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Missa Mexicana Import


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 8 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000068327
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

1. Villancico: Canten dos jilguerillos (Francisco Escalada)
2. Kirie: [Missa Ego flos campi] (Juan Gutiirrez de Padilla)
3. Jacaras de la costa (Santiago de Murcia)
4. Xaacara: Los que fueren de buen gusto (Francisco de Vidales)
5. Gloria: [Missa Ego flos campi]
6. Corrente Italiana (Juan Cabanilles)
7. Xacara: A la xacara xacarilla (Juan Gutiirrez de Padilla)
8. Credo: [Missa Ego flos campi]
9. Cumbies (Santiago de Murcia)
10. Negrilla: A siolo flasiquiyo (Juan Gutiirrez de Padilla)
11. Sanctus [Missa Ego flos campi]
12. Marizapalos a lo humano: Marizapalos bajs una tarde (Anonymous: 17th-century Peru)
13. Marizapalos a lo divino: Serafin que con dulce harmonma (Joan Cererols)
14. Diferencias sobre marizapalos (Miguel Pirez de Zavala)
15. Agnus Dei [Missa Ego flos campi]
16. Guaracha: Convidando esta la noche (Juan Garcma de Zispedes)

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With 'Missa Mexicana' Andrew Lawrence-King and The Harp Consort provide one of the most joyous and thought-provoking discs of early music around. For an album that is 'crossover' in the best sense of the word, they take a 17th century mass by a Mexican composer and juxtapose it with the popular music that inspired it. All of this music is gorgeous, earthy, elegant, sensuous and passionate. Not surprisingly considering that many of the pieces are dances, it will undoubtedly set your toes tapping as well as have you humming. In addition to the standard harps, gambas, bass viols, etc., that one would expect from music of this period, The Harp Consort also includes Mexican guitars, bajons, and even a conch and a rain stick! The playing and the singing are superb, and Lawrence-King not only directs the ensemble but provides wonderful accompaniment on the harp and psaltery. The sheer joy everyone brings to the performance makes it seem like a particularly successful jam session, even though it is obvious just how much hard work and research has been put into it.
Mexico in the 1600s was a rich mixture of ethnic groups and cultures, and its music reflects this. The main influence is Spanish Renaissance polyphony (Spain at this time was in its musical golden age - the 'siglo d'oro'), but there is also help from Portuguese immigrants, Native Mexicans (Mayan), and Africans from the Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Puerto Rico. As well, there is constant tension between the sacred and secular worlds.
The core of this recording is a 'parody mass' (that is, the polyphony has been reconstructed from previously written motets) by Juan Gutierrez de Padilla, a Spanish composer who emigrated to Mexico and became the choir director of the Cathedral in Puebla in 1629.
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Contrary to impression one would get from Ms. Moran's inexplicable review, Mexican music isn't merely Mariachi bands and other such folk music. The Baroque was also alive and well in Mexico and the country developed its own tradition of sacred music. This is an lively collection of Mexican Baroque music, centering around a setting of the mass from Puebla Cathedral. It proves a very interesting mix of European traditions and the traditions and rythmns encountered in Mexico. The recording also sports a nice variety of styles and tempi. The performances are excellent and spirited, musically and technically outstanding.
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I have explored the great cathedral in Puebla, I have meditated upon the Aztec calendar stone in the Museo de Antropologia, I have attended Mexican weddings and I have studied the native language Nahuatl.
This is a European Harp Consort - it is not Mexican. At the least it could have included Mariachi music. It has no sense of time: 1588, 1820, 1917. It cannot tell the difference between Mayan and Toltec.
It is a very pleasant album to listen to, but it is NOT Mexican.
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Intellectual! Sensual! Spiritual!
The music and the performance are utterly Divine.
Missa Mexicana is a feast for the Senses and the Soul.
On a scale of 1 to 5, it's a 25 at the very least!
You haven't heard anything until you've heard this spectacular artistic program. It can restore one's faith in life!
I will never put it away.
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