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Mexican Baroque

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(c) 1994 by Teldec Classics, catalogue number 4509-96353-2. Stereo. Josephy Jennings, Conductor. ADDITIONAL PERFORMERS: Philip Wilder, Frank Albinder, Eric Alatorre. Louis Botto, artistic director. Frank Albinder, assistant conductor.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Responsorio Desundo de S.S. Jose
  2. Dixit Dominus: Dixit Dominus Domino meo
  3. Dixit Dominus: Virgam virtutis tuae
  4. Dixit Dominus: Judicabit in nationibus
  5. Dixit Dominus: De torrente in via bibet
  6. Dixit Dominus: Gloria Patri, et Filio
  7. Dixit Dominus: Amen
  8. Sol-fa de Pedro
  9. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Kyrie
  10. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Gloria in excelsis Deo
  11. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Gloria agimus tibi
  12. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Qui tollis peccata mundi
  13. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Quoniam tu solus
  14. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Cum Sancto Spirtu
  15. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Amen
  16. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Credo in unum Deum
  17. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Et incarnatus est
  18. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Crucifixus etiam pro nobis
  19. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Et resurrexit tertia die
  20. (Polychoral) Mass in D major: Sanctus
  21. Hieremiae Prophetae Lamentationes
  22. Celebren, publiquen


Product Details

  • Conductor: Joseph Jennings
  • Composer: Ignacio de Jerusalem, Manuel de Zumaya
  • Audio CD (June 7, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000000SOW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,301 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I was one of the first people ever to hear this music in a commercial venue, when Chanticleer and the Janus Ensemble performed selections from Mexican Baroque in NYC back in 1996. The CD does not disappoint. The two composers featured were extremely well versed in the Baroque style recognizable from the European masters with a definite Iberian flare.

The polyphonies of Zumaya in "Sol-fa de Pedro" in particular, I would be so bold as to say, rival any of Monteverdi's or Handel's in their complexities. "The Lamentations" are beautifully executed, and I think it really takes a very softened and fluid sounding ensemble like Chanticleer to do them justice. The soloists were not overly pronounced in this melancholy piece which succeeds in large part due to its several transitions in and out of the chorus.

De Jerusalem I thought took a clear second place among the two composers, but his work is absolutely beautiful regardless. The imitative counterpoint in the opening track motet is notably well-executed. His rendition of Dixit Dominus is yet another unique interpretation of this popular Psalm though the opening is more varied in mood than the majestic and austere power familiar from other Baroque composers' renditions. The monody of the "Virgam Virtutis" has a touch of "recitative" to it (the 'Tuba Mirum" of Mozart's Requiem comes to mind). "Iudicabit" is a torrential rush of strings and voice that word paints its subject in a forceful major key. The joyous "Amen" choral caps off the vesper with a suitable finale for this work. In 9.1 minutes, Jerusalem sports a tremendous range of compositional talent which, according to my meager musical education, has hints of the classical elements that begin to appear in the mid 18th century during his lifetime.

As other reviewers have said, you will not regret your purchase.
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I almost didn't buy this cd. I was a little skeptical about the title. I had never heard of Mexican Baroque (New Spain) composers. I was totally shocked, surprised, and ecstatic that I bought this cd. The very first piece by de Jerusalem was sooo beautiful that I played it over and over and over again. A fellow reviewer said that #21, the Lamentations are worth the price alone. I couldn't agree more. It is a deeply beautiful and moving peace that instantly reminds me of Gregorio Allegri's Misere Mei, Deus as well as Versa est in Luctum by Alonso Lobo (another fine peace at often times passed over) This music truly does rival Handel, Bach, and Vivaldi in terms of beauty. I am glad that I was adventerous enough to buy a cd I normally would not have even considered. BUY IT--YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!!
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This album is phenomenal! Just when you get used to hearing Chanticleer sing a cappella, they come out with a CD of Baroque music with a marvelous sinfonia!
Track 21, the Lamentations of Jeremiah is worth the price of admission by itself. The sonorities are passionate and moving. This album does much to bring to recognition to marvelous creations of "New Spain" during the Baroque Era. If you haven't heard any of this music, buy this album as an amazing introduction.
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I discovered this cd while at Borders- gave it a try with the headphones and bought it on the spot. I am a big baroque fan but not especially of vocal music- but this and other Chanticleer cds have changed my mind and opened it as well- Give the samples a try- It has become one of my favorite cds. highly recommended!!
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Chanticleer is a Capella ensemble doing interpretations of vocal literature from Renaissance to Jazz and from gospel to new music since its debut in 1978 over The Mission Dolores of San Francisco. In this album the Chanticleer ensemble interprets Baroque Music created for the Mexico City Cathedral by Ignacio de Jerusalem and Manuel de Zumaya during the 18th century.This music was widely performed throughout "New Spain," basically any Spanish Colonies north of Panama, including portions of what it is now Texas and California. The Chanticleer has done a wonderful performance of this music.

Very few musical centers in The New World surpassed the sophistication of Mexico City during the Baroque Era. The chapel masters of Mexican churches were creating concerted music of extraordinary beauty and elegance. Two music composers stand out in the history of the 18th century Mexican music: Manuel de Zumaya and Ignacio de Jerusalen. Manuel de Zumaya was born in Mexico around 1678. The multiplicity of Zumaya's style and talents are reflected in this album with The Lamentations, Celebren, publiquen (large polychoral sound piece), and Sol-fa (Solfeggio piece) de Pedro. Ignacio de Jerusalen was born in Italy in 1710 and recruited in 1742 to play in the coliseum in Mexico CIty. By the 1746, Mr. Ignacio de Jerusalen was composing music for the Mexican City Cathedral and was appointed as the chapel master in 1749. He remained as the chapel master until his death in 1769. Jerusalem's music was spred through the New Spain and copies of his music manuscripts have been found in the Texas and California missions. The Dixit Dominus and Mass in D have graceful and transparent fugues. The Reponsorio Segundo de Jose revels high Baroque style.
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