Alejandro Núñez Allauca “Missa Andina”
7 December 2018, 8:30 p.m.
Archcathedral of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist in Lublin
Justyna Stępień | soprano
Dorota Lachowicz | mezzosoprano
Rafał Grozdew | tenor
Dominik Opaliński | bass-baritone
Piotr Grinholc | organ
Władysław Skoraczewski Artos Children’s Choir
Jerzy Semkow Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra
Marek Wroniszewski | conductor
Alejandro Núñez Allauca Missa Andina
The music of Latin America is fascinating in its incredible colourfulness – it combines the ancient folklore traditions of indigenous peoples with what the numerous newcomers have brought. The latter included Iberian colonisers, slaves from Africa and immigrants from all over the world. This cultural melting pot sparkles kaleidoscopically with many rhythms, scales and harmonies. It is also very diverse geographically – just as diverse as the landscapes of the beautiful continent with a difficult history. Peruvian composer, accordionist and conductor Alejandro Núñez Allauca (born in 1943) has given concerts in many countries and eventually settled down in Italy, where his music (created in many diverse styles and genres) gained particular popularity, but he never forgot about his Peruvian roots, often styling the characteristic motifs of his homeland’s music.
He expressed them very interestingly in one of his most famous and magnificent compositions, the Missa Andina (Andean Mass), composed in 1997 as a tribute to John Paul II. The impressive work quickly gained significant popularity, admired in the cathedral in Lima and later in many temples in Italy and on many stages around the world. It is a piece different from the very popular Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez, which refers to the South American style, Spanish words and uses folk and popular instruments. Núñez’ composition is a more “canonical” approach to a full Latin mass, musically referring to the great and ancient traditions of the form, but also with interesting, sublime stylisations of music from the picturesque Andes.
After an enthusiastically received polish premiere of the work by the Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra in March 2018 in Warsaw, we invite you to join us for another performance, this time in Lublin. The performance will feature excellent soloists: Justyna Stępień, Dorota Lachowicz, Rafał Grozdew and Dominik Opaliński, with Piotr Grinholc on the organ, and the Władysław Skoraczewski Artos Choir in impressive parts. The concert will be led by Marek Wroniszewski, a talented conductor of the young generation, recognised by the jury as the best Polish participant of the 10th International Grzegorz Fitelbelrg Competition in Katowice.