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CORDERO, E.: Caribbean Concertos - Concierto Festivo / Insula / Concertino Tropical (Pepe Romero, Figueroa, I Solisti di Zagreb)

Composer(s):Cordero, Ernesto
Artist(s) Romero, Pepe, guitar • Solisti di Zagreb, IFigueroa, Guillermo, violin
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.572707
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Puerto Rican composer and guitarist Ernesto Cordero dedicated his Concierto Festivo to celebrated soloist Pepe Romero, who describes the work as having ‘divine inspiration’. These works derive their warmth of expression and rhythmic influence from the composer’s native Caribbean island, and the two violin concertos ĺnsula and Concerto Tropical both contain descriptive elements from landscape and nature. ĺnsula is dedicated to renowned violinist and conductor Guillermo Figueroa, and I Solisti di Zagreb are recognised as one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras.


Review By Stephen Schwartz,,March 2012

Cordero began the Concierto Festivo with the idea of avoiding guitar-music “clichés,”… He begins with a declamatory, stamping idea—Bartók translated to Latin America. I especially like a particular effect: little “screams” from the violins punctuating the main idea. The second movement, gently glum and similar in feeling to, say, the Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez but slightly more “pop” in idiom, alternates between the intimate and the stately. The third movement begins austerely… The longest movement of the three, it meanders the most as well, but a consistently high level of invention keeps a listener from tuning out.


Review By John J. Puccio,Classical Candor,February 2012

Here’s a pleasant surprise: Three pieces of modern classical music that are harmonic, rhythmic, and accessible, delights to listen to…The first movement of the Concierto, Allegro elegante…surprising one at each turn…The finale, Energico, is just that—energetic—as well as the longest movement of the piece…Insula: Suite Concertante…looks at different parts of the island, different landscapes, making the music quite picturesque. The meditative parts are particularly lovely and haunting in Figueroa’s hands…Concertino Tropical [is]…the briefest and most vibrant of the music on the disc…a clear and well-defined presentation in a pleasantly resonant acoustic, with



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