Ramirez, A: Misa Criolla
In 1963 the Argentinian composer Ariel Ramirez wrote a Mass based on South American popular melodies. The hugely popular 'Misa Criolla' included the five major parts of the Catholic liturgy (Kyrie, Credo, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) but also instruments from the Andes folk idiom.It emerges today with an incredible spiritual strength and an extreme vitality. Alongside this Mass are some sacred South American baroque works in the native language of Bolivia. La Chimera have performed this work in concert in Paris, to sell-out audiences and it is riding high in the French charts. La Musica is a new label launched by Les Concerts Parisiens who organise Classical concerts in Paris with a significant roster of artists including Jaroussky, Stutzmann, etc … The label is based on the relationship created over a long period of time with artists in concert. La Chimera is the first release. La Musica is aiming 4 to 5 releases a year: the next will probably be Pergolesi's 'Stabat Mater' with Damien Guillon.