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Night Of The Mayas - Music Of Silvestre Revueltas


Release Date: 03/17/2009 
Label:  Catalyst   Catalog #: 62672   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Eduardo MataDavid AthertonL. Herrera de la Fuente
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraLondon SinfoniettaXalapa Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I would agree that the Homenaje to the murdered poet Lorca was one of [Revueltas'] most significant achievements—a long trumpet-led lament curiously interspersed with vivid dance-like episodes ''like El Salon Mexico on mescal'', as Page remarks about the last of the enjoyably pungent (but also lyrical) Alcancias (perhaps ''expansive bullets'' though, bewilderingly enough, it can also mean ''piggy-banks'' or ''brothel keepers''!). These latter pieces are brilliantly played by the London Sinfonietta, which then sobers up for the austere Planos, which the composer described as ''functional architecture''. Ocho x rondo is a scherzo (with a gentler central section) for octet, perhaps more immediately striking is a Toccata from the same year Read more (1933), which demands (and gets) virtuoso playing from a chamber group. Revueltas's best-known work, the snake-killing ritual Sensemaya, is taken by Mata at the same deliberate pace he adopted with the Bolivar Orchestra of Venezuela (Dorian, 11/93) but sounds more decorous at the hands of the New Philharmonia.

There is, however, nothing sedate, except, very properly, in the evocative and beautiful third movement (''Night in Yucatan''), about the performance by the Jalapa (or Xalapa) Symphony under Fuente (whose Sensemaya for Pickwick was reviewed in 12/93) of the four-movement suite drawn from the music for the film La noche de los Mayas: its finale, with an orgy of manic percussion and brass would almost rouse the dead (which presumably was the scene it accompanied). A fascinating disc.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [2/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Homenaje a Federico García Lorca by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Eduardo Mata
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 11/1975 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Ocho por Radio by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 11/1979 
Venue:  London 
Length: 5 Minutes 8 Secs. 
4.
Toccata for Violin and Orchestra by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 11/1979 
Venue:  London 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
5.
Alcancías by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 11/1979 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 2 Secs. 
6.
Planos by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  David Atherton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 11/1979 
Venue:  London 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
7.
La noche de los mayas by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  L. Herrera de la Fuente
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Xalapa Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Mexico 
Date of Recording: 09/1980 
Venue:  Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico 
Length: 25 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 "La noche de los mayas", as I remember it... November 5, 2013 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "I remember this piece very well. When I was with the Los Angeles Philharmonic we were playing quite a bit of contemporary Mexican and Latin American music, and Revueltas was well represented. Not only the title piece, but also a thriller called "Sensemaya" which depicts the killing of a snake---I imagined one of the deadliest reptiles of the lot, and Esa-Pekka Salonen really brought out the details of the execution of said snake. And before that, when I was with the Long Island Orchestra da Camera, which played a lot of in-school concerts, we were doing "Homenaje a Federico Garcia Lorca" with an expanded instrumentation, and I got quite a kick out of that. This record brings back memories. There are several other works which aren't performed as much as they should be. Thank you for putting them all together on one CD." Report Abuse
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