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Baroque Music From Latin America 2 - Moon, Sun & All Things


Release Date: 10/11/2005 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67524   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  AnonymousJuan Gutierrez de PadillaJuan de AraujoDiego J. De Salazar,   ... 
Performer:  Grace DavidsonChristopher WatsonWilliam TowersNatalie Clifton-Griffith,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber ChoirEx Cathedra Baroque OrchestraQuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


It's only (almost) February, but I'm certain that come December 31st, this recording will still be at or near the top of my list of outstanding choral releases of 2005/2006. Following on their acclaimed first volume of "Baroque music from Latin America" (Hyperion 67380) issued in 2003, Jeffrey Skidmore and his Ex Cathedra forces return to the lands of the Inca and Aztecs and the world of cathedrals, missions, Christian theology, and Baroque-style music brought by their Spanish conquerors during the 17th and 18th centuries. And from the opening track, a majestic, soul-stirring processional (a different form of which was used by Ex Cathedra on its earlier disc), to the moving, prayerful
Read more recessional hymn Dulce Jesús mío (My sweet Jesus), there's not a weak, dull, or uninspired moment on the entire 77-minute program. If you haven't heard the music of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and ultimately native-born composers working in Mexico and in various South American countries during this period--and there already are a growing number of recordings celebrating this vast, continually emerging repertoire--then you could do yourself no better favor than to get this disc and begin your journey here.

The first-hand research by Skidmore is impressive and compelling enough to command our interest (his descriptions of his South American travels are brief yet informative and colorful!), but the music--the enormously fascinating and sophisticated works of Padilla, Araujo, and Zipoli; the exciting, rousing villancicos of Salazar, Fernandes, and (again) Araujo--is enough to keep us happily listening and marveling at the quality of the writing and the absolute mastery of every bar by the singers and instrumentalists.

Several of the works are scored for multiple choirs and intriguing arrays of instruments, from strings, recorders, cornetts, and sackbutts, to bagpipes, trumpets, harp, bajón, shawm, tromba marina, and all manner of percussion. And it's all recorded in ravishing sound that brings the grandest gestures and most delicate details to vivid life. This is great music and equally extraordinary music-making, the result of careful thought and planning and the efforts of some of the world's finest musicians. A most worthy project--enthusiastically recommended!

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Ritual formulario: Hanacpachap by Anonymous
Performer:  Grace Davidson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1631; Peru 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Quechua 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
2.
Deus in adiutorium by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
3.
Dixit Dominus by Juan de Araujo
Performer:  Christopher Watson (Tenor), William Towers (Countertenor), Natalie Clifton-Griffith (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
4.
Salga el Torillo by Diego J. De Salazar
Performer:  Lucy Ballard (Alto), Grace Davidson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Written: Spain 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
5.
Beatus vir by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Elizabeth Cragg (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 11 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
6.
Viva Ignacio, viva! by Gaspar Fernandes
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
7.
Laudate Dominum by Francisco López Capillas
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
8.
Aquí, Valentónes de nombre! by Juan de Araujo
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1680; Bolivia 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
9.
Beloved Mother of God by Hernando Franco
Performer:  Grace Davidson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 16th Century; Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs.
St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004)
This selection is sung in North American Indian. 
10.
Ave maris stella by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Natalie Clifton-Griffith (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
11.
Magnificat by Francisco López Capillas
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 6 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
12.
Cui luna, sol et omnia by Francisco López Capillas
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
13.
Albricias mortales que viene la aurora by Manuel de Zumaya
Performer:  Nicholas Perfect (Bass), William Towers (Countertenor), Christopher Watson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
14.
Sancta Mariae by Francisco Hernández
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is sung in Náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs.
St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004)
This selection is sung in North American Indian. 
15.
Ay andar by Juan de Araujo
Performer:  Natalie Clifton-Griffith (Soprano), William Towers (Countertenor), Eamonn Dougan (Bass),
Alice Gribbin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004) 
16.
Dulce Jesús mío "Y yaî Jesuchristo apoquîrui" by Anonymous
Performer:  Grace Davidson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jeffrey Skidmore
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ex Cathedra Chamber Choir,  Ex Cathedra Baroque Orchestra,  QuintEssential Sackbut and Cornet Ensemble
Written: Bolivia 
Venue:  St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Portions of this selection are sung in Náhuatl, the language of the Aztecs.
St. Jude-on-the Hill, Hampstead, London (10/21/2004 - 10/23/2004)
This selection is sung in North American Indian and Spanish. 

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