Roberto Sierra: Sinfonía No. 4; Fandangos; Carnaval

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Vibrant and virtuosic, the orchestral works of Roberto Sierra have proved to be some of the most accessible of the early 21st century, and his thought-provoking treatment of symphonic form and traditional dances have revealed him to be one of the most original of contemporary composers. The "Sinfonía No. 4" (2008-2009), the featured work on this 2014 Naxos release by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, plays off the standard four-movement symphonic form, but it is altered in unexpected ways, because the usual functions of the symphony are blurred through constant development and the simultaneous layering of fast and slow music. The "Fandangos" (2000), one of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Vibrant and virtuosic, the orchestral works of Roberto Sierra have proved to be some of the most accessible of the early 21st century, and his thought-provoking treatment of symphonic form and traditional dances have revealed him to be one of the most original of contemporary composers. The "Sinfonía No. 4" (2008-2009), the featured work on this 2014 Naxos release by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony, plays off the standard four-movement symphonic form, but it is altered in unexpected ways, because the usual functions of the symphony are blurred through constant development and the simultaneous layering of fast and slow music. The "Fandangos" (2000), one of Sierra's most successful pieces, is a fantasy based in part on fandangos by Soler and Boccherini, as well as on Sierra's own ideas, and he develops the music through building layers and elaborating small motives in a regenerative process. "Carnaval" (2007) is a suite of grotesque character studies, and the movements' titles -- Gargoyles, Sphinxes, Unicorns, Dragons, and The Phoenix -- hint at the wildly fantastic character of the music. At times, Sierra ventures into some strange and menacing passages, but overall his style is easy to understand, and his focused tonality and highly melodic themes should invite many listeners looking for something appealing and entertaining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2013
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943973820
  • Catalog Number: 8559738
  • Sales rank: 111,991

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Giancarlo Guerrero Primary Artist
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  • Posted January 20, 2014

    Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra writes in an original post-

    Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra writes in an original post-romantic style that reminds me of Villa-Lobos and Chavez -- but only a little. "Fandangos" which opens the album may be inspired by the music of Spain, but it's no pastiche. Sierra incorporates characteristic melodic turns into his music, giving it spice. The feel of the dance is there, making this a rousing curtain-raiser.

    The Sinfonia No. 4 also has some Spanish elements in it. the third movement "Tiempo de Bolero" for example, emulates the rhythms of that dance. And the final movement uses gestures from Latino dance orchestra -- the piano playing rhythmic punctuations in octaves, and extensive use of Latin percussion, such as bongos, congas, and claves.

    "Carnaval" is a set of five characteristic pieces, each one representing a fantastical monster. Each movement is a brilliant miniature, painting a vivid portrait of its subject through Sierra's skillful orchestrations.

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