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Music of the Americas / Orozco-Estrada, Houston Symphony


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186619  
Composer:  Silvestre RevueltasLeonard BernsteinAstor PiazzollaGeorge Gershwin
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Having demonstrated their musical excellence with three well-received recordings on PENTATONE of orchestral works of Antonin Dvorák, Houston Symphony and Andrés Orozco-Estrada now present an album that comes closer to their cultural roots than ever before. Dance rhythms, jazzy harmonies, bright colors, city sounds; everything one associates with The Americas can be heard on this recording. With George Gershwin’s 1928 piece An American in Paris, Silvestre Revueltas’s Sensemayá (1938), Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (1961) and Ástor Piazzolla’s Tangazo (1970), it brings together composers from across the twentieth century, all connected by their belonging to the Americas. Moreover, all of Read more these composers reconfigured the barriers between classical and popular music, combining them to produce a sound that illustrates their home region. In choosing these particular works, Houston Symphony and Andrés Orozco-Estrada have aimed not to cover the entire continent but rather to provide ‘impressions’ of America and to ‘illuminate’ as many colors in the music as possible.

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REVIEW:

What a nice disc from Pentatone. All the works here are well played by the Houstonians, under the baton of the orchetra's music director. The recording is a fine one. Microphones are well placed giving an in-the-hall listener perspective. Surrounds are used for ambiance, and they successfully recreate the sound of a live orchestra.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Mexico 
2.
West Side Story: Symphonic Dances by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960; USA 
3.
Tangazo by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Argentina 
4.
An American in Paris by George Gershwin
Conductor:  Andres Orozco-Estrada
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; USA 

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