The Mission Road


Chanticleer and music director Joseph Jennings presents "The Mission Road" - a program of authentic and rich vocal repertory from the Mexican Baroque and other musical treasures of New Spain many originally performed in the California Missions, accompanied by five instrumentalists. Recorded at San Francisco's fabled Mission Dolores, the CD includes Juan Bautista Sancho's Misa en sol, (Mass in G) sung in Latin; selected works by renowned Mexican Baroque master Manuel de Sumaya, only recently discovered in the Mexican City Cathedral Archive; in addition to various vocal compositions (introit, processional, alleluia, and recessional) by anonymous Spanish/Mexican composers of the late 18th century, all sung in Spanish. While all of the original instrumental parts have been lost, acknowledged Mexican Baroque musical authority Professor Craig Russell has carefully restored these parts after two years of extensive research, allowing for these musical works to be heard as originally intended for the first time in 200 years.

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