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Estévez: La Cantata Criolla; Villa-lobos: Chôro No 10


Release Date: 08/31/1993 
Label:  Dorian Discovery Catalog #: 80101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio EstévezHeitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Idwer AlvarezWilliam Alvarado
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony OrchestraSchola Cantorum de CaracasOeféon Universitario Simón Bolívar
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 46 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Dorian made some of its best recordings, both technically and artistically, in Venezuela, and this performance of Antonio Estévez’s Cantata Criolla got the ball rolling. Although made locally, the sonics are every bit as good as the later productions by Dorian’s own engineers, and the performance is stunning. Estévez’s masterpiece is subtitled “Florentino, the one who sang with the devil”, and it tells the story of a singing contest between a Venezuelan cowboy and Satan, with Florentino emerging victorious by reciting the names of the saints. The work has three concise parts and lasts a bit more than half an hour. The third part, the actual contest, is set to a sort of samba
Read more arrangement (I know, that’s Brazilian, but you get the idea) of the Dies Irae, and if there were any justice in the universe the piece would be as popular as Carmina Burana.

As mentioned, the performance is spectacular, with two sensational soloists (particularly tenor Idwer Alvarez as Florentino), a big, enthusiastic chorus, and the resplendent Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra all under the enthusiastic baton of the late Eduardo Mata. The coupling, Villa-Lobos’ Chôros No. 10, is just as much fun and brings the playing time up to about 47 minutes. Yes, that’s rather short by today’s standards, but it doesn’t matter. This is one of those discs that belongs in every choral music collection, and I dearly wish that the better amateur choral societies would try this piece instead of their usual dreary diet of masses, requiems, and Messiahs.

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

1.
Florentino, el que cantó al diablo by Antonio Estévez
Performer:  Idwer Alvarez (Tenor), William Alvarado (Baritone)
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Cantorum de Caracas,  Oeféon Universitario Simón Bolívar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Caracas, Venezuela 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  José Félix Ribas Concert Hall, Caracas 
Length: 32 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
2.
Chôros no 10 for Chorus and Orchestra "Rasga o coracao" by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra,  Schola Cantorum de Caracas,  Oeféon Universitario Simón Bolívar
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 1990 
Venue:  José Félix Ribas Concert Hall, Caracas 
Length: 12 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: Portuguese 

Sound Samples

Cantata criolla, "Florentino, el que canto con el Diablo": I. Lento e cadencioso
Cantata criolla, "Florentino, el que canto con el Diablo": II. Lento, tenebroso
Cantata criolla, "Florentino, el que canto con el Diablo": III. Allegro vivo
Choros No. 10, "Rasga o Coracao"

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