This new recording of the ever so popular Misa Criolla was made to mark the fiftieth anniversary of it’s creation in 1964. It’s a sparkling, genuinely Latino version, reminiscent of the original recordings.
In this vibrant new edition, Ramírez’ popular mass is embedded in 17th- and 18th-century vespers, villancicos and hymns, all examples of ‘spontaneous’ expressions of popular religion and folk culture. Ramírez’ composition indeed draws on an ancient tradition of popular devotion and isdeeply rooted in Latin America’s folk music. Surprisingly, no new recorded versions of any importance have seen the light since the early nineties of the last century. With their classical schooling, fed by roots in the musical tradition of Latin America, the musicians of Música Temprana are very well placed to fill this gap.
Started in 2001 by the Argentine-Dutch musician Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel, Música Temprana aims to highlight the Latin-American Baroque music repertoire.
Most of Música Temprana’s repertoire comes from the archives, cathedrals and Jesuit missions of Latin America, into whose depths its director constantly delves for elusive, forgotten compositions. Woven throughout the fabric of Música Temprana’s music and instruments is the rich cultural diversity of Latin America, with the threads of many Creole, Indian, African and European influences.