Ariel Ramirez was born in Santa Fe, Argentina and roamed the South American hinterland in his early twenties playing piano and studying regional musical traditions. After a brief stint in Buenos Aires, he spent several years in Europe, studying in Madrid and Vienna and teaching music in a German convent. Returning to South America in 1954, he completed his musical training in Buenos Aires, where his politically engaged popular songs rapidly earned him renown as a leader of the nueva cancion movement. His breakthrough onto the international stage came in 1967 with the first performance and recording of the Misa Criolla (Mass in Native Style).

Set in Spanish rather than Latin, it was one of the first major masses composed after the Second Vatican Council mandated the use of the vernacular. It also profited from the period’s burgeoning interest in folk music. As a result, the work quickly captured the imagination of audiences worldwide and has received thousands of performances. The mass’s reception abroad, where its style was perceived as novel and exotic, actually helped stimulate appreciation for native culture among more skeptical audiences back in Argentina. Like all Ramirez’ major works, the Misa Criolla draws substantially on the folk traditions in which he immersed himself as a young man.

        “A dynamic spiritual performance of the catholic mass based on the rhythms and traditions of hispanic America sung by ‘Los Fronterizos’, Chorus and Orchestra And ‘Navidad Nuestra’, a folk drama of the Nativity”

“This album is a part of the Philips Connoisseur Collection, a presentation of fine recorded music, accompanied by an informative text richly illustrated and documented, and featuring a complete line for line transtion of the original spanish.”





Agnus Dei

Ariel Ramírez

Recorded at the Cathedral de San Isidro

Jorge Jesús Gallo

When my husband and I were a young couple we listened to this many, many times.  I am so grateful to find it available here.  SeekingSpirit

This was also included in the original album: