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Carlos Chavaez: Sinfonia India; Sinfonia De Antigona; Symphony No. 4 (Sinfonia Romantica)

Chavez / Stadium Sym Orch Of New York
Release Date: 05/12/2008 
Label:  Everest Uk   Catalog #: 7519008   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Carlos Chavez
Conductor:  Carlos Chavez
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This classic recording is one of the more valuable examples of a composer conducting his own music. The total timing, 43 minutes, while short by CD standards, is at least far more sensible than many other Everest reissues which can last substantially less than half an hour. So at budget (or mid) price, this is not a bad deal, and more importantly the music is wonderful. Chávez’s first two symphonies, Sinfonia de Antigona and Sinfonia India, particularly the latter, with its Latin percussion and folk-like melodies, established his international reputation. Certainly they reveal a heavy debt to Mexican folk music, and although his output often sounds a bit like Copland, the composer he really resembles is Bartók in that he Read more absorbed and transformed the folk elements into a wholly personal, modern style. The Fourth Symphony (Sinfonia Romantica), for example, avoids much of the obvious folk sounds and rhythms of Chávez’s first two works in the genre, yet it is recognizably the product of the same composer. Chávez was an excellent conductor of his own music–he left many recordings in the German radio archives, so he was both widely travelled and very experienced. The Stadium Symphony of New York was, of course, the New York Philharmonic when it was not recording for Columbia. They play with great fire and vigor, if perhaps not ideally perfect rhythm, especially at the thrilling conclusion of the Sinfonia India. The work was, in fact, composed in New York in 1935, well before Copland wrote his similar-sounding “American” ballets, although it is contemporary with El Salón México. The engineering has held up very well; this is a marvelous disc.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 2 "Sinfonía India" by Carlos Chavez
Conductor:  Carlos Chavez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Mexico 
Length: 11 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 1 "Sinfonía de Antígona" by Carlos Chavez
Conductor:  Carlos Chavez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1933; Mexico 
Length: 11 Minutes 0 Secs. 
3. Symphony no 4 "Sinfonía Romántica" by Carlos Chavez
Conductor:  Carlos Chavez
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; Mexico 
Length: 21 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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