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Mon, 31 Oct 2005

South American Baroque

Moon, sun and all things
Jeffrey Skidmore,
Ex Cathedra
CD, Hyperion

This Album came about after a huge tour of Eastern Bolivia with the Freiburg Baroque ensemble, and Florilegium, an English Baroque ensemble. Jeffrey Skidmore visited twenty churches, attended ten masses and twelve concerts, also meeting leading Latin American musicologists along the way, who were to become a crucial part of the final result.

“Moon, sun and all things is an anthology of Latin American music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries…It was certainly a life changing experience for me” Jeffrey Skidmore

It is worth buying this album just for the awesome opening. I have not heard such passionate early music before this and it deserves all the time in the world. Any preconceptions of music from the region will be expelled. Ex Cathedra has expertise at performing early music that is second to none and the time researching pronunciation has been time very well spent. They perform the music in a way that breathes life into what can become a very mundane period of music.

The harmonies force upon you, in the most pleasing way, images of passion, sacrifice, and excitement. I personally see myself placed on the frontline of an ancient battlefield. I am to defend my very history whatever the cost. Hearing this music makes me feel that I succeeded.

The music you will hear on this album will lift you away into a world of mystery, giving you an image of seductive regions of South America filled with torment, and a haunting feeling of sacrifice and a powerful commitment beyond anything in today’s world. Sweet female voices will rest you peacefully back into your armchair with only the memory of a wonderful, unimaginable journey through time. (E Walton)

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