Throughout March, as part of Baroque Spring, Lucy Duran visits South America. This week, she's in Bolivia where she enjoys the famed Baroque music of Chiquitos. Plus, fighting for breath in the world's highest capital city, she meets the celebrated charango player Ernesto Cavour in La Paz. 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.
After an extensive review of music-making in Paraguay, World Routes devotes the last two programmes in March to Bolivia. This week Lucy records the diverse sounds of the lowland areas which have become famous for the Baroque music of the Jesuit missions. Next week she enjoys the traditional panpipes of Lake Titicaca at around 4000m above sea level, and 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 Bolivar declared independence for the continent.