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American Classics - A Continuum Portrait Vol 8 - Sierra

Album Summary

>Sierra, Roberto : Vestigios rituales, for 2 pianos
>Sierra, Roberto : Conjuros, songs for voice & piano
>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Trio tropical")
>Sierra, Roberto : Cinco Bocetos, for clarinet
>Sierra, Roberto : Glosa a la sombra, for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola & piano
>Sierra, Roberto : Descarga, for piano & 10 instruments
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Roberto Sierra, born in Puerto Rico in 1953, has one of the most attractive compositional voices among contemporary academic composers in the U.S. His works are notable for their rhythmic vitality and for the strong lyrical impulse that underlies their thoroughly modern harmonic language... Cinco bocetos, for clarinet, is fully successful in that most treacherous genre, the extended solo for a single-line instrument. Its movements each have a strongly defined character and a compelling and engaging musical logic. Descarga, for large ensemble, is an evocative tone poem with piano in which delicate, gauzy textures evolve into bursts of propulsive energy. Vestigios rituales, for two pianos, performed by Continuum's founders, Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, is a virtuosic tour de force with a viscerally charged rhythmic impact. The collection serves as an excellent introduction to Sierra's early work; Naxos would do well to continue to make his work available, particularly when performed at the high level it is here." -All Music



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Works Details

>Sierra, Roberto : Vestigios rituales, for 2 pianos
  • Ensemble: Continuum (New York)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1984.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Sierra, Roberto : Conjuros, songs for voice & piano
  • Ensemble: Continuum (New York)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sierra, Roberto : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 ("Trio tropical")
  • Ensemble: Continuum (New York)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1991

>Sierra, Roberto : Cinco Bocetos, for clarinet
  • Ensemble: Continuum (New York)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Sierra, Roberto : Glosa a la sombra, for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, viola & piano
  • Ensemble: Continuum (New York)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1987.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Sierra, Roberto : Descarga, for piano & 10 instruments
  • Ensemble: Continuum (New York)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1987.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1987