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Ramirez: Misa Criolla, Navidad Nuestra, Missa Luba

Album Summary

>Ramírez, Ariel : Navedad Nuestra, cantata, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Haazen, Guido : Missa Luba
>Ramírez, Ariel : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra
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Notes & Reviews:

Argentine composer and pianist Ariel Ramirez is widely acclaimed throughout South America for his unique synthesis of popular and liturgical styles. The Misa Criolla, based on South American folk music, is a setting of the traditional Mass texts, in Spanish, to the accompaniment of a variety of Andean instruments. Missa Luba, which adapts traditional Congolese melodies and rhythms to the Latin texts of the Mass, has been described by its creator, the missionary Father Guido Haazen, as a collective improvisation. It includes a prominent and exciting part for African percussion instruments. The Sanctus is also well known for its inclusion in the soundtrack to the 1960s cult film If.



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>Ariel Ramírez (1921 - 2010) : Navedad Nuestra, cantata, for tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Ricardo Diaz (Guitar); Luis Garay (Percussion); Manuel Melendez; Janette Wilkinson (Violin); Laura Knutson (Violin); Pablo Talamante (Tenor); Michael Bard (Guitar); José Sacin; Carmen Vicente (Castanets)
  • Conductor: Joseph Holt
  • Ensemble: Washington Choral Arts Society
  • Running Time: 17 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1964

>Haazen, Guido : Missa Luba :: An African Mass, for chorus
  • Performers: Wilbur Wood (Ngoma); Luis Garay (Djembe); Luis Garay (Ngoma); Luis Garay (Congas); Luis Garay (Percussion); Leon Khoja-Eynatyan (Guiro); Leon Khoja-Eynatyan (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Joseph Holt
  • Ensemble: Washington Choral Arts Society
  • Running Time: 14 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Ariel Ramírez (1921 - 2010) : Misa Criolla, for tenor, piano, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Richard Marlow (Guitar); Pablo Talamante (Tenor); Manuel Melendez; Carlos Boltes (Charango); José Sacin; Gonzalo Cortés (Quena); Luis Garay (Percussion); Michael Bard (Guitar); Ricardo Diaz (Charango); Ricardo Diaz (Guitar); Scott Hill (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Joseph Holt
  • Ensemble: Washington Choral Arts Society
  • Running Time: 21 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1964