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Fiesta Criolla: Latin American Orchestral Works

Chastain / Wbpr / Castagna
Release Date: 06/28/2011 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10675  
Composer:  Juan José CastroGómez CarrilloGuillermo Uribe HolguinFrancisco Mignone,   ... 
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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FIESTA CRIOLLA Gabriel Castagna, cond; Württemberg P; Nora Chastain (vn) 1 ; CHANDOS CHAN 10675 (77:10)


PIAZZOLLA Milongón Festivo. CARRILLO Fiesta Criolla. Rapsodia santiagueña. CASTRO Arrabal. 1 CABALLERO Read more class="ARIAL12b">Concierto Indio. MIGNONE Congada. HOLGUÍN 3 Danzas. A. WILLIAMS Concert Overture No. 1


Argentinean conductor and musicologist Gabriel Castagna is committed to unearthing examples of Latin American music. A large body of work exists from this part of the world and, as far as recordings are concerned, we have barely scratched the surface. Castagna has conducted excellent discs of Piazzolla and Ginastera, but the current program is a follow-up to a 2004 Chandos CD of equally obscure items, titled Escenas Argetinas , which seems to have eluded the grasp of our wide-ranging publication. (The older disc couples pieces by Piazzolla and Guastavino with the virtually unheard-of Buchardo, Aguirre, Gianneo, and Gíudice.)


In Fiesta Criolla , Castagna brings us the work of composers from Argentina (Astor Piazzolla, Manuel Gómez Carrillo, Juan José Castro, and Alberto Williams), Peru (Theodoro Valcárcel Caballero), Bogotá (Guillermo Uribe Holguín), and Brazil (Francisco Mignone). All were active during the 20th century, although Williams’s overture was written in 1889, predating the rest of the program, which spans the 1920s to the 1940s and possibly later. (The date of Piazzolla’s piece is unknown.)


This is music of zest and punch, replete with syncopated Latin rhythms and presented in bright orchestral colors: postcard music of the most superior kind. Piazzolla aside, none of these compositional voices have the individuality of Villa-Lobos or Revueltas, nor the sophistication and connection to contemporary musical thinking of Ginastera. This is, purely and simply, a nationalistic celebration—and, for the CD collector, a joyous diversion (as well as being of musicological interest).


Standouts include the tender slow movement of Caballero’s Concierto Indio (an 18-minute violin concerto, beautifully played by Nora Chastain), the touch of Hispanic bravado that opens Carrillo’s Rapsodia santiagueña , the rhythmic punch of Castro’s Arrabal , and the conductor’s own vibrant orchestration of Piazzolla’s Milongón Festivo . The latter piece, in which a sharply lilting tango bookends a lyrical middle section, was originally scored for piano, three bandoneóns, electric guitar, and orchestra. I would dearly love to hear the original version some time, but Castagna’s arrangement is terrific. He definitely reinforces James Reel’s smart description of Piazzolla as “the jazzy Bartók of the tango.”


Under such expert guidance, the Württemberg musicians play as though they had never experienced a day under 85?F in their lives. Typically full Chandos sound helps to make this enjoyable, good-hearted disc a winner.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Arrabal by Juan José Castro
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
2.
Fiesta Criolla by Gómez Carrillo
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
3.
Rapsodia Santiagueña by Gómez Carrillo
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
4.
Tres Danzas by Guillermo Uribe Holguin
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
5.
Congada by Francisco Mignone
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Brazil 
6.
Milongón Festivo by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
7.
Concierto Indio by Edgar Valcarcel
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen
8.
Primera obertura de concierto by Alberto Williams
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Württemberg Philharmonie Reutlingen

Sound Samples

Milongon festivo (arr. G. Castagna)
Fiesta criolla (version for orchestra): I. Alegria: Allegro vivo - [] - Vivo
Fiesta criolla (version for orchestra): II. Cancion triste: Andante - Amonioso - Piu animato
Fiesta criolla (version for orchestra): III. El amor en los panuelos - Vivo - Aire de zambe: Energico
Fiesta criolla (version for orchestra): IV. Siempre alegria: Allegro vivo - Final
Sinfonia Argentina: I. Arrabal: Allegro marcato
Rapsodia santiaguena (version for orchestra)
Concierto indio: I. Allegro festivo - Vivo
Concierto indio: II. Cantabile
Concierto indio: III. In senso populare - Cadenza - Lento - Allegretto - Allegro giocoso - Tempo I - Cadenza - A tempo
Concierto indio: IV. Danzante, assai agitato - Sostenuto (quasi largo) - A tempo - Cadenza - Vivace - Agitato - Amoroso - Andante
Congada
Tres Danzas: No. 1. Joropo: Allegretto
Tres Danzas: No. 2. Pasillo: Andante - Piu mosso - Tempo I
Tres Danzas: No. 3. Bambuco: Vivo
Primera obertura de concierto

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