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Roberto Sierra: Piano Trios / Trío Arbós

Album Summary

>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Trio tropical")
>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
>Sierra, Roberto : Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo, for violin, cello & piano
>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 ("Romantico")
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Notes & Reviews:

'The three piano trios in this recording span seventeen years of my creative life' notes composer Roberto Sierra. 'Each reflects a different creative impulse and the ideas that were in my mind at the time I wrote them.' Latin and jazz influences meet Romantic and modern developments in this expressive chamber music. The Trío Arbós has established itself as one of Spain's leading chamber ensembles, appearing frequently in major concert halls and festivals in more than thirty countries.

Allmusic.com
Roberto Sierra's music joins Eastern European modernism, classical forms, and the rhythms of his native Puerto Rico in a fresh synthesis that draws on the rhythmic vitality of the music of the Americas without aping specific traditions. These immensely enjoyable chamber works offer a good place to start with the music of this popular contemporary composer. The Trfo Arb=s, which specializes in Latin American music, gives vigorous, idiomatic performances. Highly recommended.

MusicWeb International
Rather to my surprise, I have enjoyed meeting this composer and his music more than I was expecting. The performances are superb and the recording is of a fine quality and well balanced. This is a disc I shall happily return to.

Gramophone
Some years ago I dismissed a handful of Puerto Rican composers as parodying Leonard Bernstein parodying Puerto Rican composers. On the opposite end of that spectrum comes the Puerto Rican-born, Cornell University-based Roberto Sierra, whose omnivorous appetite devours influences both high and low while his works consistently emerge fully digested.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain (02/05/2009-02/07/2009).



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Works Details

>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Trio tropical")
  • Performer: Trío Arbós (Trio)
  • Notes: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1991

>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 2
  • Performer: Trío Arbós (Trio)
  • Notes: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2002

>Sierra, Roberto : Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo, for violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Miguel Borrego (Violin); Juan Garvayo (Piano)
  • Notes: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 2000

>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 3 ("Romántico")
  • Performer: Trío Arbós (Trio)
  • Notes: Auditorio Nacional, Madrid, Spain (02/05/2009-02/07/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2008