Moon, Sun & All Things

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
CDs featuring early music from Latin America have appeared regularly in recent years, and the striking thing is that little repertoire has been duplicated. Obviously the field of Renaissance and Baroque music from the Spanish-speaking New World Brazil is something else yet again is a large field whose riches haven't yet been even close to fully tapped. This disc by the British choir and instrumental ensemble Ex Cathedra presents mostly music by composers who worked in South America, but the characteristic mixture of styles -- high-style polyphony; the semi-popular and semi-sacred Spanish villancico, which might have an African influence; and simple, rather mystical pieces...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
CDs featuring early music from Latin America have appeared regularly in recent years, and the striking thing is that little repertoire has been duplicated. Obviously the field of Renaissance and Baroque music from the Spanish-speaking New World Brazil is something else yet again is a large field whose riches haven't yet been even close to fully tapped. This disc by the British choir and instrumental ensemble Ex Cathedra presents mostly music by composers who worked in South America, but the characteristic mixture of styles -- high-style polyphony; the semi-popular and semi-sacred Spanish villancico, which might have an African influence; and simple, rather mystical pieces in Amerindian languages here Quechua and Nahuatl -- that makes the Latin American repertory as a whole so fascinating is fully in evidence. It's a lovely disc, and fully worth investigating for those who have been snared by this unique Latin sound. Ex Cathedra's approach to the repertory differs from that heard on the other recordings that have appeared so far, and it has both advantages and disadvantages. The biggest difference is that the music here is sung by a choir; ensemble leaders Jordi Savall and Andrew Lawrence-King, as well as the Mexican groups that have presented music of their own country, have mostly performed sacred repertory with smaller groups. Documentary evidence indicates that Spanish composers working in the New World often had good-sized choirs at their disposal, and anyone who has visited a small Latin American town will not fail to have been impressed by the size of its cathedral. Moon, Sun & All Things is structured like an actual Vespers service, which does give a sense for the multicultural collision of styles in the New World but has the effect of mixing music of different eras together in a way that the original musicians probably would not have done. Savall's wide-ranging approach, which communicates the Spanish roots of the African influence in the music, is ultimately more coherent despite the attempt here to assemble an actual unit of service music. The performances of the villancicos are a bit reserved; Savall's freer approach on his Villancicos y danzas criollas album gets across their rhythmic excitement better. The singers of Ex Cathedra plainly enjoy the fabulously down-to-earth religious metaphors of the villancicos, however, and they articulate the texts clearly. Any new recording in this marvelous field is to be welcomed, and this one has much to offer in a package that will be enjoyable for all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Hyperion Uk
  • UPC: 034571175249
  • Catalog Number: 67524
  • Sales rank: 137,403

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Hanacpachap cussicuinin (God, Joy of the Universe), hymn - Anonymous, Peruvian & Simon Perry (5:10)
  2. 2 Deus in Auditorium - Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla & Simon Perry (2:04)
  3. 3 Dixit Dominus, for 11 voices - Juan de Araujo & Natalie Clifton-Griffith (8:31)
  4. 4 Salga el Torillo - Diego José de Salazar & Simon Perry (7:25)
  5. 5 Beátus Vir, for soprano, choir, 2 violins & continuo - Domenico Zipoli & Elizabeth Cragg (11:48)
  6. 6 Viva Ignacio! Viva! - Gaspar Fernandes & Simon Perry (0:38)
  7. 7 Laudate Dominum - Francisco López Capillas & Simon Perry (4:08)
  8. 8 Aquí, aquí, valentones, for chorus - Juan de Araujo & Simon Perry (3:26)
  9. 9 Dios Itlaco nantzine - Hernando Franco & Simon Perry (3:12)
  10. 10 Ave Maris Stella, for soloists, chorus & ensemble - Domenico Zipoli & Natalie Clifton-Griffith (3:47)
  11. 11 Magnificat à 8 - Francisco López Capillas & Simon Perry (6:20)
  12. 12 Cui luna, sol et omnia - Francisco López Capillas & Simon Perry (3:07)
  13. 13 Albricias, mortales! - Manuel de Zumaya & Simon Perry (5:14)
  14. 14 Sancta Mariae, for chorus - Francisco Hernández & Simon Perry (2:25)
  15. 15 Ay, andar! - Juan de Araujo & Natalie Clifton-Griffith (4:55)
  16. 16 Dulce Jesús mío (Yyaî Jesuchristo) - Anonymous, Bolivian & Simon Perry (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ex Cathedra Choir Primary Artist
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