The English ensemble Florilegium has been exploring Bolivian baroque music for a number of years.
Their latest Channel Classics recording, volume 3, focuses on repertoire found in Bolivia’s historic missions as well as the city of La Plata (the colonial name for Sucre, the capital of Bolivia).
Florilegium is joined by the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir in a wonderful tour of music that is beautifully performed. The ensemble’s keyboardist, James Johnstone, performs fine organ solos on a newly restored 18th-century instrument.
For volume 2, Florilegium began its collaboration with the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir in a varied program featuring Spanish, German, and Italian composers whose music is found in Bolivian archives. Florilegium’s performance is energetic while the choir produces a rich and lovely sound.
The first volume featured music from the missions of the Chiquitos and Moxos Indians. Four Bolivian vocal soloists were featured in small-scale church pieces. As Florilegium’s initial exploration, it was an auspicious one filled with wonderful performances.
LEARN MORE: Listen to a Harmonia episode featuring ensemble Florlegium and music of the Bolivian Baroque.