Romaria: choral music from Brazil

‘Romaria’, a word suggesting pilgrimage, crowds, and processions, evokes much of what is special and distinctive about modern Brazil – its mix of people, its extraordinary vibrancy, its faith. This survey of modern Brazilian choral music reflects all of these qualities, as well as the natural wonders of this amazing land. Geoffrey Webber and his ever-adventurous choir sing both sacred and secular works dating from the 1950s through to the present, in a programme developed in conjunction with experts from the University of São Paulo’s music department. This collaboration also led to the reconstruction of the rainforest soundtrack that originally accompanied Henrique de Curitiba’s inventive and unusual piece Metaphors.