A Mexican Music Revival / Herbers, Tajes, Ebony Band

Album Summary

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemay
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Ocho por radio, for chamber orchestra
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Planos, for small orchestra
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Caminando, for 2 voices & instrumental ensemble
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Este era un rey, suite for chamber orchestra
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Hora de Junio, for narrator & orchestra (edited by Jose Limantour)
>Revueltas, Silvestre : El renacuajo paseador, children's pantomime for instrumental ensemble
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Pieza para Doce Instrumentos, for instrumental ensemble
>Pomar, José : Preludio y Fuga ritmicos, for orchestra
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca, for chamber orchestra
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The sheer verve and power of his music leads one to think of Revueltas as primarily an orchestral composer, but many of his works are written for relatively modest forces (or started out that way, like Sensemayá, given a spirited performance here). Often, it's the ferocity of his sound - and liberal use of percussion - that gives the music a bigger texture than its actual layout might suggest.

Even so relatively modest a piece as the playful octet Ocho x Radio (1933) feels like a small orchestral score. Curiously, the early Pieza paradoce instrumentos (1929; left untitled by Revueltas) seems much smaller in scale despite being longer.

The four movements chart a gentle course in increasing tempi from Lento to Allegro. Here the burlesque and grotesque strains in his musical psyche were yet to be allowed full rein, but were unleashed in El renacuajo paseador ('The Wandering Tadpole', 1933), with its quotations and teasing allusions. The tiny suite describes how a tadpole meets an untimely end after going out for a drink with a mouse, the moral of which did not deter the composer from terminal alcoholism. Caminando (1937) is a real find.

One of the final projects Revueltas worked on was Luis Córdova's 'caustic satire on fascism', Este era un Rey ('Once there was a King', 1940). The Preludio y Fuga ritmicos by his close friend José Pomar completes a splendid disc - derived from concert performances - that deserves every success. Highly recommended.



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Works Details

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemay
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Ocho por radio, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Planos, for small orchestra
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Caminando, for 2 voices & instrumental ensemble
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1937

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Este era un rey, suite for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Hora de Junio, for narrator & orchestra (edited by José Limantour)
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1958

>Revueltas, Silvestre : El renacuajo paseador, children's pantomime for instrumental ensemble
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1933

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Pieza para Doce Instrumentos, for instrumental ensemble
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>José Pomar (1880 - 1961) : Preludio y Fuga rítmicos, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Homenaje a Federico García Lorca, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Werner Herbers
  • Ensemble: Ebony Band
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936