- 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)|
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.Read more ›
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.