“M” is a programme whose main concept is neither the chosen repertory nor my own performance, as usual, but rather a third element: the instruments themselves. And the reason is I’ll be using a handful of state of the art recorders by some of the most influential makers within the instrument’s modern history, which I’m sure will add another layer of interest to my performance.

The title of the program is a case of sheer serendipity, since it comes from the curious fact that all of the makers’ family names start with letter m: Bob Marvin, Ernst Meyer, Fred Morgan and Monika Musch. I first chose a couple of representative recorder models by each maker and then a piece to showcase it.


“El virtuosismo que mostró Parrilla rondó por momentos lo inverosímil”.

Diario de Sevilla, August 18, 2013

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Detail of a stunning bass recorder by Bob Marvin. You won’t believe your ears

Programme proposal


A Short & Incomplete Sound History of the Recorder Through its Modern Makers — Chapter M

Ma — Recorders by Bob Marvin (USA)

Alfonso X el Sabio (1221-1284)
Tantas en Santa María (CSM 173)
Pero que seja a gente (CSM 181)
A madre de Jesucristo (CSM 172)

On La Spagna tenor

Me — Recorders by Ernst Meyer (CH)

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Tango-Étude no. 3

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788)
Flute sonata in A m H.562
Poco Adagio – Allegro – Allegro

Mo — Recorders by Fred Morgan (AU)

Jacques Hotteterre (1673-1763) &
Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Traits pour la Flûte-a-bec & L’amour

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Partita in C m BWV 1013
Allemande – Corrente – Sarabande – Bourrée Anglaise

Mu — Recorders by Monika Musch (DE)

Aurelio Virgiliano (fl. 1600)
Recercata terza

Kees Boeke (1950)
Lacrime* (1983)

A particularly surprising, newsworthy Marvin tenor recorder

The instruments

And here’s the list of recorders I’ll be performing on:

  • Marvin: cylindrical g alto, pythagorean (2003) & HIER.S consort tenor (2004)
  • Meyer: Denner alto (2009) & Denner-Bressan voice flute (2010)
  • Morgan: Bressan alto (1997) & Stanesby soprano (1978)
  • Musch: Schnitzer tenor (2007) & one-piece “Ganassi-type” g alto (2003)
Vicente Parrilla

Upcoming concerts

Feb 25 2018 Vicente Parrilla and Euskal Barrokensemble Hondarribia, Spain Hondarribia + Info
Mar 09 2018 Vicente Parrilla and Hadrien Jourdan Geneva, Switzerland Haute école de musique de Genève + Info
May 05 2018 Vicente Parrilla and Euskal Barrokensemble El Escorial, Spain El Escorial + Info
May 26 2018 Vicente Parrilla and Euskal Barrokensemble Barcelona, Spain L’Auditori + Info
Jul 04 2018 Vicente Parrilla and Euskal Barrokensemble Fribourg, Switzerland Festival International de Musiques Sacrées + Info