc Niubò
Carlos Mena pleased the audience with the ever-mellow timber of his countertenor which carried excellently in the acoustics of Troja Chateau.  


Elegic vocal compositions were fittingly contrasted with the instrumental pieces in which Enrike Solinís was a star with his dynamic, brilliant and inventive play on renaissance guitar and lute.  


Summer Festivities of Early Music 2013
Hudební rozhledy 10/2013, Lukáš Vytlačil
The lute player and the artistic leader of the ensemble Enrike Solinís proved a real master of the lute and baroque guitar. His technique was incredible and his performance was masterful […].


Admirable was the performance of the percussionist David Mayoral who did not simply serve as a rhythmic element but concentrated in some compositions on enriching and colouring the atmosphere.