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Roberto Sierra (b.1953): Sinfonía No. 4; Fandangos; Carnaval / Nashville SO

Audio Samples

>Sierra, Roberto : Fandangos
>Sierra, Roberto : Sinfonia no 4
>Sierra, Roberto : Carnaval, for orchestra

Album Summary

>Sierra, Roberto : Fandangos
>Sierra, Roberto : Sinfonia no 4
>Sierra, Roberto : Carnaval, for orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Over the last decade the music of the Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra has become internationally admired, and this has led to prestigious commissions and performances around the world. Fandangos was heard at the BBC Proms in London and employs a harpsichord work attributed to Antonio Soler as a departure for a richly inventive orchestral fantasy. The dramatic Sinfonía No. 4 was described by ArtsNowNashville as 'a textbook example of how this composer breathes new life into old forms. The piece is basically a classic Germanic symphony imbued with Spanish sensibilities and reinvigorated with new harmonies and rhythms.' Robert Schumann is subtly evoked in Carnaval, five character pieces that explore mythical creatures, both menacing and serene.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Three Spanish-inflected works by Roberto Sierra. Fandangos (2000) is a truly ingenious exercise on tonic and dominant harmonies in fandango rhythm, 11 minutes long and without a dull moment. A brilliant concert opener, it can be considered a marvelous comment on or even substitute for Ravel's Bolero. It is played with dazzling virtuosity by this terrific orchestra, and is well worth the price of admission. Courageously following it is Sierra's Fourth Symphony (2008-09), a four-movement dreamscape beginning with a throbbing Brahmsian. Carnaval (2007) is a five-movement suite examining mythical creatures like Gargoyles, Unicorns, and Dragons. Schumann is a distant inspiration. This is an enjoyable release and should please listeners seeking professionally made and recorded recent music with a minimum of challenges.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashvi (2012).



Reviews

Classical Latino
Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra writes in an original post-romantic style that reminds me of Villa-Lobos and Chavez -- but only a little. "Fandangos" which opens the album may be inspired by the music of Spain, but it's no pastiche. Sierra incorporates characteristic melodic turns into his music, giving it spice. The feel of the dance is there, making this a rousing curtain-raiser.

The Sinfonia No. 4 also has some Spanish elements in it. the third movement "Tiempo de Bolero" for example, emulates the rhythms of that dance. And the final movement uses gestures from Latino dance orchestra -- the piano playing rhythmic punctuations in octaves, and extensive use of Latin percussion, such as bongos, congas, and claves.

"Carnaval" is a set of five characteristic pieces, each one representing a fantastical monster. Each movement is a brilliant miniature, painting a vivid portrait of its subject through Sierra's skillful orchestrations.
Submitted on 01/20/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Sierra, Roberto : Fandangos
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
  • Ensemble: Nashville Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (04/19/2012-04/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sierra, Roberto : Sinfonía no 4
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
  • Notes: Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (04/19/2012-04/21/2012)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2008-2009
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Sierra, Roberto : Carnaval, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
  • Notes: Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (09/20/2012-09/22/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007
  • Studio/Live: Live