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Mexican Baroque

Sacred Music from New Spain

  • Ignacio de Jerusalem:
  • Responsorio Segundo de S.S. José
  • Dixit Dominus
  • Mass in D Major
  • Manuel de Sumaya:
  • Sol-fa de Pedro
  • Hieremiae Prophetae Lamentationes
  • Celebren, publiquen
Chanticleer Sinfonia/Joseph Jennings
Teldec Das Alte Werk 2564-69765-2 58m DDD
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This fine disc brings together two composers from the so called "high period" in South American baroque music. Influenced wholly by the Spanish culture or "New Spain", the music of Ignacio de Jerusalem (c.1710-1769) and Manuel de Sumaya [Zumaya] (c. 1678-1755) is rich and highly varied with several outstanding touchs that create an atmosphere e of mystery and great spiritual beauty.

Of special interest is the Mass in D Major by Jerusalem which is replete with original touches that show Jerusalem's complete understanding of the vocal idiom. The sheer splendor of the "Gloria" has to be heard to be believed and I would rate this work up amongst the top sacred works composed in the 18th century. Zumaya is slightly less original but no less technically accomplished as the sober lamentations based on texts by the prophet Jeremiah amply demonstrate.

Recorded in 1994, this disc is excellently placed to re-take its rightful position as one of the most exciting issues of the mid 1990's. Chanticleer and Joseph Jennings are masters of this sort of repertoire and the detailed and copious notes are a bonus which should make this CD a most desirable purchase.

Copyright © 2008 by Gerald Fenech