“We are transported by this music that is lively, festive, and jubilant, as well as by the energy of the performers. There are many syncopations and hemiolas, and the singers often showcase their dance steps.“
Stephane Reecht, Resmuica
After the conquest of the Americas, Spanish and Portuguese ecclesiastics and musicians exported their polyphonic traditions to the new lands. Musicians like Juan de Araujo and Tomas de Torrejon y Velasco settled in Latin America (Peru and Argentia, respectively). Others were born in the New World, like Gaspar Fernández, who spent his entire career in his native Mexico. The music libraries of Latin American churches have conserved a large number of manuscripts. Some contain pieces that have long been lost in Europe.
While these musicians brought their skills as polyphonists to the “New World”, they were also intrigued by local popular traditions. They even adapted the texts of the Catholic liturgy to local languages. This programme showcases this movement in the Iberian polyphonic tradition and also documents the travels of the musicians in Europe, including the Spaniard Tomás Luis de Victoria, whose stay in Rome allowed him to immerse himself in the style of the papal household.
With his usual musical flair, Leonardo García Alarcón turns this sacred programme into a hymn to divinity, carried by frenzied rhythms and unchained performers.
Sacred and popular music of Baroque South America.
Works by Romero, de Araujo, Flecha, Victoria and de Salazar.
Performance running time: approx. 1 hour
Soloists of Cappella Mediterranea
Cast of 19 May 2023 – Festival Agapé, Carouge
Mariana Flores soprano
David Sagastume counter tenor (19 May 2023 – Carouge) / Leandro Marziotte ( 5 November 2023 – Sion)
Francisco Fernández-Rueda tenor (19 May 2023 – Carouge) / Valerio Contaldo ( 5 November 2023 – Sion)
Matteo Bellotto bass
Chœur de chambre de Namur
Leonardo García Alarcón Director
A production created in 2012 in Namur as part of the Festival de Wallonie.
Festival Agapé - Salle Franck Martin
Concert Hall - Grand Manège
St. John's Centre
Les Nuits de la Citadelle
Basilika St Emmeram
LWL-Industriemuseum Zeche Zollern
Opéra de Dijon, France
Abbaye Musicale de Malonne
Versailles, Chapelle Royale France
Ambronay, Abbatiale France