Bolivian Baroque vol. 2 (2006)

Balbi, de Araujo, Brentner, Anonymous, Bassani, Locatelli, Don Januaro

Florilegium, Arakaendar Bolivia Choir

The instrumental music repertory kept in the music archives of Chiquitos (Archivo Musical de Chiquitos) consist of two major collections: a) music for an instrumental ensemble; b) keyboard music. Each of these contains approximately 200 works of music (either fragmentary or complete works). It is difficult to maintain that such a large number of works was to be found in each of the Jesuit settlements. It is possible that the musical libraries of the guaran settlements were even larger. Since these documents have disappeared altogether, we can neither confirm nor deny their existence. On the other hand, in the archives of the missionary post in Moxos, where 4000 sheets of music are kept, the instrumental works do not exceed 20 and are generally fragments of sonatas, concertos and dances. No instrumental music has been found, not even fragments. In among the quartets, dances, partitas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas belonging to the music collection of Chiquitos, the latter, numbering approximately 110 compositions, are the best known. In most cases, the copyist left no details regarding the composer. The ones of which the composer is mentioned or recognized by the musicologists that have studied the music collection of Chiquitos, were written by Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Niccol Jommelli, Ignazio Balbi, Pietro Locatelli, Giovanni Battista Sammartini, Nicola Calandro and Domingo Poretti. Ten sonatas that were attributed to Arcangelo Corelli make him the most popular and prolific composer of instrumental music in the ancient Jesuit missionary posts. On the other hand, no instrumental music has ever been found that could prove beyond any doubt that the composer

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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. 2 (2006)

Balbi, de Araujo, Brentner, Anonymous, Bassani, Locatelli, Don Januaro

Florilegium, Arakaendar Bolivia Choir

    BBC Music Magazine

Pliant tenor Henry Villea anchors the vocal ensembles and relishes a decidedly chirpy setting of Quis me a te sponse separabit. Even more impressive than Vol. 1 this mission statement is a must. Spread the word!!


Florilegium's follow-up is similarly terrific, comprising a wealth of discoveries, all given performances that show just how much the participant believe in the project.

    Choral Journal

Florilegium has presented to the world music that is seldom heard today and might otherwise have been forgotten forever. After volume 1, I have been anxiously awaiting their return. After volume 2, I say, Why can't they come back now?

    The Guardian

Florilegium and their Bolivian soloists perform these pieces with wonderful verve, with imagination and resourcefulness.

    The Times

Florilegium climbed the heights of dancing bliss and left the Wigmore sighing with pleasure.

    Classic Fm

Thumbs up to al. Worth its money for Bassanis sparky Mass setting alone.

    American Record Guide

Lovely performances, every one, of music that has been in the dark too long.


Musik als betrendes Mittel zur Glaubensverkndigung () () eine flexible, homogene Gruppe mit jungendlichen Stimmen. Vielleicht trgt auch das zur authentisch-heiteren Stimmung dieser Einspielung bei?


wirklich erfrischend und unkonventionell. Man merkt: sie singen ihre Musik.


De koorleden leveren hier een verbluffende prestatie () () Spetterende arrangementen van en door Florilegium. Dit is typerend voor de mate waarin het Britse ensemble zich betrokken voelt bij deze Bolivianen en dit repertoire. () () een uitgave om in de armen te sluiten.


Also, dies ist eine sehr schöne Aufnahme eines interessanten Programms.

Bolivian Baroque vol. 2 (2006)

Balbi, de Araujo, Brentner, Anonymous, Bassani, Locatelli, Don Januaro

Florilegium, Arakaendar Bolivia Choir

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