A Criolla Celebration


Criolla3A Concert of Baroque Festive Music for Guadalupe from La Plata, Bolivia, c. 1717

This CD joins the live recordings of the two outstanding concerts at the Abu Gosh Festival in October 2004. A Criolla Celebration evokes the resplendent mood of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in the city of La Plata (also known as Chuquisaca, present-day Sucre, Bolivia), the main festive event in the rich colonial city since its inception in 1601. 

The program, assembled especially for Abu Gosh Festival by musicologist Bernardo Illari, brings together music for different church services with popular songs and dances that found a place in the Guadalupe festivities. Most of them, by first-line Baroque composers such as the Spaniards Tomás de Torrejón (1644-1728) and Juan de Araujo (1649?-1712), or the native-born Roque Jacinto de Chavarría (1688-1719), were performed in La Plata. They are complemented with pre-1800 traditional pieces of different provenances, so as to recapture the festival's characteristically colorful atmosphere and multicultural spirit.


Criolla RehovotMyrna Herzog - conductor and musical director

Tehila Goldstein - soprano
Nadia Lipchach
- sopranos
Adi Even-Or - mezzo-soprano
Dan Dunkelblum - tenor

The Shachar Choir
, Rehovot
Gila Brill - choir-master

 Gal Shachar, Baroque violin;  Lara Morris, recorders;  Rony Iwryn & Michel Feldman, percussion;  Alexander Fine, shawm
Barbara Schmutzler,  Leonid Kremer,  Richard Paley – alto, tenor and bass dulcians;  David Shemer , harpsichord;  Marina Minkin, organ
Myrna Herzog, bass viol;  Eitan Hoffer,lute and baroque guitar;  Amit Tiefenbrunn, violone


Criolla3"I would like to hear again all the pieces performed". Hagai Hitron, HaAretz, Israel

"A rare opportunity to enjoy almost unknown Bolivian Baroque music of the La Plata festivities was offered by the PHOENIX Ensemble of Early Music Instruments, directed by Myrna Herzog in her dual capacity as a gambist and conductor… The instrumentalists, the Shahar Choir directed by Gilla Brill, sopranos Tehila Goldstein and Nadia Lipchek, mezzo-soprano Ady Even-Or, and tenor Dan Dunkelblum, with their enchanting and meticulously trained voices, pure intonation, and clear enunciation, captured this joie de vivre to perfection and conveyed it to an audience that couldn't help smiling throughout the performance." Ury Eppstein, The Jerusalem Post, Israel.


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