Ariel Ramirez

Biography

Born: 1921; Santa Fe, Argentina   Died: February 18, 2010; Buenos Aires, Argentina  
Purists, whether they specialize in classical music or tango, have sometimes scoffed at the efforts of Ariel Ramírez to bring Argentine folk music to the widest possible public. Yet since the 1960s, Ramírez has been tremendously successful as a folk music crossover evangelist, particularly thanks to his best-selling Misa Criolla.

At age 19, Ramírez got a job teaching in the mountains of Argentina, where he was first introduced to his
Read more nation's folklore. He spent three years absorbing the music of the Indians, gauchos, and creoles. Later, in his twenties, Ramírez studied music formally and won local prizes for piano performance. In 1950, he went to Europe to study at conservatories in Madrid and Vienna. Back in Argentina, Ramírez collected and published Andean folk songs and began composing original popular songs, as many as 400 through his career, of which the best-known are Alfonsina y el mar, Indio toba, and La peregrinación. Some of these songs have become increasingly common on recital discs by such Hispanic tenors as Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, and José Cura.

Ramírez' greatest hit emerged in 1964. The Second Vatican Council had just authorized vernacular masses, and Ramírez responded with his Misa Criolla for tenor, mixed chorus, percussion, Andean instruments, and keyboard. The Mass, setting the Spanish version of the Mass to native sounds and rhythms, became an international sensation when it was recorded by Philips shortly after Ramírez composed it. Interestingly, the work was not publicly performed until 1967, in Germany. Philips' 1987 remake with Carreras popularized the work anew.

