CULT WORK 'MISA CRIOLLA' FROM WASHINGTON
At the end of July 2004, The Choral Arts Society of Washington (conducted
by Joseph Holt) recorded Ariel Ramirez's 'Misa Criolla' in Bethesda, Maryland,
The 'Misa Criolla' (1964) is unique in its combination of traditional
Latin-American rhythms and the Catholic mass. Particularly prominent are
melodies and rhythms of Argentina though Bolivian influences, too, are
brought to bear - most notably the deployment of the 'carnaval cochabambino'
in the Sanctus. It is scored for tenor, chorus, percussion, guitar and
This recording is coupled with the 'Missa Luba', a mass in the Congolese
style, arranged by the Belgian priest, Father Guido Haazen and the African
singers with whom he worked.