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El Canto Quiere Ser Luz: Cuban Choral Music / National Choir of Cuba

Album Summary

>Valera, Roberto : Babalu en La Habana Vieja, for chorus
>Valera, Roberto : Conoces un fuego que no da calor, for chorus
>Fernandez, Frank : Vertigo de lluvia, for chorus
>Fernandez, Frank : Las casas, for chorus
>Hernandez, Oscar : La rosa roja, for chorus
>Carrillo, Cesar Alejandro : Missa Sine Nomine
>Silva, Electo : Para ti, for chorus
>Matamoros, Miguel : Juramento, song
>Cal, Wilma Alba : Canciones (5), for chorus
>Clausen, Rene : Prayer, for chorus
>Rodriguez, Silvio : Hay quien presisa
>Rodriguez, Silvio : Locuras, for chorus
>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Son Mercedes
>Repilado, Francisco : Buena vista (Chan Chan)
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Notes & Reviews:

The CD offers an extremely colorful depiction of the classical Cuban choral song. The fourteen composers heard on this recording, most of them Cubans, draw on the traditional musical roots of their native region and also clearly reflect European influences. Digna Guerra, today the "grande dame" of Latin American choral music, was trained as a choral conductor in Berlin. Under her leadership the Cuban National Chorus founded in 1960 has become a sought-after ensemble with a command of many genres. This choir is an absolute discovery!

Gramophone Magazine
Music from Cuba generally has a more prominent presence on disc than that of the majority of her Latin American neighbours... Both - and much lying in between - are represented in this nicely sung disc of unaccompanied pieces... The Cuban National Choir and their presumed spin-off sing with commitment and affection for the music and seem a well-balanced group... Nicely balanced sound, too.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/04/2011).



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Works Details

>Valera, Roberto : Babalú en La Habana Vieja, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Valera, Roberto : Conoces un fuego que no da calor, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Frank Fernández : Vértigo de lluvia, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.

>Frank Fernández : Las casas, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.

>Hernandez, Oscar : La rosa roja, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>César Alejandro Carrillo (1957 - ) : Missa Sine Nomine :: Gloria
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>César Alejandro Carrillo (1957 - ) : Missa Sine Nomine :: Kyrie
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Silva, Electo : Para ti, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Matamoros, Miguel : Juramento, song
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Cal, Wilma Alba : Canciones (5), for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Clausen, Rene : Prayer, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Silvio Rodríguez (1946 - ) : Hay quien presisa
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Silvio Rodríguez (1946 - ) : Locuras, for chorus
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brouwer, Leo [Composer] : Son Mercedes
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Repilado, Francisco : Buena vista (Chan Chan)
  • Conductor: Digna Guerra
  • Ensemble: National Choir of Cuba
  • Notes: Havana, Cuba (02/28/2011-03/11/2011)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern