Recorded at Estudios ION in Buenos Aires, and at the Berlin Philharmonie in 2004
Kyrie Gloria. Credo. Sanctus. Agnus Dei.
Philharmonic String Octet Berlin: First violin Laurentius Dinca. Second violin Christoph von der Nahmer. Viola Tzislaw Polonek. Violoncello Markus Nykos. Double-bass Ulrich Wolf.
Ensemble Tierra (Latin American folk instruments) Guitar and charango Francisco Rodríguez. Siku and quena Nuria Martinez. Piano Federico Siciliano.
Ricardo Cabrera - Conductor and percussion.
Guest artists - Bandoneon Walter Ríos
Tenor Gerardo Marandino. Choir Coral de las Américas, director Damián Sánchez. Music advisor Eduardo Lagos.
Misa Criolla is symbolic for Latin American folklore, embedded in deep religiousness. The spirit of sacral music is full of absolute virtuosity.Specially selected music performers present this deeply moving religious piece of Latinamerican folklore. The audience lives through a temperamental major piece of popular music.
Composed in 1963 by Ariel Ramirez, the Misa Criolla is based on the Catholic mass. The work begins with the Kyrie, a form of Baguala-vidala, a rhythm of North Argentina, fully showing the dramatism of the empty mountains of the Andes. The Gloria is based on a rhythm of Bolivia, bordering Northern Argentina, the well-known Carnavalito. But here it expresses the joy to God. According to the composer, the Credo is a central piece of the Misa. Musically speaking it is Chacarera trunca, typical of Central Argentina. The Credo ends with the assurance that eternal life after death exists. One of the prettiest forms of Bolivian Folklore is the Carnaval cochabambino and is the base for Sanctus. Finally, the Misa ends with the Agnus Dei, presented in form of Estilo pampeano, of the Pampa region. The voices of the Pampas show an endless horizon and loneliness, clearly to be recognized in Ramirez´ piece. The universal wish for freedom becomes very evident.
The Misa Criolla in an explosive performance, unique in its sounds and rhythms. Traditional forms are combined with contemporary popular music, an impressive mixture of heritage and present times.