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Villancico con violines y trompas, a 6, a Nuestra Señora del Milagro

Coral de Cámara de Pamplona / Iruñeko Ganbara Abesbatza

The term “villancico” (Christmas carol) is used in common vernacular to refer to a religious song, especially since the end of the 16th century. There is no "Christmas carol form" as a structure, since the genre is not based on its poetic or musical form, but rather on its function as religious music. At the end of the 17th century, Christmas carols began to include recitatives and arias, in the style of Italian cantatas. Although Fernando de Acuña did not work as a musician in Navarre, much of his work is kept in the Collegiate Church of Roncesvalles. This Villancico con violines y trompas, a Nuestra Señora del Milagro, is a clear example of the genre’s development in the 18th century, including recitatives, duets and an aria for soprano.

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.


Villancico con violines y trompas, a6, a Nuestra Señora del Milagro