Ramirez: Misa Criolla

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Robert de Cormier, his 12-member vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and 28 additional singers and instrumentalists have joined forces to present this lavish 2005 Albany release of twentieth century Latin American choral music; yet for all the care and effort expended, the folk-flavored results are merely entertaining, not revelatory or moving. The sacred works by Argentinean composer Ariel Ramírez are the most prominent offerings, central to the album's cross-cultural theme and representative of the newfound freedom of religious expression made possible by Vatican II. "Misa Criolla" and the Christmas cantata "Navedad Nuestra" both 1964 are key examples of the hybrid church ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Robert de Cormier, his 12-member vocal ensemble Counterpoint, and 28 additional singers and instrumentalists have joined forces to present this lavish 2005 Albany release of twentieth century Latin American choral music; yet for all the care and effort expended, the folk-flavored results are merely entertaining, not revelatory or moving. The sacred works by Argentinean composer Ariel Ramírez are the most prominent offerings, central to the album's cross-cultural theme and representative of the newfound freedom of religious expression made possible by Vatican II. "Misa Criolla" and the Christmas cantata "Navedad Nuestra" both 1964 are key examples of the hybrid church music Ramírez composed to promote the use of the Spanish vernacular in the Roman Catholic liturgy; yet these settings smack too much of the decade's kitschy pop styles -- most flagrantly in the use of a harpsichord and peppy vocalizations, obviously borrowed from the Swingle Singers -- and sound too commercially calculated to make the blending of styles seem heartfelt. Shorter choral pieces of a secular nature by Gustavo Adolfo Rengifo, Carlos Chávez, José Antonio Rincón, and Mozart Camargo Guarnieri round out the program, and reflect South American styles with more authentic color and rhythmic vitality, and with less self-conscious artifice. The reproduction is good, though mixed to make Counterpoint sound too much like anonymous studio vocalists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2005
  • Label: Albany Records
  • UPC: 034061074625
  • Catalog Number: 746
  • Sales rank: 369,171

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–5 La Misa Criolla for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra - Don Baldini & Ariel Ramírez (16:36)
  2. 2 La Llamita (Columbian Song) - Robert DeCormier & Gustavo Adolfo Rengifo (3:35)
  3. 3 Arbolucu, Te Sequeste (Iberian Folksong) - Carlos Chávez & Robert DeCormier (1:58)
  4. 4 Yambambó (Afro-Colombian Song) - Robert DeCormier & José Antonio Rincón (2:59)
  5. 5 Por el Camíno (Colombian song) - Juan Reina & Robert DeCormier (4:28)
  6. 6 Egbêgí (Afro-Brazilian slave song) - Robert DeCormier & Camargo Guarnieri (1:43)
  7. 7 Misa por la Paz y la Justicia: Credo (malambo) - Don Baldini & Ariel Ramírez (3:37)
  8. 8 Misa por la Paz y la Justicia: Santo (bailecito) - Don Baldini & Ariel Ramírez (2:46)
  9. 9 Misa por la Paz y la Justicia: Cordero de Dios (estilo pampeano) - Don Baldini & Ariel Ramírez (2:15)
  10. 10 Misa por la Paz y la Justicia: Salmo 150 (chacarera) - Don Baldini & Ariel Ramírez (2:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ensemble Vocal Contrepoint Primary Artist
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