Latin America Alive

Latin America Alive

by Eduardo Mata

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2009
Label: Dorian Recordings
UPC: 0053479091420
catalogNumber: 90914
Rank: 14677

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Cantat Criolla, "Florentino, el que cantó con el diablo (The One Who Sang with the devil)

    1. Lento e cadencioso  (17:27)
    2. Lento, tenebroso  (06:41)
    3. Allegro vivo  (09:47)
  2. Chôros No. 10, for chorus & orchestra, "Rasga o Coraçao" (also ballet, "Jurapary"), A. 209  (12:15)

Disc 2

  1. Redes, suite for orchestra (compiled by Erich Kleiber from the film score)

    1. Part 1. The Fisherman  (02:29)
    2. Part 1. The Child's Funeral  (03:49)
    3. Part 1. Setting Out to Fish  (03:11)
    4. Part 2. The Fight  (04:18)
    5. Part 2. The return of the Fishermen with Their Dead Friend  (02:35)
  2. Concerto grosso for string quartet & orchestra

    1. Moderato  (08:37)
    2. Lento  (08:30)
    3. Allegro  (09:28)
  3. Sensemaya, for orchestra  (07:02)
  4. Pampeana No. 3, for orchestra, Op. 24

    1. Adagio contemplativo  (06:29)
    2. Impetuosamente  (06:32)
    3. Largo con poetica  (06:33)

Disc 3

  1. Versiones sinfónicas (3), for orchestra

    1. Pavana (Luis de Milán)  (09:38)
    2. Organum-Conductus (Perotinus)  (08:47)
    3. Xylophone (Congo)  (03:03)
  2. Bachianas Brasileiras No. 2, for orchestra, A. 247

    1. El canto del campesino (The Song of the Countryman)  (05:45)
    2. El canto de nuestra tierra (The Song of Our Country)  (05:17)
    3. Recuerdo del desierto (Memory of the Desert)  (05:07)
    4. El pequeño tren del campesino (The Little Train of the Countryman)  (04:37)
  3. Mediodía en el Llano (Noon on the Prairie), for orchestra  (07:28)
  4. Symphony No. 2 ("Sinfonía india")  (12:13)

Disc 4

  1. La Vida breve, opera, G. 35/39 (2 versions)

    1. Act 1. 1st Tableau. Scene 1  (07:35)
    2. Act 1. 1st Tableau. Scene 2  (05:14)
    3. Act 1. 1st Tableau. Scene 3  (04:21)
    4. Act 1. 1st Tableau. Scene 4  (00:47)
    5. Act 1. 1st Tableau. Scene 5  (02:55)
    6. Act 1. 1st Tableau. Scene 6  (03:31)
    7. Act 1. 2nd Tableau. Intermezzo  (06:30)
    8. Act 2. 1st Tableau. Scene 1  (03:03)
    9. Act 2. 1st Tableau. Spanish Dance  (03:19)
    10. Act 2. 1st Tableau. Scene 2  (03:48)
    11. Act 2. 1st Tableau. Scene 3  (03:31)
    12. Act 2. 1st Tableau. Orchestral Interlude  (03:19)
    13. Act 2. 2nd Tableau  (03:50)
    14. Act 2. Final Scene  (05:54)

Disc 5

  1. El Amor brujo, ballet for mezzo-soprano & orchestra in 1 act, G. 68 (revised version)

    1. Introducción y Escena  (00:33)
    2. En la Cueva (La Noche)  (01:58)
    3. Canción del Amor Dolido  (01:40)
    4. El Aperecido  (00:14)
    5. Danza del Terror  (02:08)
    6. El Circulo Mágico (Romance del Pescador)  (02:32)
    7. A Media Noche (Los Sortilegios)  (00:38)
    8. Danza Ritual del Fuego (Para ahuyentar los malos espíritus)  (04:16)
    9. Escena  (01:00)
    10. Canción del Fuego Fatuo  (01:53)
    11. Pantomima  (04:06)
    12. Danza del Fuego de Amor  (02:44)
    13. Final: Las Campanas del Amanecer  (01:36)
  2. Popular Spanish Songs (7), for voice & piano, G. 40

    1. El Paño Moruno  (01:17)
    2. Seguidilla Murciana  (01:27)
    3. Asturiana  (02:30)
    4. Jota  (02:54)
    5. Nana  (01:22)
    6. Canción  (01:03)
    7. Polo  (01:42)
  3. Homenajes, suite for orchestra

    1. Fanfare (Sobre el nombre de Enrique Fernández Arbós)  (01:04)
    2. A Claude Debussy (Elegía de la guitarra)  (03:28)
    3. Rappel de la Fanfare  (00:22)
    4. A Paul Dukas (Spes vitae)  (03:45)
    5. Predrelliana  (08:22)
  4. El Sombrero de tres picos, Suite No. 2, for orchestra (scenes and dances from Part II), G. 59

    1. The Neighbor's Dance (Seguidillas)  (03:28)
    2. The Miller's Dance (Farruca)  (03:07)
    3. Final Dance (Jota)  (06:36)

Disc 6

  1. Uirapurú, symphonic poem & ballet for orchestra (The Enchanted Bird), A. 133  (18:56)
  2. Suite de caballos de vapor (Horse Power Suite)

    1. Danza del Hombre (Dance of Man)  (06:33)
    2. Barco hacia el Trópico (Boat to the Tropics)  (10:50)
    3. El Trópico (The Tropics)  (08:02)
  3. Dances from Estancia, dance suite from the ballet, Op. 8a

    1. Los Trabajadores Agricolas (The Land Workers)  (03:14)
    2. Danza del Trigo (Wheat Dance)  (03:10)
    3. Los Peones de Hacienda (The Cattlemen)  (02:06)
    4. Danza Final: Malambo (Final Dance: Malambo)  (04:10)

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Latin America Alive 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dean_Frey More than 1 year ago
In 1954 Aaron Copland attended a major festival of Latin American music in Caracas. There he met the festival organizers Heitor Villa-Lobos and Carlos Chavez, and heard music from composers like Alberto Ginastera from Argentina, Julían Orbon from Cuba, and Antonio Estéves from Venezuela. Two of the works that impressed Copland the most are included on this valuable new box set from Dorian: Estévez's "ingratiating" Cantata Criolla, and the "natural and spontaneous" Tres Versiones Sinfónicas by Julían Orbon. He was less impressed with the music of Villa-Lobos, which left him "...astonished, but quite confused. It is works like these that make Villa-Lobos the pride and despair of his Latin-American colleagues." Copland characterized Villa's music as "sprawling in form and luxuriant in manner," and the three works that the late Eduardo Mata recorded are definitely in this mode. Mata and the Simón Bolivar Orchestra recorded the great early work Uirapuru in 1993, and this recording has long been a favourite of mine (though I still have a soft spot for the first recording, by Stokowski in 1955.) Mata brings out the Brazilian popular-music rhythms in his recording of the ostensibly neo-classical Bachianas Brasileiras #2, with its famous Little Train. And this version of Choros #10 is really passionate, with superb singing by the Schola Cantorum de Caracas & Orfeon Universitario Simón Bolivar. There are so many other excellent works included here. Chavez's 2nd Symphony, the Sinfónia India, and Silvestre Revueltas's Sensemaya, are both stand-out recordings. I loved Orbon's craggy Concerto Grosso. The set is entitled "Latin America Alive", but I would only complain about the inclusion of two discs of music by the European Manuel de Falla if Eduardo Mata were still around to record new music by the many composers of Latin America that rarely make it on to disc. As it is, these six discs represent a magnificent legacy of a great, great artist who died much too soon.