Misa Criolla (2014)

Conde, Traditional, Comes, de Herrera, Anonymous, Zespedes, de Araujo, Araujo, Cererols, Valdebenito, Ramirez

Musica Temprana

Adrian Rodriguez Van der Spoel

This new recording of the ever so popular Misa Criolla was made to mark the fiftieth anniversary of it’s creation in 1964. It’s a sparkling, genuinely Latino version, reminiscent of the original recordings.

In this vibrant new edition, Ramírez’ popular mass is embedded in 17th- and 18th-century vespers, villancicos and hymns, all examples of ‘spontaneous’ expressions of popular religion and folk culture. Ramírez’ composition indeed draws on an ancient tradition of popular devotion and isdeeply rooted in Latin America’s folk music. Surprisingly, no new recorded versions of any importance have seen the light since the early nineties of the last century. With their classical schooling, fed by roots in the musical tradition of Latin America, the musicians of Música Temprana are very well placed to fill this gap. 

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Started in 2001 by the Argentine-Dutch musician Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel, Música Temprana aims to highlight the Latin-American Baroque music repertoire. Most of Música Temprana’s repertoire comes from the archives, cathedrals and Jesuit missions of Latin America, into whose depths its director constantly delves for elusive, forgotten compositions. Woven throughout the fabric of Música Temprana’s music and instruments is the rich cultural diversity of Latin America, with the threads of many Creole, Indian, African and European influences (see also: Programmes).

Being prepared for next season (2010-2011) is Cantadas y Sonatas, a programme highlighting the strong Italian influence in post-1713 Latin American Baroque music. Alongside this repertoire – the basis of Música Temprana’s work – the ensemble increasingly embraces Spanish and Italian Renaissance and Baroque music. At the Utrecht Festival Oude Muziek in 2008, for example, Música Temprana presented a staged perfomance of ensaladas written by Mateo Flecha a.o. and for 2011-2012 a madrigal comedy based on Banchieri’s Il Festino is in the works.

Música Temprana has played at such prestigious festivals as the Festival Oude Muziek (Utrecht), Aqua Musica Amsterdam, Musica Sacra Maastricht, Laus Polyphoniae in Antwerp, the International Renaissance and Baroque Music Festival of Chiquitos in Bolivia and festivals in Finland, France and Sweden. The ensemble has given various concerts in Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Amsterdam) and plays in its own concert series.

Adrian Rodriguez Van der Spoel

'To perform Latin-American Baroque music requires another practice than that of playing European Baroque. It would otherwise be too forced, too academic. Our repertoire needs a profound knowledge of the rich folk music tradition of Latin America, and a clear insight into the character, temperament, thinking and uniqueness of the continent in general. I play this music just as I play traditional music, with the same natural flow. It is this that I love to share with my audience.

Adrián Rodríguez Van der Spoel (1963) grew up in Rosario, the second largest city of Argentina. Already at a young age he develops a preference for folk and early music. After completing a music education in Rosario, he follows a course in choir conducting in Buenos Aires. As a member of the wellknown early music ensemble Pro Música, he learns to play various instruments. In 1989 he leaves for The Netherlands, where he continues his music studies at the Sweelinck Conservatorium, Amsterdam: first choir conducting and composition with Daniel Reuss and Daan Manneke, then specializing in Early Music with Jos van Veldhoven and Paul van Nevel.

Adrián devotes much of his time to studying Latin-American Early Music. His continual search for the genesis and sources of this genre takes him to archives of former missionposts in Bolivia and to old Indian communities. Or lead him to scripts made by an 18th century Spanish bishop who noted down the songs from the streets of Trujillo, Peru, for the Spanish home front. In 1996 Adrián starts ensemble Música Temprana, his ambition being to perform this extraordinary but rarely played repertoire in Dutch and foreign concert halls. 
Besides Música Temprana, Adrián is leader of a number of choirs, and is frequently invited as guest conductor by various ensembles and for projects, in The Netherlands as well as abroad, e.g. Japan. Also, he regularly conducts major baroque works such as J.S. Bach's Passions, or operas such as Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero dall' Isola d'Alcina. He is guest conductor of ensemble Promusica de Rosario, Argentina, and at Rosario's Bach Festival. In 2005 he conducted chamber opera Don Quichote performed by I Piccoli Holandesi, and received favourable reviews for his performance of Thomas Tallis's Motet for 40 Voices, Spem in Alium, at the opening night of the Festival Oude Muziek


