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Encores - Salazar, Saenz, Golijov, Gutierrez / Cuarteto Latinoamericano

Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Release Date: 04/27/2010 
Label:  Sono Luminus   Catalog #: 92108   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Radamés GnattaliStefano ScodanibbioCarlos Sanchez-GutierrezOsvaldo Golijov,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Cuarteto Latinoamericano, formed in 1982, is known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet. This award-winning ensemble from Mexico consists of the three Bitrán brothers, violinists Saúl and Arón and cellist Alvaro, along with violist Javier Montiel. The Cuarteto has recorded most of the Latin American repertoire for string quartet, and the sixth volume of their Villa-Lobos 17 quartets cycle, recorded for Dorian, was nominated for a GRAMMY® award in 2002 in the field of Best Chamber Music Recording as well as for a Latin GRAMMY®.

A must for the lover of modern chamber music, string quartet aficionados, and Latin American music enthusiasts, Encores is a
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R E V I E W:

The Encores title of this release by the mostly Mexican Cuarteto LatinoAmericano, which specializes in Latin American music for string quartet, is puzzling. Few of the pieces could be described as light crowd-pleasers, and Osvaldo Golijov's Yiddishbbuk and Carlos Sánchez-Gutiérrez's Cinco para Quatro are substantial multi-movement works. The Golijov is one of the few pieces of chamber music in that very hot composer's output, and the vigorous performance by the group is worth the price of admission. But beyond these are some real small finds. A group of settings of Mexican songs by Italian bassist/composer Stefano Scodanibbio, entitled (in Italian) Canzoniere messicano, follows the lines laid down by Luciano Berio in his folk song settings: the tunes are recognizable, but the music is heavily interpreted through changes in timbre and texture. Dispersed through the program as interludes, these have a compelling combination of simplicity and rigor. The program as a whole offers a varied mix of Latin American works, music composed in the U.S. that reflects Latin influences, and a broader Hispanic continuum that looks out as far as Persia in the Rubaiyat of Spanish composer Adolfo Salazar. Booklet notes, in English only, are by violinist Saúl Bitrán. Recommended for those with any interest in the contemporary Latin American scene.

-- James Manheim, All Music Guide
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Works on This Recording

1.
Valse (Ernesto Nazareth) by Radamés Gnattali
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Period: Modern 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Canzoniere messicano [Mexican Songbook]: Sandunga by Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004-2009 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
3.
Cinco para Cuatro, for string quartet by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 8 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Canzoniere messicano [Mexican Songbook]: Bésame Mucho by Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004-2009 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Yiddishbbuk by Osvaldo Golijov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 12 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6.
Canzoniere messicano [Mexican Songbook]: Cuando sale la luna by Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004-2009 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
7.
La Venus se va de juerga, for string quartet by Jorge Torres Saenz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Rubaiyat, for string quartet by Adolfo Salazar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 13 Minutes 59 Secs. 
9.
Canzoniere messicano [Mexican Songbook]: Canción Mixteca by Stefano Scodanibbio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004-2009 
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
10.
Sueños de Sefarad, for string quartet by David Stock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 9 Minutes 23 Secs. 
11.
Mambo, for string quartet by Roberto Sierra
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cuarteto Latinoamericano
Venue:  Ayrshire Farm, Upperville, VA 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Valsa (arr. E. Nazareth)
Mambo 7/16
Canzoniere messicano (Mexican Songbook): Sandunga
Cinco para Cuatro: No. 1. Vocalise
Cinco para Cuatro: No. 2. Chorale
Cinco para Cuatro: No. 3. Waves
Cinco para Cuatro: No. 4. Meditation
Cinco para Cuatro: No. 5. Ostinato Furioso
Canzoniere messicano (Mexican Songbook): Besame mucho
Yiddishbbuk: Ia.D.W. - Ib.F.B. - Ic.T.K.
Yiddishbbuk: I.B.S.
Yiddishbbuk: L.B.
Canzoniere messicano (Mexican Songbook): Cuando sale la luna
La Venus se va de juerga
Rubaiyat
Canzoniere messicano (Mexican Songbook): Cancion Mixteca
Suenos de Sefarad

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