Misa Criolla is the most famous work of the Argentine composer, pianist and music director Ariel Ramírez (4 September 1921 – 18 February 2010). The Misa, a mass for tenor, chorus and orchestra, is based on folk genres such as chacarera, carnavalito and estilo pampeano, with Andean influences and instruments. It is also one of the first masses to be celebrated in a modern language. Ramírez wrote the piece in 1963-1964. Almost 25 years after its birth, millions of CD’s of the piece were sold when the famous Spanish classical tenor José Carreras recorded it (1988).
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Accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker (Vienna Symphony Orchestra), famous Spanish tenor José Carreras sings Paraules d’amor (English: Words of love), a song written by the Spanish singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat and Carreras himself. From “Around the World” concert recorded at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
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The great German lyric tenor Fritz Wunderlich sings Granada, a song written in 1932 by Mexican composer Agustín Lara, in German. It was the fashion during Wunderlich’s career for German theaters to perform operas in the local rather than original language. Symphonie-Orchester Graunke conducted by Hans Carste. Munich, May 31, 1965.
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Clips from Via Crucis, the 2010 album of L’Arpeggiata, European early music ensemble led by Christina Pluhar, the Austrian theorbist and conductor. Guest singers are Nuria Rial, Philippe Jaroussky, Marco Beasley, The King’s Singers and Barbara Furtuna Corsican male voice quartet. Published by Virgin Classics. The album received 5 stars from the Amazon.com customers, and the reviews are highly positive.
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European early music ensemble led by the Austrian theorbist and conductor Christina Pluhar, L’Arpeggiata and Barbara Furtuna perform “Maria”, a creation of the Corsican male vocal ensemble Barbara Furtuna and is based on the melody of La Carpinese, a traditional shepherds’ song from Carpino. The text of the song hints at the sorrows of the mother who is consumed by the sufferings of her son.
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The most famous tenor of his generation, Beniamino Gigli (March 20, 1890 – November 30, 1957) sings “La Paloma” (English: the dove), a popular Spanish song which was composed and written by the Spanish composer from the Basque region Sebastián Iradier (aka Sebastián Yradier – 20 January 1809 – 6 December 1865) after he visited Cuba in 1861.
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Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo sings Bésame Mucho (English: Kiss me a lot), a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez (August 21, 1916 – January 22, 2005). Recorded at the Open air Gala – Bowling Green, Wiesbaden in 2007.
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Accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Crouch End Festival Chorus, the Spanish tenor José Carreras sings Greensleeves, a traditional English folk song and tune, over a ground either of the form called a romanesca or of its slight variant, the passamezzo antico. At the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.
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Famous Spanish tenor José Carreras sings “Kumbaya my lord”, an Angolan spiritual song, first recorded by an out-of-work English professor, Robert Winslow Gordon, in 1927. Carreras and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra perform at the Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. Additional singers: Joan Orleans, Gary Lux, Bernhard Rabitsch, Patricia Graf-Simpson and Sandrine Rohrmoser.
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Peruvian operatic tenor Juan Diego Flórez sings three Mexican songs with guitar: Bésame Mucho, Cielito Lindo and Granada. On the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contest, a matinée was held in the Vienna State Opera on May 17, 2015: “Pop meets Opera”. On stage were opera stars such as Juan Diego Flórez, the ensemble “The Philharmonics” (musicians of the State Opera orchestra/Vienna Philharmonic), last year’s Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and ESC candidates from various participating countries. Barbara Rett moderated.
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