Notes and Editorial Reviews
This is without doubt one of the finest collections of Latin American classical music in the catalog. All of the music is great, offering a wide range of character and feeling, from Orbón's vibrantly neo-classical Concerto Grosso, to Revueltas' atmospheric film score Redes ("Nets"), to Ginastera's folk-tinged romantic expressionism. There isn't a dull second anywhere, and the performances are stunning. The outstanding item here is Orbón's Concerto Grosso, a Stravinsky-goes-Latin extravaganza of spicy harmony, buoyant rhythm, bright color, and captivating melody that ought to be in the standard repertoire (but then, all of this music belongs there). The Cuarteto Latinoamericano's trademark astringent timbre suits the idiom very well, and Eduardo Mata has his Venezuelan orchestra playing at the top of its very considerable form. Dorian's engineering, as with all the discs in this series, is a touch low level. Turn it up, and it's extremely natural and vivid. This is a most welcome reissue.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com