Latin Album

Latin Album

by Keith Lockhart
     
 

While the Boston Pops could never be mistaken for the Buena Vista Social Club, they have done a splendid job here in paying tribute to a wide variety of Latin music -- from Argentinean tangos to Mexican mariachi. Their hip and talented conductor, Keith Lockhart, hasSee more details below

Overview

While the Boston Pops could never be mistaken for the Buena Vista Social Club, they have done a splendid job here in paying tribute to a wide variety of Latin music -- from Argentinean tangos to Mexican mariachi. Their hip and talented conductor, Keith Lockhart, has enlisted the aid of two smaller groups -- the Boston-based Inca Son and Mariachi Cobre from Tucson -- to give them some ethno-musical credibility, and the arrangements are fluid and responsive to the needs of each genre. The opening bars of "Granada" are carried by the thrilling solo trumpet of Mariachi Cobre's cofounder, Stephen Carillo. "Jalousie" features extensive and gorgeous virtuosity on the part of the Pops' own violinist, Tamara Smirnova. And their house soprano saxman, Michael Monaghan, swings through "Perfidia" and Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion" with admirable wistfulness. Aaron Copland's south-of-the-border salute, El Salón Mexico, is here too, but Lockhart has also included works by some of the most respected classical composers of South and Central America. Ginastera's "Malambo" from his ballet Estancia, Fernández's "Batuque," and Guàrnieri's "Dansa Brasileira" represent some of these composers' finest attempts to bring the rhythms of their native music to the European orchestra. Perhaps, as in "Huapango" by Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo, the Pops' percussion section never really does let itself go. But what do you want from Boston? The tracks in which the Pops follow the lead of their guest bands on traditional tunes are more refreshing and successfully Latinate. In fact, they're downright fun. And that, after all, is what the Pops do best.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
Conducted by Keith Lockhart, this BPO release is a mix of classical, Afro-Cuban, and mariachi music featuring guest appearances by Boston-based Andean group Inca Son and American favorites Mariachi Cobre, who add to the Latin American feel. Hot on the heels of the late-'90s fascination with Latin music, this album has lots of appeal, particularly to those who still know how to do the Macarena. The Latin Album features "El Salon Mexico" by renowned American composer Aaron Copland, as well as two pieces written for the orchestra by Latin American composers Ginastera and Fernandez. Although sweeping and really quite beautiful, The Latin Album fails to capture the fiery essence of authentic Latin American music.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2000
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266371723
catalogNumber:
63717

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Tracks

  1. Malambo  - Alberto Ginastera
  2. Oblivion, tango  - Michael Monaghan
  3. Granada, for voice & orchestra (with chorus ad lib)  -  Mariachi Cobre
  4. El Salón México, for orchestra  - Aaron Copland
  5. Perfidia  - Alberto Dominguez
  6. Mi Cambio  - Cesar Villalobos
  7. Jalousie, tango for orchestra  - Jacob Gade
  8. Dansas Brasilerias for orchestra
  9. Mambo Jambo  - Rafael Hernández
  10. El Combanchero, for pops orchestra
  11. Huapango, for orchestra
  12. Ay, Ay, Ay, canción criolla for voice & orchestra  - Cesar Villalobos
  13. Cumbias
  14. Batuque for orchestra  - Rubén Fuentes

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Lockhart   Primary Artist,Conductor
Aaron Copland   Track Performer
Alberto Ginastera   Track Performer
Rafael Hernández   Track Performer
Agustín Lara   Track Performer
Laura Ahlbeck   Oboe
Boston Pops Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ernesto Diaz   Percussion
Pat Hollenbeck   Percussion
Jon Finn   Guitar
Jonathan Menkis   Horn
Ricardo Monzon   Percussion
Jaime Rodriquez   Vocals,Charango
Oscar Stagnaro   Bass
Anthony Kadleck   Trumpet
Valerie Kuchment   Violin
Cesar Villalobos   Track Performer
Clayton Hoener   Violin
Elita Kang   Violin
Fred Buda   Percussion
Alberto Dominguez   Track Performer
Timothy Genis   Timpani
Ronald Knudsen   Violin
Ronan Lefkowitz   Violin
Joel Moerschel   Cello
Israel Gálvez Molina   Violin,Vocals
Elizabeth Ostling   Flute
Mack Ruíz   Violin,Vocals
Vyacheslav Uritsky   Violin
Jay Wadenpfuhl   Horn
Chester Schmitz   Tuba
James Orleans   Bass
Richard Ranti   Bassoon
Bob Winter   Piano,Accordion,Celeste
Lawrence Wolfe   Bass
Andrew Pearce   Cello
Scott Andrews   Clarinet
Jacob Gade   Track Performer
Amnon Levy   Violin
Douglas Yeo   Bass Trombone
Owen Young   Cello
David Buda   Electric Bass
Suzanne Nelson   Bassoon
Tamara Smirnova   Violin
Michael Monaghan   Soprano Saxophone
Bruce Hall   Trumpet
Peter Chapman   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Carmen Dragon   Arranger
Silvestre Vargas   Arranger
William David Brohn   Arranger
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger
Rubén Fuentes   Arranger
Pat Hollenbeck   Orchestration
Shawn Murphy   Producer,Engineer
Todd Whitelock   Engineer
Angela Morley   Arranger
Alberto Dominguez   Lyricist
Francisco Grijalva   Arranger,Orchestration
Caitlin Carter   Cover Model
María Susana Azzi   Liner Notes

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