Bolivian Baroque Vol. 2 by Florilegium Musicum Ensemble
The recordings for Bolivian Baroque, Vol. 2, were made in Concepcion Cathedral, which has a dark, aural ambience that suits the music splendidly well, and its magnificent chapel bells are pressed into service for the Missa Encarnación of Giovanni Battista Bassani. Although Bassani never traveled to South America, his music did, and it took Solomon more than a decade to reconstruct this mass in its native version from various parts found throughout Bolivia -- this glorious recording being the result. The remainder of the disc is made up of Bolivian copies of Italian chamber sonatas, villancicos, motets, a hymn setting by Bohemian composer Jan Josef Ignác Bremmer, and a sacred aria known only from a manuscript at the mission of Moxos.