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Chávez' Arbolucu, te Sequeste (Tree of Sorrow) gives an Iberian folksong an effective modernist treatment [listen -- track 7, 0:00-0:47], while the others pair off: two quite conventional settings of Colombian songs by Rengifo and Reina, and two of Afro-American (-Colombian and -Brazilian, to be specific) songs by Rincón and Guarnieri [listen -- track 16, 0:00-0:32]. They complement ideally the Ramírez pieces and contribute to the diversity-in-unity that helps make this one of the most happily programmed discs I've heard for some time.

This recording joins a dozen others currently available. That starring José Carreras may be the best known but has been widely criticised for misrepresenting Ramírez' vision of the work as a Mass of and for the people, by setting one performer so far above the others. Robert de Cormier successfully takes the opposite route, drawing his soloists from amongst his choristers. Counterpoint, formed in 2000, is a relatively new venture in De Cormier's varied and distinguished career. The group's sound is open and relaxed and its members sing with accuracy, confidence and enthusiasm.

The music is infectiously joyful and this is one of those rare discs which nearly everyone will like. It will make an ideal Christmas gift, but there's no need to wait until then to buy your own.

Copyright © 14 September 2005 Malcolm Tattersall, Townsville, Australia


Counterpoint - Misa Criolla

TROY746 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 58'40" 2005 Albany Records

Counterpoint and friends; Robert de Cormier, director

Ariel Ramírez (born 1921): Misa Criolla (1964) (Kyrie (vidala-baguala); Gloria (chacarera trunca); Credo (carnavalito); Sanctus (carnaval cochabambino); Agnus Dei (estilo pampeano)); Gustavo Adolfo Rengifo arr Josefina Severino: La Llamita (Colombian song); Carlos Chávez (1899-1978): Arbolucu, te sequeste (Iberian folksong) (1942); José Antonio Rincón (born 1937): Yambambó (Afro-Colombian song); Ariel Ramírez: Navidad Nuestra (1964) (La Anunciación (chamamé); La Peregrinación (huella pampeana); El Nacimiento (vidala catamarqueña); Los Pastores (chaya riojana); Los Reyes Magos (takirari); La Huida (vidala tucumana)); J Reina arr Josefina Severino: Por el Camino (Colombian Song); Mozart Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993): Egbêgi (Afro-Brazilian slave song); Ariel Ramírez: Misa por la Paz y la Justicia (1980 - excerpts) (Credo (malambo); Santo (bailecito); Cordero de Dios (estilo pampeano); Salmo 150 (chacarera))





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