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Paraguay

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 March 2013

Throughout March, and as part of Baroque Spring, Lucy Duran explores Latin American Baroque in Paraguay and Bolivia. This week she's in Asuncion Paraguay where she meets the country's most celebrated harpist Nicolas Caballero. Plus she goes in search of the small and elusive Afro-Paraguayan community. Producer James Parkin

World Routes gets to the heart of Latin American Baroque in two of the continent's most musical nations. The programme makes exclusive recordings of music and musicians that date from the Baroque period, as well as other traditions that date from before or after the 16th and 17th Centuries.

In Paraguay, the focus is the harp which has become the national instrument. Duran hears it in its modern form, visits a harp school where children get off the streets and learn music, and also records one of the only true replicas of a Baroque harp on the whole continent. She savours the unique atmosphere of Misiones where she stands amongst the ruins listening to young students recreating the choral sounds of the banished Jesuits. Plus there's country music recorded on a working ranch and a session with one of the world's greatest female guitarists, Berta Rojas.

In Bolivia, Duran travels to La Paz to record the traditional panpipes of Lake Titicaca at around 4000m above sea level. Further down the mountain, there's the Andean sounds of Bolivia's most celebrated group: Los Masis. They're based very close to the spot in Sucre where Simon Boliva declared independence for the continent. And at sea level there's music from Amazonian Indians, and Baroque music written by indigenous composers in the 17th Century, but performed these days by a youth orchestra in the exquisitely renovated churches of San Jose de Chiquitos.

Music Played

8 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Kike Pedersen

    Kike Pedersen Maitai America

    Composer: Kike Pedersen

    Recorded at the Arpa Roga, Asuncion, Paraguay, 7th January 2013

  • Image for Amadeus Lyrica

    Amadeus Lyrica Te Deum

    Composer: Domenico Zipoli

    Recorded near Trinidad, Paraguay, 10th January 2013

  • Image for Nicolas Caballero

    Nicolas Caballero Cascada

    Composer: D. Garcia

    Recorded at the Arpa Roga, Asuncion, Paraguay, 7th January 2013

  • Image for Nicolas Caballero

    Nicolas Caballero Campamento cerro Leon

    Composer: Trad arr. Nicolas Cabellero

    Recorded at the Arpa Roga, Asuncion, Paraguay, 7th January 2013

  • Image for Nicolas Caballero

    Nicolas Caballero Sweet Sweet Smile

    Composer: Otha Young and Juice Newton Arr. Nicolas Cabellero

    Recorded at the Arpa Roga, Asuncion, Paraguay, 7th January 2013

  • Image for Marcos Lucena with Monica Lucena (harps)

    Marcos Lucena with Monica Lucena (harps) No 54

    Composer: Domenico Zipoli

    Recording made in Asuncion, 9th January 2013

  • Image for Marcos Lucena

    Marcos Lucena Guarania Barroca

    BBC Recording made in Asuncion, 9th January 2013

  • Image for Grupo Tradicional Kambakua

    Grupo Tradicional Kambakua Traditional Drumming

    BBC Recording made just outside Asuncion, Paraguay, 8th January 2013

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