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Alma Redemptoris Mater

Coral de Cámara de Pamplona / Iruñeko Ganbara Abesbatza

Simón de Araya was born in Peralta. He was a chapel master in Medina del Campo and, from 1714 onward, in the cathedral of León. His responsibilities as a chapel master included composing works various liturgical festivities. His relationship with the Leon City Council was very tense. In 1732, he received a warning not to produce any more works for the cathedral and was forbidden to present his compositions to the court of Madrid. Hoping to pay off a debt of 2000 reales that he had accumulated in his final years, he bequeathed all of his scores to the cathedral of León. Very few of his compositions remain. Among them is the Alma Redemptoris Mater, composed for six voices.

Recording date

14 to 18 September 2020.


Coral de Cámara de Pamplona

The institution was founded by maestro Luis Morondo in 1946 with the aim of working on music from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries. However, it ended up expanding its repertoire to all genres of vocal music, with a special place for contemporary composers. It has participated in many festivals such as the International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, the Graz International Festival, the San Sebastián Music Fortnight, the Vienna International Festival and the Hispano-American Choral Music Cycle in Havana. It has published more than a hundred albums with labels such as Lumen, Telefunken, Columbia, Philips, Westminster, Movieplay, ARSIS and RTVE. It has performed on stages such as the Concert Hall in New York, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Gran Teatro in Havana, the Sodre Theater in Montevideo and the Teatro della Pergola in Florence. It is sponsored by the Government of Navarre, the Ministry of Culture, the INAEM and the Pamplona City Council, with the additional collaboration of Diario de Navarra and the Caja Navarra Foundation. The Choir was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit at Work in 2005 and the Prince of Viana Prize in 2018.

David Gálvez Pintado


He was born in Valencia, where he finished his higher studies in music theory, piano, choir conducting and composition. Later, he transferred to the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest where he specialised in Choir Conducting, Orchestra and Composition. He has participated in opera productions and symphonic concerts alongside prestigious performers and groups. He has been a judge in competitions and symposia, and has participated in conferences around the world. As a composer, his works have been performed in the finest concert halls, such as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Chicago People's Music School, the Salón Grande of the San Marcos Cultural Centre in Lima, the National Theatre of Panama, the Music Palace of Valencia and the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofía, among others. He has received important awards such as the National Forum of Hungarian Musicians and the Catalonia Choral Composition Prize in 2006. He is the artistic and musical director of the Coral de Cámara de Pamplona, and has fulfilled the same roles for the Young Orchestra and the Choir of Central America (JOCCA) since its foundation in 2008.


Alma Redemptoris Mater