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  "Moon, sun & all things - Baroque Music from Latin America - 2"

Ex Cathedra
Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
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Site review by Polly Nomial March 24, 2006
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This incredible disc opens with a superb processional song, which is deservedly popular in Latin America, which has been orchestrated especially for this disc and as a whole, the programme reflects a service. None of the composers is familiar (except for that ubiquitous Anonymous!) but the music is very vibrant, full of the joys of life unlike much European culture of the time (and arguably, since). It would be wrong to claim that the pieces presented here are of a similar scale to their European contemporaries (the longest is 8'29) but they are composed well and sound fresh and original. Other tracks of note are the very invigorating "Salga el torillo hosquillo" by de Salazar (a Spanish composer who is not known to have visited, so his inclusion is a little odd but musically appropriate), "Aqui, Valentones" by de Araujo (another Spaniard) with is liberal use of castanets and the hauntingly simple recessional "Dulce Jesus mio". Ironically, the most conventionally sounding "European" music is written by the Latin composers!

The performances are surely second to none, with very enthusiastic but tasteful playing and singing thanks to Jeffrey Skidmore's inspired direction. The recording too is of a very high standard with just the right amount of ambience from the rears.

Very enjoyable and highly recommended but not in preference to Harmonia Mundi's Missa Mexicana - The Harp Consort


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