Cuban Orchestral Music

ALEJANDRO GARCÍA CATURLA (1906-1940): 3 danses cubanes, ALFREDO DIEZ NIETO (b.1918): In Memoriam, GUIDO LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN ROSARIO (b.1944): Ritmotiv, CARLOS FARINAS (1934-2002): Preludio para "Penthesilea", ENRIQUE GONZÁLEZ MÁNTICI (1912-1974): Pregón y Danza.

Catalogue Number: 03Q059

Label: MD&G

Reference: 601 1873-2

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: The novelty of this repertoire is guaranteed to make you look past the fact that, while the Cuban note-writer mentions several Cuban symphonies from the 18th and early 19th centuries, what we get is like a collection of encore pieces, all of them but one full of the rhythms, Afro-Cuban and Spanish, of which one hears similar versions of much 20th century Brazilian music. Thus, even though Fariñas' Preludio was a 1977 commission from a German theatre producing von Kleist's famous play, it wouldn't be out of place at a Carnival festival while Rosario's Ritmotiv is an 11-minute exercise in rhythmic complexity and simplicity witih a big percussion section. The only outlier is Nieto's 12-minute slow, dignified dirge, written after his wife's death in 2010; the 96-year-old is now preparing for the premiere of his second symphony! Would it be too much to hope for a Cuban symphony or two? Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba; Enrique Pérez Mesa.

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