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Recordings of lyrical works with arias from José de Nebra and canciones espagnolas of the 17th and 18th centuries

About the project


This disc will feature magnificent works of Spanish baroque music by José De Nebra as well as Canciones by José Marin, Juan HIDALGO and Sebastian DURON.

José de NEBRA (1702- 1768) 

José de NEBRA, Maestro De Capilla of the Cathedral of CUENCA, then organist of the Monastery of the Descalzas Reales of Madrid and of the Royal Chapel, as well as prolific composer (97 works), distinguished himself in lyric music (operas, zarzuelas, stage music for Calderon de la Barca), masses, Salve Regina, laments and hymns.

This album will include excerpts from the Opera "Amor aumenta el valor" and from the Zarzuela "Para obsequio a la deydad, Nunca es culto la crueldad, y iphigenia en tracia".

CANCIONES by José MARIN, Juan HIDALGO, Sebastian DURON (17th century)

This brilliant programme will also illustrate Spanish Baroque with a selection of Canciones composed by great 17th century authors.

First of all with Juan HIDALGO, harpist at the Capilla Real in Madrid, composer of operas, stage music, from Villancicos. It provides the first known examples of Spanish recitative. He was the most admired Spanish composer of the late 17th century and the best representative of the ESTILO ESPAŇOL.

Sebastian DURON who was organist then Maestro de Capilla of the Court of Madrid. He was one of the first Spanish authors to incorporate "Da Capo" tunes into Zarzuelas.

Finally José MARIN, Spanish priest ordained in Rome, singer and composer of secular songs, associated with the Royal Chapel of Madrid.

This superb Spanish Baroque repertoire will be served by valuable musicians.

Eleonora de la PEŇA, young Franco-Spanish soprano is already used to international stages (Rome Opera, Oviedo Opera, Chatelet Theatre, Vichy Opera, Aix en Provence, Vicenza, etc.), accompanied by the prestigious baroque orchestra MUSICA ANTIQUA MEDITERRANEA under the musical direction of Christian MENDOZE (winner of several major record awards).​

The orchestra will be comprised of 2 natural horns, 2 oboes, 2 flutes, string ensemble, harpsichord, castanets.


Created in May 2013 by Flavien PIERSON who has a long career, more than twenty years as producer, distributor and director of record companies, the label CONTINUO Classics is resolutely directed towards a close collaboration with performers as well as composers through a catalogue proposing creations, adaptations and recordings of rare works with a part of the catalogue particularly directed towards the neo-classical period.

Recording of the last album made with Christian Mendoze in 2015 .

A disc dedicated to Benedetto Marcello "Sonatas for Recorder and Basso continuo".

Performed by Christian Mendoze, Philippe Foulon, Marie Abdoun and Corinne Betirac.

What are the funds for?

For disc recording, I wish to discover you the splendour of Spanish baroque music with sumptuous tunes that require a great technical and musical requirement, the participation of passionate musicians playing on period instruments, a place with exceptional acoustics as well as a team of recording professionals.

With 6 000€ collected, this will allow us to start the production of the disc (sound recording and editing, mastering, graphics and photographs, CD pressing...),

Beyond this sum, with 8 000€ collected, it will be possible for us to finance the organisation costs (rental and transport of equipment and instruments, travel and accommodation costs for artists and technical teams, operation of recording venues...),

Beyond this sum, with 12 000€ collected, it will be possible for us to finance the musicians' fees (one week of recording as well as rehearsals),

Beyond the sum of 12 000€, the money will be used for the promotional campaign (marketing, local and national radios, realization of a video clip, promotion of the concerts of the disc...).

This funding will ultimately serve to concretize an ambitious collaborative and cultural project, in order to find out Spanish music still little known to the general public.

About the project owner

Eleonora DE LA PENA

Lyric artist passionate by my profession, I have been performing for more than 10 years in operas and recitals.

Since 18 yo, I play many roles: Ernestina (L'Occasione fa il ladro), Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld), Amelite (Zoroaster), Dido, The First Witch (Dido and Aeneas), the Shepherd (Child and spells), Berta (Barbiere di Siviglia), Second Lady (Magic Flute), Gianetta (Elisir d'amore), Fünfzehnjährige (Lulu), etc.

Since 2013, I take part in major productions in prestigious theatres such as the Rome Opera Theatre, the Caracalla Spa in Rome, the Châtelet Theatre and the Oviedo Opera, Vichy Opera, but also at the Palazzo Montanari in Vicenza, the Hall in Tirol Festival in Austria, the Théâtre de Saint Quentin en Yvelines, the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume and the Festival Côté Cour of Aix en Provence, etc.

