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Indigenous and old-world culture collided in the churches of Catholic Mexico, spawning a musical œuvre of irresistibly appealing ‘hybrid vigour’. Juan Gutierrez Padilla’s 17th-century stile antico polyphony, honed in Cádiz, graced Puebla de los Ángeles for 40 years. Here, the premiere recording of his gracefully inventive Missa Joseph fili David is interleaved with motets and terpsichorean vernacular villancicos, perfectly expressing the excitement and promise of Christmas Eve. Eleven voices of clarity and colour glitter and glow, with solo consorts particularly impressive, supported by harp, guitar, organ, percussion, dulcian, sackbut and bass viol, serving a sonic festive feast.

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