Sol y Sombra (1999)

Baroque Music of Latin America

Sol y sombra, sun and shade. In this recording of music from Baroque Latin America, Chatham Baroque explores the contrasts between two different musical traditions: the secular and the sacred. To get a complete picture of Latin American music in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, both types of music must be considered. On the one hand was the sol; the bright, joyful, festive dances that were found in the fiestas, theaters, courtly palaces, private homes, and streets. On the other hand was sombra: darker, mystical, liturgical and devotional music that was found in cathedrals, churches, missions, and private chapels. At first these two types of music seem wholly unrelated to each other. Upon closer inspection, however, one finds a connection between the two. Elements of dance and opera are evident in some religious music, and likewise, the somber gravitas of religious music is found in some of the dances.


Chatham Baroque
Julie Andrijeski, baroque violin
Emily Davidson, baroque violin
Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba
Scott Pauley, theorbo, baroque guitar & archlute

With guests
Carol Ann Allred, soprano
Danny Mallon, percussion

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