1. Archivo de Guatemala - Music from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive / Savino, El Mundo

Archivo de Guatemala - Music from the Guatemala City Cathedral Archive / Savino, El Mundo

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Spanish colonies in Central and South America emerged as wellsprings of cultural activity throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The meeting of indigenous populations with Latin American cathedrals and courtly life resulted in styles bearing the imprint of folk music, even in sacred compositions. The sophisticated musical culture of Guatemala City Cathedral is represented in an archive of hundreds of works, several of which are recorded here. The guitars, harp, voices and percussion of acclaimed ensemble El Mundo bring to life the vibrant and at times hypnotic dance rhythms of Spain, Africa and the New World, creating a sound unique to this region, and one that still flourishes to this day.


An enchanting album of Baroque music from the Spanish colonies

These humble musicians created songs and dances unique to their region of the Americas. Some of the music is naïve and earnest, some surprisingly sophisticated, all of it is pure delight. © 2021 Rafael's Music


Perfect balance of sacred and profane

This thoughtful collection of compositions from the Cathedral of Guatemala City archives reimagines a wealth of music made in colonial Latin America

The sequence is thoughtfully conceived and presented with a lightness of touch that makes it constantly engaging. Dance rhythms lift even the most serious sacred settings, and El Mundo’s quartet of singers, accompanied by three strings, percussion and a mostly strummed continuo group, balance the sacred and the profane perfectly. © 2021 The Guardian

Product Description:

  • Release Date: April 23, 2021

  • Catalog Number: 8574295

  • UPC: 747313429578

  • Label: Naxos

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Composer: Gaspar Sanz, Rafael Antonio Castellanos

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: El Mundo

  • Performer: Cheryl Ann Fulton, Jennifer Ellis Kampani, Nell Snaidas, Richard Savino, Ryland Angel