ROBERTO SIERRA (b.1953): Missa Latina "Pro Pace".
Catalogue Number: 01L089
Description: Commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. this fervently communicative 68-minute work fuses salsa with more traditional classical language to produce a consistently tonal, often irresistible musical experience which also has its more serious and almost ominous moments (you might think of Janacek and Lenny colliding with Mexican pop culture!). A large Latin percussion battery is included in the orchestra and it's put to good use often (sometimes the music reminds you of an enthusiastic puppy which is having so good a time it can't stop. Heidi Grant Murphy (soprano), Nathaniel Webster (baritone), Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and Orchstra; Andreas Delfs.