During these productions, I got the chance to collaborate with great conductors such as Yves ABEL, Donato RENZETTI, Stefano MONTANARI, David STERN, Riccardo FRIZZA, Alejo PEREZ, Jonathan WEBB, Roberto FORES VESES and directors such as Laurent PELLY, Eric VIGIÉ, Davide LIVERMORE, Chiara MUTI, William KENTRIDGE, Lorenzo MARIANI, etc.

Simultaneously of opera roles, I regularly perform in recital with various baroque ensembles such as Fuoco e Cenere (dir Jay BERNFELD), Musica Antiqua Mediterranea (dir Christian MENDOZE), Una Stella (dir Philippe SPINOSI) Baroque Graffiti (dir Jean-Paul SERRA), etc.

In 2016, I got the privilege to participate in the first edition of FABBRICA (Opera Studio of the Opera of Rome) where I played the title role of Scoiattolo in Gamba by Nino Rota as well as stand-in of the title role of Linda de Chamounix. 

My engagements in 2018-19 include the role of Yniold in Claude Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande at the Oviedo Opera conducted by Yves Abel, a recital at the Théâtre de Pertuis on February 22, the recording of my first CD in September 2018 with Christian Mendoze's Orchestre Musica Antiqua Mediterranea, with excerpts from a Jose de Nebra opera and canciones españolas.  With this orchestra, I took part in the recording of a Mexican baroque music disc and in a European tour in 2018 (Switzerland, Spain, Portugal). In March 2019, I play Giannetta in l'Elisir d'amore at the Toulon Opera.

Biographical movie: web show Fabbrica

Movie : performance by Yniold, Pelleas et Mélisande, Oviedo Opera (February 2018)

Christian MENDOZE

From Var district in southern France, Christian MENDOZE followed an original artistic path: after a career as a classical dancer in France, Belgium and Germany (he was "Etoile" of the ballets d'Avignon, Dijon, Limoges and Liège), he left his slippers for the recorder and conducting.

He has created the orchestra MUSICA ANTIQUA in 1981 and leads several activities, flute teacher in international courses, but he has created also several artistic structures, such as the « Festival de Musique Ancienne et Saison » in TOULON, the « Festival de Musique » in CALLAS, « Festival de Musique Baroque » of AVIGNON, « Festival de Musique» of HYERES, or « Festival d'Automne » of SIGNES.

At the same time, he developed the MUSICA ANTIQUA orchestra to a degree of international quality with prestigious concerts and a rich and ambitious recording policy, while pursuing a soloist activity with his musician friends..: CONCERTO KÖLN, LA GRANDE ECURIE and LA CHAMBRE DU ROY, Davitt MORONEY, Charles BRETT, John ELWES, Georges ZAMFIR. He was also invited to Italy by the Musicali Affetti ensemble and to Poland by the « St Stanislas de Cracovie » baroque ensemble.

He is currently pursuing his research towards ancient and traditional music from Hungary, Bohemia, Poland, but also towards more recent dances by BRAHMS, SMETANA, DVORAK, BARTOK, KODALY, etc, which will be the subject of a series of recordings. It's  a return to choreographic sources for Christian MENDOZE.

In addition, his career as soloist and conductor continues in the major European artistic centres from the Midem to the « Salle Gaveau », from the « Théâtre du Châtelet » to the « Philharmonie de Cracovie », from Rome to Vicenza, from Paris to Aix-en-Provence, etc.

Movie cantate de Vivaldi "All ombra di sospetto" Christian Mendoze et Eleonora De La Peña


"Musica Antiqua Mediterranea" has signed several versions of record references, hailed by the international and specialized media :

DANSES – DANSERYES, Grand Prix International de l’Académie du Disque
STABAT MATER de VIVALDI, version de référence d’Alain DUAULT
DANSERIES de GERVAISE, Prix Radio Suisse International et AWARD e MUSIC Editor’s Pick
SCHIARAZULA MARAZULA, Recommandé de Classica
DANSES ESPAGNOLES – SANZ, meilleur disque de l’année FNAC / Le monde de la Musique
DANSES ET MADRIGAUX – DEMANTIUS, Must de Compact Disc Magazine, Evènement du mois

Created in July 1981 by Christian MENDOZE, the  "Musica Antiqua Mediterranea" orchestra is one of the rare European formations to be able to illustrate a vast repertoire (from XVI° to XIX° century), including the great masters of the Baroque period, BACH, VIVALDI, PERGOLESE, PURCELL, HAENDEL, TELEMANN, CORELLI..., but also the great masters of the Baroque period, BACH, VIVALDI, PERGOLESE, PURCELL, HAENDEL, TELEMANN, CORELLI...  

