Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)


Byline: David Steinberg


New album from San Jose Parish Catholic Church choir

Pastorcitos Del Valle, Llegad! Musica para una Navidad Nuevo Mexicana

Coro de San Jose

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This is a new album that presents the choir of Albuquerque's San Jose Parish Catholic Church singing Christmas hymns, lullabies and other songs in traditional New Mexican and Mexican styles.

Sung in Spanish, the pieces have simple, folklike rhythmic and melodic qualities that make them easy to follow and appreciate even if the listener is unfamiliar with the language.

Three of the selections "Vamos todos a Belen," "Viva Jesus, mi amor" and "Estoy contento" come directly out of the New Mexico Hispanic tradition. …

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