Christmas Oratorio According to St. Luke (Oratorio de Navidad según San Lucas)

Music piece by:
Gospel According to St. Luke (lyrics), Ángel Parra (music)
Testimony by:
Luis Cifuentes Seves
Experience in:
Campamento de Prisioneros Chacabuco, January - February 1974

This is the first song on the cassette recorded at the Chacabuco camp by the band Los de Chacabuco, created by Ángel Parra and conducted by him until his release.

At the time that the cassette was recorded, Ángel had been freed and Ernesto Parra had become the group’s conductor.

The group rehearsed this song, like all the other songs, on its premises in the so-called Civic District, a street near the camp entrance. On this street other groups of prisoners, organised with the military's permission, also had their meeting places: the doctors, the lawyers, the theatre group, the choir and other groups.

All ten members of the group took part, and are named at the beginning of the recording.

The recording has some sound problems due to the old age of the cassette, which was digitised in 2015.


Published on: 12 November 2015

Clandestine recording made by political prisoners in Chacabuco, 1974.