He is currently preparing a series of recordings devoted to the symphonic repertoire based on choreographic works: Hungarian Dances by BRAHMS, Bohemian Dances and Polkas by SMETANA, Slav Dances by DVORAK, Hungarian Rhapsodies by LISZT, Waltzes and Polkas by STRAUSS, Popular Russian Dances, Romanian Rhapsodies by ENESCO.

"Musica Antiqua Mediterranea" is an ensemble with variable geometry, ranging from trio to orchestra "formation MOZART", and it performs with vocal or instrumental soloists, as well as with choirs or vocal ensembles.

Recognized by the international press as one of the best European orchestras, it has been welcomed by all major music centres and festivals :

Salon international de la musique « Musicora », PARIS 
Festival de Châteauvallon, OLLIOULES  
Festival de musique ancienne de TOULON   
Festival international d’Art Lyrique d’AIX-EN-PROVENCE (FRANCE MUSIQUE)   
Festival d’orgue de Toulon   Festival Manca de NICE  
Festival de VILLEVIELLE  
Printemps baroque de NICE 
Salle Gaveau, PARIS  
Rencontres internationales d’Arts Baroques d’AVIGNON  
Festival de CALLAS  
Festival de Staufen, ALLEMAGNE  
Festival international de Sion, SUISSE  
Château en fête, BRETAGNE 
Festival de Sankt Gerold, AUTRICHE  
Musiksommer am Zürichsee, SUISSE 
Nuits Auréliennes de FREJUS 
Festival international de Tagliacozzo, ITALIE  
Festival de Campobasso, ITALIE
Rencontres musicales du Château Mateus – PORTUGAL 
Spazio musicales de Vicenza, ITALIE 
Festival du Château de Pionsat, AUVERGNE 
Festival des chœurs d’enfants, GRASSE  
Festival Baroque d’AUVERGNE  
Festival de musiques anciennes d’AVIGNON
Festival international de Musique de Savona, ITALIE 
Festival international de Musique d’Imola, ITALIE  
Festival « Belles pierres en musique », FRANCE  
Festival de Torino, ITALIE  
Festival international d’Orgue de ROQUEVAIRE  
Festival « Patrimoine en Domitienne », BEZIERS
Musique à Saint Merry, PARIS  
Festival d’Automne, SIGNES  
Festival d’art lyrique « Pézenas Enchantée », PEZENAS
Théâtre du Châtelet, PARIS  
Festival de Crans Montana, SUISSE  

Orchestra and his conductor are always invited in Paris, in France Musique studios for live broadcasts :

Les Muses en Dialogue
Les Démons de Midi
L’été des Festivals
Scène ouverte
De si de là

Numerous concerts have also been recorded by France 3, TF1 and France Musique (Midem, Saint Tropez, Toulouse), as well as by the radio and television station Suisse Romande (Sion) in partnership with BBC London, Radio Bratislava, DRS Zürich, Radio Classique Portugal, etc.

Among the prestigious concerts, reserved for the great international ensembles, we can quote :  

La Salle Gaveau, PARIS 
La basilique de SAINT-MAXIMIN  
L’Abbaye Royale de LA CELLE 
La Chapelle Royale de RODEZ 
La Philharmonie de CRACOVIE  
L’Abbaye de SYLVANES 
Le Théâtre du Châtelet, PARIS

And many concerts in Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Nice, Toulon, Toulouse, Tarbes, Rome, Modena, Sibiu (Romania), Mannheim, Zürich, Vincenza, Cracow (Poland), Turin, Genova, etc..

Extrait : "Les quatre saisons de Vivaldi"

Some disc made :


For our first record together, under the label "Continuo Classics", Christian MENDOZE and myself are grateful to all the artists and professionals who support us in the realization of this beautiful and ambitious musical project ; This one will be essentially composed of lyrical works still little known by the general audience.

This disc will feature magnificent works of Spanish baroque music by José De Nebra as well as Canciones whose we look forward to making you discover rhythmic richness and musical and vocal virtuosity.

Making a record is always a great adventure and we would love to share it with you! Also, your support to the realization of this project is precious and we are already grateful for your contribution, but not only ...

As a participant in this work, you will be able to benefit from counterparts worthy of your support and, if so, we count on your presence, to toast to this success !

Eleonora De La Pena