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Mikis Theodorakis, Pablo Neruda: Canto General, oratorio / Chor der Erste Bank; Evangelische Chöre; Both; Orquesta de Nuestra Tierra; Griessler

Album Summary

>Theodorakis, Mikis : Canto General, oratorio for soloists, choir & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The poem cycle Canto General by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda about Latin America's struggle against colonialism is a protest against lethargy and feelings of impotence by drawing on the roots, making historical contexts transparent and restoring man's own possibilities of development in awareness. Hence, the Canto General has become a universal work with the message: 'a different world is possible!'. Parts of the poem cycle were arranged into an Oratorio for Two Solo Voices with a Mixed Choir and Orchestra by the Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. This recording by the Choir of Erste Bank, supported by Protestant Choirs from Vienna, Lower Austria and Styria (choir master: Sybille von Both), soloists Julia Schilinski, mezzo soprano, and Sergio Cattaneo, baritone, and the Orquesta de nuestra tierra is conducted by Leopold Griessler.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Canto General is a politicized cantata that chronicles Latin America's struggle against colonial exploitation. The poems were written by Nobel Laureate Pablo Neruda, a communist who became persona non grata to two generations of Chile's right-wing dictators. His words speak of the richness of Central and South American wildlife, the subjugation of the Incas by the conquistadores, brave leaders who led the fight against Spanish colonialism, and the abuses of American capitalism in the region. As with all great men of letters, Neruda pulls no punches.

When Canto is good, it's very good. There are a few ebullient choruses animated by catchy Latin rhythms. 'Vegetaciones' is a handsome ode to the lush vegetation of South America, and I like the music Theodorakis came up with to accompany Neruda as he skewered 'La United Fruit Co'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Casino Baumgarten, Vienna (11/01/2014-11/02/2014).


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>Theodorakis, Mikis : Canto General, oratorio for soloists, choir & orchestra
  • Performers: Sergio Cattaneo; Julia Schilinski
  • Conductor: Leopold Griessler
  • Ensemble: Orquesta de Nuestra Tierra
  • Notes: Casino Baumgarten, Vienna (11/01/2014-11/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1971-1974