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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
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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.


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Review By Brian Reinhart,MusicWeb International,May 2012

You should not expect the performers to break out in a salsa dance, but ethnic Puerto Rican elements manifest themselves throughout these three short concertante works, in the peppy rhythms, sweeping violin glissandi, and especially in the evocative solo part of Concierto Festivo. This concerto features a simply marvelous guitar solo role, composed for Pepe Romero…The Concierto is a wonder: it may not have the hummable tunes of Rodrigo’s Aranjuez, but it is cut from a similar cloth. The outer movements bristle with energy and charm, complementing a gorgeous adagio lament; small-scale orchestrations successfully support and converse with the solo guitar. That adagio, especially, has some great solo moments for violins and a cellist; the closing

Ínsula is…a very lyrical work from the opening bars, with only one fast movement out of four; a ‘Meditación’ was written with Satie clearly on the composer’s mind. The finale, though, is a salsa fantasy which is a lot of fun.

… this one is just barely 50 minutes but well worth your time; the notes are marvelous and the sound is good…I’m very glad to have made acquaintance with this disc and this composer, and if you like Rodrigo, Orbón, or Roberto Sierra, or if you want to hear what music is being made in Puerto Rico, you, too, will find this a delightful surprise. © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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Review By Stephen Schwartz,ClassicalCDReview.com,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.

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