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Audio, Cassette, November 22, 1994
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I must have listened to this CD more than 100 times. One of my treasures!Published 11 months ago by Eva von Franque
Maybe the musical sophistication achieved in Mexico during the XVIII century is not well known. This recording will go a long way toward exposing the greatness of Mexican composers... Read morePublished on January 20, 2009 by Pedro E. Martinez
"Mexican Baroque"?????? Mexico was not a country until 1821. Sounds like the record company is trying to rewrite history ie. Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by E. Baumgartner
I agree completely with the previous reviewers, but let me add that the CD was awarded Best Classical Music recording the year it came out. Read morePublished on May 7, 2008 by Pattycakes
A marvelous disc of a much-neglected piece of Baroque-era music history. Emotive and eloquent, I consider this recording to be one of the true treasures of my CD library.Published on May 4, 2008 by David C. Becker
ELEGANT AND BEAUTIFUL AND QUITE UNIQUE!
While British colonists were composing their rugged "fugueing tunes" in the British colonies, chapel masters in Mexican cathedrals were... Read more
This is one of Chanticleer's best recordings. Their vocal sound is splendid and the pieces presented are impressive. Read morePublished on July 8, 2006 by R. Albin