Bolivian Baroque vol. 3 (2009)

de Chavarria, Zipoli, Velasco, Anonymous, de Araujo, Casseda, Duron


Welcome to our third volume of Bolivian Baroque music which was, unusually, recorded in three different venues, in two different countries almost 6250 miles apart. This time the majority of the CD was recorded in Holland (in both the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam and the Doopsgezinde Kerk in Deventer) during Arakaendar Bolivia Choir’s first tour of Europe with Florilegium in 2008. In addition we have included a number of solo organ pieces from the Bolivian archives which James Johnstone recorded on the restored anonymous 18th century Blockwerk organ in the Mission Church of Santa Ana de Velasco. This is the first European recording on this remarkable instrument, its raw sound recorded here for posterity.The music on this volume differs considerably from the other two Channel Classics recordings (CCS 22105 & CCS 24806) as it mainly showcases Arakaendar Bolivia, the choir I set up in 2005. They continue to thrive and have shown tremendous commitment and determination in preparing this challenging and varied programme. We were delighted to be nominated by BBC Music Magazine for the best choir recording of 2008 for our last CD recording, as well as receiving our 5th Editor’s Choice from Gramophone magazine. I hope this new volume is received as warmly.As with our first two volumes we have an additional piece which has little to do with the archives in Bolivia. Instead this charming arrangement by Luis Craff of a popular Bolivian folk song Naranjitay (“little orange”) is offered as an encore with one of the tenors from the choir, Daniel Aguilar, accompanying the choir on his charango.

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Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.

Concert venues include Sydney Opera House, Esplanade (Singapore), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall and Royal Festival Hall (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),Konzerthaus (Vienna), Beethoven-Haus (Bonn), Handel-Haus (Halle) and Frick Collection (New York). The numerous residencies Florilegium have held over the years include being the first period instrument Ensemble-in-Residence at London’s Wigmore Hall. This Residency was for three seasons and involved the group performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall’s education work. Since September 2008 they have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music in London, where they are responsible for coaching 18th century baroque chamber music. Their over twenty recordings for Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor’s Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d’Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium’s cd of Telemann’s Paris Quartets Vol 2 received the Classical Internet Award from The Bach Cantatas disc with Johannette Zomer was awarded a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume of Baroque Music from Bolivian Missions was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine award, and bbc Music Magazine selected volume 3 as Disc of the Month for April 2010. A disc of music by Pergolesi was released in May 2010 and was bbc Music Magazine’s cd choice in the vocal category in July 2010. Future recordings include Florilegium’s arrangements of Bach’s Organ Trio Sonatas, and a recording of Couperin’s Les Nations.

Arakaendar Bolivia Choir

Arakaendar Bolivia Choir was founded in December 2005 by Ashley Solomon in order for them to work with Florilegium on their Bolivian Baroque projects. Ashley auditioned over 50 singers, who came from different cities and backgrounds from all over Bolivia, and selected a mixed choir of 16 voices. He then commuted each month from London to Bolivia (thanks to the generous support of the Prince Claus Fund and Association Pro Art y Culture (apac) in Bolivia) to work with the choir. This new national chamber choir was launched at the 6th International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music in Bolivia in April 2006. As well as giving four concerts in Bolivia they recorded a cd with Florilegium on the Channel Classics label in the mission church of Concepcion, and made a documentary for the American cbs ‘60 Minutes’ programme which was aired nationwide across the usa on Easter Sunday 2007. That cd (Bolivian Baroque vol.2 – Music from the Missions and La Plata) was nominated for a 2008 bbc Music Magazine Award in the ‘Best Choral Recording of 2007’ category.

The choir enjoyed three Bolivian national tours during 2007, each one directed by Ashley Solomon. In February 2008 they undertook their first European tour, which included a series of concerts in major concert halls in The Netherlands, including Rotterdam, Enschede, Groningen and Utrecht. As part of the tour, this third volume of Bolivian Baroque music was recorded in the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam. In January 2008 a Dutch television crew travelled to Bolivia to film the choir’s final rehearsals with Ashley before their European tour, and this documentary was shown on Dutch tv, as was the cbs ’60 Minutes’ programme, which was broadcast five times each day during the tour. In the uk, they performed a concert at the Royal College of Music, London, and broadcast live on bbc Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’. In Bolivia in May 2008 the choir collaborated once again with Florilegium in the International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music in Conception and Santa Cruz. Both concerts were shown live on television, and in addition, at the invitation of he The British Ambassador to Bolivia, they performed in a music festival in La Paz. Arakaendar is a word in one of the indigenous languages of Bolivia, Guarayo – and means ancient or old.

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Bolivian Baroque vol. 3 (2009)

de Chavarria, Zipoli, Velasco, Anonymous, de Araujo, Casseda, Duron



De afwisseling van koorwerken, orgelstukken en orkestmuziek zorgt voor een mooie luisterervaring, in alle segmenten wordt grote kwaliteit geleverd. Met als grootste gemene delers gedrevenheid en energie.

    BBC Music Magazine

Its pounding rhythms, oscillating between 3/8 and ¾ time, with gasping first-beat rests, have haunted me for days. (…) (…) The sound of the choir is captivating - wholly unmannered, fresh-toned and inexhaustibly animated – and it’s become tauter still since their since their debut. Their commitment, enjoyment and communication is palpable. (…) The music itself is totally absorbing from beginning to end.

    Tijdschrift Oude Muziek

het 16koppige jongerenkoor zingt uitstekend en vertoont duidelijk de sporen van een ‘Engelse’ vocale opvoeding, slanke stemmen met een klein vibrato.

    Early Music America

) Thanks again to Father Piotr Nawrot’s exhaustive research in the archives of the Bolivian mussions, Solomon and company present a beautiful programme. (…) (…) the liturgical work of Velasco is a nice find that showcases some delicate writing for the small vocal group and a richly sonorous massed choir sound for the full ensemble. Zipoli’s organ music is played by James Johnstone on the sole surviving 18th century organ in the Chiquitana. The organ has an marvellously grainy and pungent sound. (…) the choir’s bright youthful sound is very pleasing, Florilegium‘s performances are terrific and do much to make this series a fine addition to the genre.

    The Absolute Sound

Florilegium and a superb South American vocal group (…) (…) the lively, angular, almost jazzy syncopations and cross-rhythms are rendered to perfection by the 16 singers, both as soloists and as a chorus (...)

    Music Choice

The Bolivian choir’s fresh-toned sound is captivating. Their commitment, enjoyment and communication is palpable.


Dies ist gerade zu ein Geniestreich, denn das ist allerfeinste Kompositionsvorlage gepaart mit spritziger und Launiger Ausführung.

    Musik und klang -

ein einheimischem Chor der mit seinem Enthusiasmus für eine wunderbare Unmittelbarkeit sorgt (...) 5*


Back to Bolivia for a collection that’s more entertaining than ever. Florilegium plays some chamber instrumental works with customary finesse. (…) (…) The Bolivian singers demonstrate a warm choral sonority and soft solo singing (…) (…) Highlights are Johnstone’s virtuoso performance of several colourful organ pieces by Domenico Zippoli: the texture and detail of the Canzona in G minor is enthralling (…) (…) There isn’t a dull moment during the disc’s hour-long duration, and plenty of musical subtleties and novelties to intrigue the ear.

Bolivian Baroque vol. 3 (2009)

de Chavarria, Zipoli, Velasco, Anonymous, de Araujo, Casseda, Duron


Cables: van den Hul
Digital Converters: Meitner A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks, Ashley Solomon
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Waalse Kerk Amsterdam Holland 2009
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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