ROBERTO SIERRA (b.1953): Fandangos for Orchestra, Variations on a Souvenir for Piano and Orchestra (Sinfonia da Camera), Solo Piano: Reflections on a Souvenir, Toccata, LOUIS MOREAU GOTTSCHALK (1829-1869): Souvenir de Porto Rico.
Catalogue Number: 03K087
Reference: TROY 1078
Description: At the center of this disc is Gottschalk's six-minute march based on a Puerto Rican melody he heard while on tour in 1857. The Reflections (2005-06) explores Gottschalk's idiom and injects modern harmonies and rhythms along with references to folk and salsa in a work little longer than the original. Then, in 2007, Sierra wrote the 31-minute Variations (33 of them), exploring the extreme piano virtuosity of the fin de siècle. Fandangos (2000) was inspired by Soler, Boccherini and Domenico Scarlatti's works in that genre and the disc closes with the obsessive virtuosity of the 2008 Toccata. Ian Hobson (piano and conductor).