The Choro Music of Brazil
“Choro is classical music played with bare feet and callus on the hands” – Aquiles Rique Reis, Brazilian singer. Long before samba music became a Brazilian icon, the musicians of Brazil were gathering around a table with beer and nibbles playing Choro music. Scholar and musician Julie Koidin introduces us to this urban music of the Fabvelas with recordings of Pixinguinha, Joaquim Callado, Carmen Miranda and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Zequinha de Abreu: Tico Tico no fuba (Carmen Miranda, voice) Harlequin Records 94
Joaquim Callado: Flor Amorosa (Altamiro Carrilho, flute & clarinet) Private Collection
Choro: Zinha (Patapio Silva and his band) Revivendo M
Chyiquinha Gonzaga: Bione (Maria Teresa Madera, piano) Private Collection
Radamés Gnattali: Serenata no Joa (Radamés Gnattali Trio) www.radamesgnattali.com
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Choro Tipico (David Russell, guitar) iTunes
Edino Krieger: Choro Mahoso (Alexandre Dossin, piano) A Touch of Brazil BGH
Jacob do Bandolim: Reminiscencias (Jacob do Bandolim band) Private Collection
Pixinguinha: Cariñoso (Elizeth Cardodo and Radames Gnatalli and orchestra)
Nilson Lombardi: Ponteio No. 1 and 6 (Beatriz Balzi, piano)
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Quinteto en forma de Choro (Quinteto Villa-Lobos) Kuarup Disco
Zequinha de Abreu: Tico Tico no fuba (Paquito D’Rivera, clarinet) iTunes
Rising Stars: Kaia String Quartet
Fiesta! features this exciting young string quartet. Listen to some tracks of their up-coming 1st CD and an interview with its members.
Tango, the sound of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, started as folk urban music. By the late 40’s however, composers such us the Argentine Astor Piazzolla and the Uuguayan Lamarque Pons were already bring the accents and colours of tango in the realm of the concert hall. This program features orchestral works by Juan José Mosalini and Astor Piazzolla.
Tango, the sound of Buenos Aires and Montevideo, started as folk urban music. By the late 40’s however, composers such us the Argentine Astor Piazzolla and the Uruguayan Lamarque Pons were already bring the accents and colours of tango in the realm of the concert hall. This program features orchestral works by Juan José Mosalini and Astor Piazzolla.
Guitarist Eduardo Fernandez
Uruguayan guitarist Eduardo Fernandez introduces us to music of his country, and also plays works from Colombia and Paraguay, this varied program includes Tres Piezas Para Guitarra composed by Fiesta host, Elbio Barilari.
Gentil Montaña: Suite Number 4: Nostalgia Bogotana Bambuco, Porro, La Catedral
Agustin Barrios: Preludio, Andante religioso, Allegro solemne
Carlos Guastavino: Sonata para guitarra: 1, Allegro deciso e molto ritmico
Elbio Barilari: Tres piezas para guitarra
Jaurés Lamarque-Pons: Concertino de Invierno para guitarra, cuerdas y percusion
Ópera das Pedras: Opera of the Stones
A newly composed collective Brazilian opera based on the work of the artist Denise Milan and with the participation of composers/performers such as André Mehmari, Badi Assad, Carlinhos Antunes, Clarice Assad, Marco Antonio Guimarâes, Naná Vasconcelos, Tiago Pinheiro.
Living Mexican Composers
Historically, México, the largest and most populated of the Spanish speaking countries, has been a powerhouse of Latin American music. This is also true for the Mexican living composers. This program presents works by Mario Lavista, Federico Ibarra and others.
Three Latino Mozarts
There are at least three composers we can relate as the Latin American (and Spanish) Mozart’s. Two of them were called “Mozarts” by his contemporaries: the 18th’s Chevalier de Saint Georges, born in the French-Caribbean island of Gaudaloupe, and the 19th century Spanish-Basque Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga. The third one is the 20th century Brazilian composer Camargo Guarnieri whose first name was Mozart, precisely.
Latin American Music from the Southern Cone to Mexico
Framed by tangos, this program features Altar de Neon, a colorful orchestral work composed by
Gabriela Ortiz about the Mexican holiday honoring the dead.
Luis Pasquet: Tangos in Red and Grey (Camerata Punta del Este)
Mozart Camargo Guarnieri: A Flor de Tremembe (Camerata de las Americans; Joe Sachs, conductor)
Gabriela Ortiz: Altar de Neon (Camerata de las Americans, Enrique Arturo Diemecke, conductor)
Silvestre Revueltas: Planos (London Symphony Orchestra, David Antherton, conductor)
Astor Piazzolla: From 6 Etudes, 2 Tanguistiques (I-Jeng Yeh, flute; Fernando Cruz, piano; Latin American Music Center)
Fernandez: Batuque (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, Keri-Lynn Wilson, conductor)
Revisiting Leo Brouwer
Cuban Leo Brouwer is among the most important living composers and no doubt about it, he is the most prestigious Latin American living composer. However, except for the inner circle of the guitar realm, Brouwer’s music is scarcely known in the US. Fiesta! has been championing Brower’s work and in this revisit we feature some jewels of his extensive catalogue.
Homenaje a Manuel de Falla
Manuel de Falla, the biggest name in Spanish music, had and still has a huge impact on Latin American music as well. As it is well known, he died in Argentina as an exile of Francisco Franco’s fascist dictatorship, which has made him even more endearing for Latin Americans of all generations.
José Serebrier, composer
Uruguayan born José Serebrier is widely known by his stellar career as a conductor of international reputation. Mr. Serebrier, however, deserves has much recognition for his formidable work as a composer.
Mi Alma Mexicana/Mexican Orchestral Music
This release truly represents what Mexican culture is; not only the well-known picture of
folklore, cuisine, colors and breathtaking landscape that amaze visitors, but the modern Mexico,
eclectic and baroque in every sense of the word: a rich spectrum of possibilities and exquisite
taste. Mi Alma Mexicana is a Sony recording by Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas with
Alondra de la Parra conducting.
Gustavo Campa: Melodie Pour Violin (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Alondra de la Parra, conductor) Sony 8869775552
Ricardo Castro: Intermezzo de Atzimba (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Alondra de la Parra, conductor) Sony 8869775552
Candelario Huizar: Imágenes (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Alondra de la Parra, conductor) Sony 8869775552
Federico Ibarra: Sinfonia No. 2 (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Alondra de la Parra, conductor) Sony 8869775552
Enrico Chapela: Inguesu (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, Alondra de la Parra, conductor) Sony 8869775552
Lorenzo Fernández: Excerpt from Batuque (Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra; Keri Lynn Wilson, conducting) Dorian 5850
Pixinguinha: Excerpt from Um a Zero (Pixinguinha, flute) (Latin Jazz Roots Latino)
Revueltas: Excerpt from Sensemaya (Mexico Festival Orchestra; Enrique Batiz, conductor) Naxos 8.550838
The Sound of the Pampas
The Pampas, the huge plains that extend throughout the southern part of Brazil, Uruguay and central Argentina, are (or were) the domains of the gauchos, the southern cowboys. Since the last decades of the 19th century, composers from Rio de la Plata have been reflecting that sonic world with the tools of the symphonic music. These program features music by Alberto Ginastera, Julián Aguirre and Eduardo Fabini among others.