LATIN WINDS

HEITOR VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959): Concerto grosso for Wind Quartet and Wind Orchestra, Fantasia em Forma de Chôros, JOAQUÍN RODRIGO (1901-1999): Adagio, Per la flor del lliri blau (arr. Rodrigo), CARLOS CHÁVEZ (1899-1978): Chapultepec.

Catalogue Number: 05T054

Label: Chandos

Reference: CHAN 10975

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The Villa-Lobos (1958 and 1959) and the Rodrigo Adagio (1966) were all written for Pittsburgh’s American Wind Symphony, the Brazilian composer’s works sounding as much North as South American, their liveliness, freely changing modalities, ease of flow, and likeable sonorities a striking compositional signature, the unusual Concerto Grosso exploring a unique sound world with concertante discussion among the four wind soloists and the wind band. Rodrigo’s tender and modestly scored Adagio seems close to the world of Spanish chivalry and romance as his first major orchestral work which appears here in its 1984 wind version. Chávez’ nine-minute “Obertura republicana”, a compilation of three pre-existing Mexican tunes, is a brilliantly colorful conclusion to a very unhackneyed disc. Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra; Clark Rundell, Mark Heron.

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