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Misa Criolla (2014)

Conde, Traditional, Comes, de Herrera, Anonymous, Zespedes, de Araujo, Araujo, Cererols, Valdebenito, Ramirez

Musica Temprana


Listening to the Misa Criolla performed by Musica Temprana (DSD 64 from native DSD) was a new experience for me with the Crimson / Denominator. Most DACs I have listened to with this recording have a slight hardness to the sound, but not the Crimson. The stereo version I listened to was vibrant and a highly rhythmic musical composition. The Crimson reproduced the acoustics of the recording venue in an engaging soundstage that drew me into the music. The resolution of low level detail was exemplary with macro and micro dynamics beautifully reproduced. But what I enjoyed the most was the way the Crimson / Quotient was able to reproduce multiple voices. The DAC seemed to breeze along when the musical passages became more complex and never lost its ability to retain focus while maintaining a relaxed presentation. Read more at https://www.audiostream.com/content/wavelength-audio-crimson-hs-quotient-q1-dac-module-silver-transformers#f54HskKdTVYf5mAC.99

Steven Plaskin[read full review]

    NRC 9 december 2014

Swinging mass "Misa Criolla" is full of secrets!

Merlijn Kerkhof[read full review]

    Nederlands Dagblad 21 nov. 2014 -

De meeste leden van het ensemble komen uit Latijns-Amerika. En dat is goed te horen. Ze hebben geen enkele moeite met de soms lastige, onregelmatige ritmes. Het is bijzonder te horen hoe goed de in 19e en 20e eeuwse werken het barok instrumentarium zich laat combineren met moderne instrumenten. Música Temprana doet dat werkelijk schitterend! De bijzondere manier van zingen maakt deze versie van de Misa Criolla heel authentiek en geregeld ook heel emotioneel. Het is alsof alle frustratie van armoede en nood moet worden uitgeschreeuwd.

Roel Sikkema

    Glarean Magazin, okt 2017

"Conclusion: This recording of Ramirez '"Misa Criolla" and all Latinamerican-Christian songs i is an authentic, convincing and faithful recording of reality, and impressive testimony of South America's popular, folkloric culture in touch with the Christian-European tradition. A bridge between the worlds."

Christian Busch[read full review]

    Luister febr 2015 -

5 stars and 10 in Luister! What we have here beats everything we heard earlier. Classically trained voices with roots in the Latin American music, with precision, but above all with passion and conviction be performing both baroque and modern sounds. The sound quality of this recording meets the highest demands.

Frits Ham

    Parool 9 sept. 2014 -

De Misa Criolla is een direct voortvloeisel van barokmuziekpraktijk die nog altijd springlevend is. De zangers zingen alsof hun leven ervan afhangt, en zo hoort het ook.

Saskia Törnqvist

Misa Criolla (2014)

Conde, Traditional, Comes, de Herrera, Anonymous, Zespedes, de Araujo, Araujo, Cererols, Valdebenito, Ramirez

Musica Temprana

Additional Binaural:

For this album we chose to record in Binaural as well. This is a perfect solution for headphone users.
The recordings are made with the dummy head of Neuman, the KU-100. On a headphone this gives a surprisingly realistic image and it gives you the feeling of being at the session.
This idea to develop an extra Binaural catalogue in DSD is initiated and supported by Rivasono in The Netherlands.

Digital Converters: dCS 904 AD / 954DA
Mastering Engineer: Tom Peeters
Mastering Equipment: KEF Reference series 107
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom made
Producer: Tom Peeters
Recording Engineer: Tom Peeters
Recording location: Waalse Kerk Amsterdam Holland
Recording Software: Pyramix
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Tono de la Virgen
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Gozos a Nuestra Seniora de la Antigua
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Hijos de Eva tributarios
de Herrera
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La matutina estrella
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Convidando esta la noche
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Dios es ya nacido
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Veni Sponsa Christi
de Araujo
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Sa qui turo zente pleta
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Kyrie. Pater exaudinos
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Serafin que con dulce armonia
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Tres Bailecitos
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Misa Criolla - Kyrie
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Misa Criolla - Gloria
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Misa Criolla - Credo
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Misa Criolla - Sanctus
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Misa Criolla - Agnus Dei
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