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Roberto Sierra (b.1953): Sinfonía No. 3 'La Salsa'; Borikén; El Baile; Beyond the Silence of Sorrow / Martha Guth, soprano; Puerto Rico SO, Valdés

Album Summary

>Sierra, Roberto : Sinfonía no 3 ("La Salsa")
>Sierra, Roberto : Borikén, for orchestra
>Sierra, Roberto : El Baile, for orchestra
>Sierra, Roberto : Beyond the Silence of Sorrow, for soprano & orchestra
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The sonic color and distinctive rhythms enshrined in these four works provide further evidence of the art of internationally acclaimed Puerto Rican composer, Roberto Sierra. The award-winning Sinfonia No. 3 "La Salsa" owes its inspiration to the music of the Spanish Caribbean and is a salsa of older and newer rhythms, intoxicatingly presented amidst revelry and dance. The instrumentally vivid Boriken is based on the baroqu echaconne but with a Latin twist, while El Baile invokes traditional music in a wholly distinctive way. Beyond the Silence of Sorrow is a captivatingly lyrical song cycle.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Roberto Sierra's Sinfonia 3 (2005) is subtitled La Salsa and is a four-movement fantasy on Afro-Cuban dances, alternately joyful and dreamy. Draped in the classical Western tradition, the four standard movements follow the usual tempo plan, the first movement an exuberant sonata form, a brilliant toe-tapper. Ravel and Desi Arnaz hover in the background; both probably would have enjoyed it. Some of it would make a grand addition to the Spanish ballet repertoire. Sierra's skillful orchestration is excellent; the Puerto Ricans are outstanding. Boriken (2005) is a chaconne with its descending four-note ground treated as a flexible motive not confined to a slow-moving bass. The piece is constantly moving and filled with contrast and color. The title refers to Puerto Rico's original name. Bach moves to the Caribbean in El Baile (2012), an intense fantasy on his famous motive. The 10-minute workout is virtuosic and exciting. Beyond the Silence of Sorrow (2002) is a song cycle on poems by American Indian Pulitzer Prize winner N Scott Momaday. This is likely effective and Ms Guth's theremin soprano made this a chore. This is an impressive release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, San Juan, Puerto Rico (09/10/2014-09/13/2014).



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>Sierra, Roberto : Sinfonía no 3 ("La Salsa")
  • Conductor: Maximiano Valdes
  • Ensemble: Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, San Juan, Puerto Rico (09/10/2014-09/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Sierra, Roberto : Borikén, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Maximiano Valdes
  • Notes: Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, San Juan, Puerto Rico (09/10/2014-09/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005

>Sierra, Roberto : El Baile, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Maximiano Valdes
  • Notes: Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, San Juan, Puerto Rico (09/10/2014-09/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 2012

>Sierra, Roberto : Beyond the Silence of Sorrow, for soprano & orchestra
  • Performer: Martha Guth
  • Conductor: Maximiano Valdes
  • Notes: Sala Sinfónica Pablo Casals, San Juan, Puerto Rico (09/10/2014-09/13/2014)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2002