Artist: Vicente Bianchi w/ Coro Chile Canta feat. Jaime Soval
LP: Misa a la Chilena y Otros 6 Temas Chilenos
Song: "Agnus Dei"
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Here's a lovely South American something for a sunny Friday morning in Seattle. Born in Santiago, Chile in January of 1920, Vicente Bianchi began studying piano when he was just six years old. He went on to study music and lead orchestras in Argentina and Peru before returning to Chile in 1955, at which time he began composing a series of songs called "Music for the History of Chile" with popular Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. You can read about Vicente Bianchi's life and his musical career that spans eight decades (so far) here and here, and find more info and photos on Bianchi's official website here. Links to Spanish-language versions of these sites can be found here, and the Spanish-language liner notes from the "Misa a la Chilena" LP, which was evidently released in either 1965 or 1968, are included below.
[ Vicente Bianchi, 1938 ]
[ Vicente Bianchi, 2010 ]