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Two Puerto Rican Cantatas by Ernesto Cordero (b.1946): Estampas Criollas; la Garita del Diablo / Welmo Romero, rapper; Carlos Rodriguez, guitar; Iliana Garcia, narrator

Album Summary

>Cordero, Ernesto : Estampas Criollas, cantata for narrator, rapper, guitar, chorus & orchestra
>Cordero, Ernesto : La Garita del Diablo, cantata for narrator, rapper, guitar, chorus & orchestra
Performers Conductors Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composer and guitarist Ernesto Cordero (born in 1946 in New York and raised in Puerto Rico) has composed a large rich catalogue distinguished by its Caribbean flavor. To date, there are more than fifty recordings of Cordero’s works. Although now generally known only as a composer, the New York Times highly acclaimed his January 1978 Carnegie Hall debut as a guitarist and as a composer: “His technique is impeccable The colorist variety of his playing is also extensive a beguiling sensuous wash of sound”. Of Cordero’s compositions, the New York Times review said, “...like Mr. Cordero’s performances they projected a healthy combination of skill, sensitive invention and sound musical effect”. Artek’s Two Puerto Rican Cantatas features a number of talented, prominent as well as up-and-coming Puerto Rican musicians, including rapper Welmo Romero, guitarist Carlos Rodríguez Quirós, tenor Joel Prieto and bass Ricardo L Lugo. Commissioned by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture as part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary, Estampas criollas (2005) received its successful premiere at that time.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
The tenor and bass are first-class, as are the guitarist and an unnamed violinist. The narrator and rapper add ethnic pizzazz to the proceedings, and everyone is caught in handsome sound by the engineers. So while the folks at Artek may have flunked "Booklet 101", they did a nice job with everything else.



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Works Details

>Cordero, Ernesto : Estampas Criollas, cantata for narrator, rapper, guitar, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Ricardo Lugo; Joel Prieto; Carlos Rodriguez (Guitar); Welmo Romero
  • Conductor: Maximiano Valdes
  • Ensemble: Orfeón San Juan Bautista
  • Running Time: 29 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Cordero, Ernesto : La Garita del Diablo, cantata for narrator, rapper, guitar, chorus & orchestra
  • Performers: Ricardo Lugo; Joel Prieto; Carlos Rodriguez (Guitar); Welmo Romero
  • Conductor: Maximiano Valdes
  • Ensemble: Orfeón San Juan Bautista
  • Running Time: 10 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2013