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Carlos Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Southwest Chamber Music's Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 1, on Lomita, CA-based indie Cambria was of such caliber that it earned the Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance -- a stunning achievement for a regional chamber group on a so-called "minor" label, albeit one that has been in business for 25 years. The standards of performance, recording quality, and packaging that so distinguished the first issue are all present in this second volume, Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 2. But some of the music here is in Chávez's tougher, more abstract idiom and demands the patient attention of the listener, so it's a little more "work" this time around. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Southwest Chamber Music's Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 1, on Lomita, CA-based indie Cambria was of such caliber that it earned the Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble Performance -- a stunning achievement for a regional chamber group on a so-called "minor" label, albeit one that has been in business for 25 years. The standards of performance, recording quality, and packaging that so distinguished the first issue are all present in this second volume, Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 2. But some of the music here is in Chávez's tougher, more abstract idiom and demands the patient attention of the listener, so it's a little more "work" this time around. Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 2, is certainly worth the time and attention -- the outer pieces, "Energia for nine instruments" and "Sonata for four horns" 1929 are both works from the 1920s that are immediately appealing and tremendous fun. The "Soli I for winds" 1935 is a piquant and succinct work reminiscent of Stravinsky. Conductor and annotator Jeff von der Schmidt identifies it as signifying "things to come" for Chávez, but this view can't be confirmed; it just seems pleasantly neo-Classical with a few additional barbs and twists placed here and there. "Energia" 1925 is a milestone for Chávez in that it marks the first time the composer put into practice his "non-repetitive" style of composition, rejecting formal recapitulation schemes as a by-product of typically European stylistic devices that Chávez was trying to avoid. And in essence he was right on the money -- composers in the "old country" really didn't pick up on this idea until the 1950s, by which time Chávez had resolved his anti-European bias and was adopting some aspects of serial technique, much to the dismay of his Mexican colleagues. Both the "Soli II for wind quintet" 1961 and the "Soli IV for brass trio" come from squarely within this latter phase of Chávez's development. Frankly, neither work has worn particularly well, but of the two the "Soli IV" is preferable in that it makes more use of negative space and dynamics than the dense and somewhat clotted "Soli II." But overall, Chávez: Complete Chamber Music, Vol. 2, is an entirely worthy continuation of this excellent cycle of recordings and makes an interested listener anxious to hear the forthcoming volumes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Cambria Records
  • UPC: 021475088515
  • Catalog Number: 8851
  • Sales rank: 15,178

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Energia for Nine Instruments - Carlos Chávez & Southwest Chamber Music (6:07)
  2. 5–8 Soli I, for oboe, clarinet, trumpet & bassoon - Carlos Chávez & Southwest Chamber Music (7:15)
  3. 9–13 Soli II, for wind quintet - Carlos Chávez & Southwest Chamber Music (20:42)
  4. 14–20 Soli IV, for horn, trumpet & trombone - Carlos Chávez & William Booth (10:32)
  5. 21–23 Sonata for 4 horns - Carlos Chávez & Warren Gref (21:16)
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Performance Credits
Jeff von der Schmidt Primary Artist
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