Ramírez' other important classical compositions include a set of 15 piano studies on the rhythms and forms of traditional Argentine music (1975), Misa por la Paz y la Justicia (1980), and cantatas on historical themes. Ramírez was president of the Society of Authors and Composers of the Republic of Argentina from 1970 to 1977. Read less
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    Seraphic Fire
    Label: Seraphic Fire Media   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Billings,  Alvaro A. Bermudez,  Shawn Crouch,  Jake Runestad  ... 
    Performer:  Pedro Fernandez,  Charango] Alvaro A. [Guitar Bermudez,  Kathryn Mueller,  Derek Chester  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seraphic Fire
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    Strong Emotions 2 - On Classic Contemporary Guitar / Giulio Tampalini
    Label: Concerto   Catalog: 2075 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Marco Pereira,  Ariel Ramirez,  Julio Sanders,  Dilermando Reis  ... 
    Performer:  Giulio Tampalini
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    Yo Soy Maria / Marie-Josee Lord
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22663 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Simon Leclerc,  Consuelo Velásquez,  Angel Cabral,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Marie-Josée Lord
    Conductor:  Simon Leclerc
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    Voice From Assisi / Friar Allesandro
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001743902 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Gabriel Fauré,  Paul Mealor,  Ariel Ramirez  ... 
    Performer:  Friar Allesandro
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    Classical 2012
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001675702 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Georges Bizet,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi,  Francesco Cilèa  ... 
    Performer:  Lang Lang,  Andrea Bocelli,  Anna Netrebko,  Jonas Kaufmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung,  Antonio Pappano,  Marco Armiliato,  Daniele Callegari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Fagiolini
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    Los Pajaros Perdidos / Christina Pluhar, L'arpeggiata
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 6785162 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Ariel Ramirez,  Astor Piazzolla,  Constantino Ramones  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Jaroussky,  Lucilla Galeazzi,  Luciana Mancini,  Quito Gato  ... 
    Conductor:  Christina Pluhar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  L'arpeggiata
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    Aire Que Vino Del Sur / Daniel Noli
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 204 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Carlos Guastavino,  Beatriz Lockhart,  Camargo Mozart Guarnieri  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Noli
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    Sound The Bells - A Holiday Celebration / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 62182 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Williams,  Traditional,  Randol Bass,  James Pierpont  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band
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    Guitar Passions / Sharon Isbin & Friends
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 784219 Release Date: 08/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gentil Montaña,  Quique Sinesi,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Isaac Albeniz  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Isbin,  Stanley Jordan,  Steve Morse,  Romero Lubambo  ... 
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    Latin American Music For Guitar / Vicente Coves
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572527 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Celedonio Romero,  Leo Brouwer,  Jorge Morel  ... 
    Performer:  Vicente Coves,  Enrique Morente,  Esteban Ocaña,  Horacio Ferrer
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    Bryn's Christmas / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001491472 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Gustav Holst  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Bing Crosby,  Rolando Villazón,  Catrin Finch  ... 
    Conductor:  Tecwyn Evans
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Welsh National Opera Orchestra,  Cordydd,  Nidus Children's Choir  ... 
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    Santo - Sacred Songs / Juan Diego Florez
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001487502 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Joseph Fux,  César Franck,  Adolphe Adam,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Juan Diego Flórez
    Conductor:  Michele Mariotti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bologna Teatro Comunale Chorus,  Bologna Teatro Comunale Orchestra
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    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 4411 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Evelyn Danzig,  Ariel Ramirez,  Bob Baron  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth McKellar
    Conductor:  Peter Knight
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    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 380888 Release Date: 01/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ariel Ramirez,  Jürgen Essl,  Hugo Distler,  Johannes Crüger  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schildbach,  Uwe Ungerer,  Anika Sergel-Kohls,  Joe Krieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicol Matt
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    Jose Carreras - Misa Criolla And Other Works
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4525 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Ariel Ramirez,  Richard Wagner
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Ariel Ramirez,  Lorenzo Bavaj
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aurelius Boys Choir of Calw,  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    In Passione Domini - Jose Cura Sacred Concert
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4373 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Ariel Ramirez,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
    Performer:  José Cura
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    Anyway / Roland Dyens
    Label: Gha   Catalog: 126470 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Baden Powell,  Ariel Ramirez,  Roland Dyens  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Dyens,  Emmanuel Dyens
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    Sacred Arias - Katherine Jenkins
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001229402 Release Date: 11/18/2008  
    Composer:  Ariel Ramirez,  Simon Lindley,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Katherine Jenkins
    Conductor:  Nicholas Dodd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Crouch End Festival Chorus,  London Session Orchestra
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    Lesley Garrett - Live At Christmas
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 884 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ariel Ramirez,  William Henry Monk,  Various  ... 
    Performer:  Lesley Garrett,  Sibongile Khumalo,  José Cura,  Steve Lodder  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Ellis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Spirit Singers,  Northern Sinfonia,  Guy Barker Trio
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    The Art Of Jose Carreras
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 9626 Release Date: 10/22/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ruggero Leoncavallo  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Domenico [Bass-Baritone Vocal] Trimarchi,  Katia Ricciarelli,  Robin Leggate  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Claudio Scimone,  Roberto Benzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grupo Huancara
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    Sacred Arias
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 805835 Release Date: 10/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Howard Goodall,  Traditional,  Meredith Willson  ... 
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    Rejoice And Be Merry! / Jessup, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, King's Singers
    Label: Mormon Tabernacle   Catalog: 5007325 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Traditional,  Katherine K. Davis,  Adolphe Adam  ... 
    Performer:  Daron Bradford,  Richard Elliott,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Conductor:  Thomas Waldron,  Craig Jessop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Mormon Tabernacle Choir,  Orchestra at Temple Square
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    Ramirez: Misa Criolla, Navidad Nuestra
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467095 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ariel Ramirez
    Performer:  Mercedes Sosa
    Conductor:  Estudio Coral de Buenos A
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    Folias - Tangos, Metamorphoses / Carmen Maret, Andrew Bergeron
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 111 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Bergeron,  Juan de Dios Filiberto,  Ariel Ramirez,  Enrique Saborido  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Bergeron,  Carmen Maret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Folias
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    Christmastime / Swingle Singers
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 548303 Release Date: 03/20/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  James Pierpont,  Traditional,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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