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Tangazo - Music Of Latin America - Ginastera, Chavez


Release Date: 11/27/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 436737   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alejandro CaturlaCarlos ChavezAaron CoplandAlberto Ginastera,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Such is our unfamiliarity with this area of the repertoire that Argo seem content to lump together as ''Music of Latin America'' works from the very different cultural backgrounds of Cuba, Mexico and Argentina; can you imagine music by, say, Bartok, Respighi and Satie being marketed together as ''Music from Europe''? Be that as it may, however, the disc is valuable in filling gaps in the current catalogue (all the previous versions of the savagely violent Sensemaya have been deleted, Copland's own performance of his Danzon cubano is conspicuously substandard, and the only other work now available is the Ginastera ballet suite); and it also has the merit of showing off the very striking skills of the New World Symphony, a training orchestra Read more of young musicians about to enter the profession. There are also some surprising inter-relationships: for instance, Chavez's Second Symphony (based on repetitious Indian melodies and rhythms and employing platoons of native percussion) has a second section that bears a curious resemblance to Copland's usual folky style. The latter is represented here by the entertaining pastiche that has been called ''An American in Cuba''; but it is from two other composers that the authentic Cuban voice is heard.

Amadeo Roldan's most famous work, the ballet La Rebambaramba (1926/7) about Havana low life in 1830, relies on very heavily accented Afro-Cuban rhythms; his Ritmica V is for percussion only. From exactly the same time and background come the three Cuban dances by Garcia Caturla (a pupil of Nadia Boulanger who, as a magistrate, was assassinated by a criminal he was about to try), but these reveal a far greater subtlety of harmony and instrumentation, particularly in the second movement. Sophistication of nationalist material is to be found in the dances from Ginastera's ballet Estancia, depicting a day on an Argentinian ranch: the virtuosic final malambo is frenetically exciting, but the peaceful ''Dance of the wheat'' is hauntingly lovely. Far more 'civilized' and elegant than nearly all these works, however, is the ingenious, sensitively written and attractive symphonic study of the Argentine tango by Piazzolla, another Boulanger pupil: it would be a knock-out at the Proms. Altogether a highly recommendable disc, brilliantly recorded with demonstration quality.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [6/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Danzas cubanas (3) by Alejandro Caturla
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Cuba 
Length: 8 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 "Sinfonía India" by Carlos Chavez
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Mexico 
Length: 12 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3. Danzón Cubano by Aaron Copland
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4. Estancia Suite, Op. 8a by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Argentina 
Length: 12 Minutes 54 Secs. 
5. Tangazo by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Argentina 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6. Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Mexico 
Length: 6 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7. La Rebambaramba by Amadeo Roldán
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Cuba 
Length: 9 Minutes 56 Secs. 
8. Ritmica V by Amadeo Roldán
Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Cuba 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sinfonìa india (Symphony No.2)
Danzón cubano
Suite de "La Rebamberamba": 1. Final de 1er Cuadro
Suite de "La Rebamberamba": 3. Comparsa Lucumi
Suite de "La Rebamberamba": 4. Comparsa de la Culebra
Suite de "La Rebamberamba": 5. Final de la Obra
Sensemayá
Trois Danses Cubaes: 1. Danza del Tambor
Trois Danses Cubaes: 2. Motivos de Danzas
Trois Danses Cubaes: 3. Danza Lucumi
Ritmica No.5
Tangazo
Estancia - Danzas del Ballet: 1. Las tradbajadores agrícolas
Estancia - Danzas del Ballet: 2. Danza del trigo
Estancia - Danzas del Ballet: 3. Los peones de hacienda
Estancia - Danzas del Ballet: 4. Danza final (Malambo)

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