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Latin America Alive / Eduardo Mata

Album Summary

>Estevez, Antonio : Cantat Criolla, "Florentino, el que canto con el diablo (The One Who Sang with the devil)
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 10 for Chorus and Orchestra "Rasga o coracao"
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Redes
>Orbon, Julian : Concerto grosso for string quartet & orchestra
>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemay
>Ginastera, Alberto : Pampeana no 3 for Orchestra, Op 24
>Orbon, Julian : Versiones sinfonicas (3), for orchestra
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 2 for Orchestra
>Estevez, Antonio : Mediodia en el Llano (Noon on the Prairie), for orchestra
>Chávez, Carlos : Symphony no 2 "Sinfonia India"
>Falla, Manuel de : Dance no 1 (from La vida breve)
>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares espanola (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
>Falla, Manuel de : Homenajes, suite for orchestra
>Falla, Manuel de : Danza del molinero (from "El sombrero de tres picos")
>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Uirapuru, symphonic poem & ballet for orchestra (The Enchanted Bird), A. 133
>Chávez, Carlos : Suite de caballos de vapor (Horse Power Suite)
>Ginastera, Alberto : Dances from Estancia, dance suite from the ballet, Op. 8a
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Reviews

Magnificent Legacy
In 1954 Aaron Copland attended a major festival of Latin American music in Caracas. There he met the festival organizers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Carlos Chavez, and heard music from composers like Alberto Ginastera from Argentina, Julían Orbon from Cuba, and Antonio Estéves from Venezuela. Two of the works that impressed Copland the most are included on this valuable new box set from Dorian: Estévez's "ingratiating" Cantata Criolla, and the "natural and spontaneous" Tres Versiones Sinfónicas by Julían Orbon. He was less impressed with the music of Villa-Lobos, which left him "...astonished, but quite confused. It is works like these that make Villa-Lobos the pride and despair of his Latin-American colleagues." Copland characterized Villa's music as "sprawling in form and luxuriant in manner," and the three works that the late Eduardo Mata recorded are definitely in this mode. Mata and the Simón Bolivar Orchestra recorded the great early work Uirapuru in 1993, and this recording has long been a favourite of mine (though I still have a soft spot for the first recording, by Stokowski in 1955.) Mata brings out the Brazilian popular-music rhythms in his recording of the ostensibly neo-classical Bachianas Brasileiras #2, with its famous Little Train. And this version of Choros #10 is really passionate, with superb singing by the Schola Cantorum de Caracas & Orfeon Universitario Simón Bolivar. There are so many other excellent works included here. Chavez's 2nd Symphony, the Sinfónia India, and Silvestre Revueltas's Sensemaya, are both stand-out recordings. I loved Orbon's craggy Concerto Grosso. The set is entitled "Latin America Alive", but I would only complain about the inclusion of two discs of music by the European Manuel de Falla if Eduardo Mata were still around to record new music by the many composers of Latin America that rarely make it on to disc. As it is, these six discs represent a magnificent legacy of a great, great artist who died much too soon.
Submitted on 12/02/09 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Antonio Estévez (1916 - 1988) : Cantat Criolla, "Florentino, el que cantó con el diablo (The One Who Sang with the devil)
  • Performers: Idwer Alvarez (Tenor); William Alvarado (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Chôro no 10 for Chorus and Orchestra "Rasga o coracao"
  • Performers: Idwer Alvarez (Tenor); William Alvarado (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1925

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Redes
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Julián Orbón (1925 - 1991) : Concerto grosso for string quartet & orchestra
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 26 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1958

>Revueltas, Silvestre : Sensemay
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938

>Ginastera, Alberto : Pampeana no 3 for Orchestra, Op 24
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 19 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Julián Orbón (1925 - 1991) : Versiones sinfónicas (3), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 21 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Bachiana brasileira no 2 for Orchestra
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 20 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Antonio Estévez (1916 - 1988) : Mediodía en el Llano (Noon on the Prairie), for orchestra
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1948

>Carlos Chávez (1899 - 1978) : Symphony no 2 "Sinfonía India"
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1935-1936

>Falla, Manuel de : Dance no 1 (from La vida breve)
  • Performers: Cecilia Angell (Mezzo Soprano); Enrique Iglesias (Cantor); Fernando Mora (Voice); Claudio Muskus (Baritone); Martha Senn (Voice); William Alvarado (Baritone); Ignacio Clapes (Soprano); Elizabeth Almenar (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1905-13.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1905-1913

>Falla, Manuel de : El amor brujo
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1916-1917

>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Falla, Manuel de : Homenajes, suite for orchestra
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 16 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1938-1939

>Falla, Manuel de : Danza del molinero (from "El sombrero de tres picos")
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Villa-Lobos, Heitor : Uirapurú, symphonic poem & ballet for orchestra (The Enchanted Bird), A. 133
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 18 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1917

>Carlos Chávez (1899 - 1978) : Suite de caballos de vapor (Horse Power Suite)
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 25 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Ginastera, Alberto : Dances from Estancia, dance suite from the ballet, Op. 8a
  • Conductor: Eduardo Mata
  • Ensemble: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941