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SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)

Composer(s):Sierra, Roberto
Artist(s) Guerrero, Giancarlo, Conductor • Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559738
Label Naxos
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Over the last decade the music of the Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra has become internationally admired, and this has led to prestigious commissions and performances around the world. Fandangos was heard at the BBC Proms in London and employs a harpsichord work attributed to Antonio Soler as a departure for a richly inventive orchestral fantasy. The dramatic Sinfonía No 4 was described by ArtsNowNashville as ‘a textbook example of how this composer breathes new life into old forms. The piece is basically a classic Germanic symphony imbued with Spanish sensibilities and reinvigorated with new harmonies and rhythms.’ Robert Schumann is subtly evoked in Carnaval, five character pieces that explore mythical creatures, both menacing


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Review By rgraves321,January 2014

Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra writes in an original post-romantic style that reminds me of Villa-Lobos and Chavez -- but only a little. "Fandangos" which opens the album may be inspired by the music of Spain, but it's no pastiche. Sierra incorporates characteristic melodic turns into his music, giving it spice. The feel of the dance is there, making this a rousing curtain-raiser.

The Sinfonia No. 4 also has some Spanish elements in it. the third movement "Tiempo de Bolero" for example, emulates the rhythms of that dance. And the final movement uses gestures from Latino dance orchestra -- the piano playing rhythmic punctuations in octaves, and extensive use of Latin percussion, such as bongos, congas, and claves.

"Carnaval" is a set of five more....

Review By David R. Dunsmore, MusicWeb International,December 2014

This [is] a hugely enjoyable CD…[and] Sierra’s work certainly deserves more public performances and I look forward to hearing again from him. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Review By Clara Berea, Ritmo,October 2014

Un solo concierto puede cambiar tu vida o al menos tu carrera. Posiblemente eso le sucedió al compositor portorriqueño afincado en Estados Unidos Roberto Sierra, cuando en 2002 se estrenó en los Proms de Londres su obra Fandangos. Sierra reivindica en esta pieza orquestal su raíz hispánica con una música de curso dinámico y cambiante y una orquestación directa y transparente. Fandangos se ha ido haciendo un hueco en numerosas orquestas de todo el mundo y ya merecía una buena versión discográfica, como la que nos brinda Giancarlo Guerrero, un maestro experto en la música norteamericana actual, quien saca un gran partido de una orquesta menor como la de Nashville que, sin embargo, acomete este

Review By Bert Bailey, MusicWeb International,June 2014

…these live Nashville Symphony Orchestra recordings under Giancarlo Guerrero show Sierra to be a composer to watch. The sound is crisp, and beautifully-layered. If you’re wondering what’s new and thrilling in the symphonic tradition, this release is definitely one not to miss. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Review By Phillip Scott, Fanfare,May 2014

Naxos produces some of their best results in Nashville, and here everyone is on top form. Guerrero galvanizes the orchestra to play with all the requisite style and brilliance, and the music itself is both substantial and fun. I fervently hope we will see more Sierra from these forces. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Review By Laurence Vittes, Gramophone,May 2014

Recorded live at Laura Turner Hall, the Nashville Symphony showcases its impressive command of colour, amplitude and virtuosity in three big orchestral pieces by Roberto Sierra…

The superb orchestral playing and Giancarlo Guerrero’s balance and care at the quieter moments are spotlighted in Naxos’s stunning sound. The composer’s booklet-note bespeaks a learned, poetic mind. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Review By Allen Gimbel, American Record Guide,May 2014

This is an enjoyable release and should please listeners seeking professionally made and recorded recent music with a minimum of challenges. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Review By Remy Franck, Pizzicato,January 2014

Der 1953 geborene puertoricanische Komponist Roberto Sierra mag zwar in Europa studiert haben und von 1979 bis 1982 Schüler von György Ligeti an der Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg gewesen sein, in den drei Werken, die auf dieser CD zu hören sind, zeigt er wenig europäischen Einfluss und offenbart sich quasi zu 100% als Puertoricaner. Heiße Rhythmen prägen seine Musik. In den Fandangos von 2009 verwundert das natürlich nicht. Der spanische Tanz wird etwas modernisiert, mit lateinamerikanischen Sounds gemischt, sogar mit einigen Dissonanzen verziert und leitet so das Programm fulminant ein. Die 4. Symphonie, die 2009 vom ‘Nashville Symphony Orchestra’ uraufgeführt wurde, ist auch ein betont rhythmisches, überaus

Die fünf Sätze seiner Tondichtung ‘Carnaval’ leitet er von mystischen Kreaturen ab, wie man sie als Gebäudedekoration oft sieht. Entsprechend ist das Werk durchaus keine heitere Faschingsmusik, sondern Musik von flammender Rhythmik, mit zum Tel bedrohlichem Charakter, die jedoch auch mysteriös-enigmatische Passagen enthält. Auch das ist ein tolles Stück Musik.

Die drei Werke werden vom ‘Nashville Symphony Orchestra’ mit spürbarer Begeisterung gespielt. Die Tonaufnahmen sind etwas eng, aber dennoch von guter Qualität.

Wer lateinamerikanische Symphonik entdecken will, wird sicherlich von der CD nicht enttäuscht werden. © 2014 Pizzicato

Review By Remy Franck, Pizzicato,January 2014

Symphonic music with a good plain Latin-American touch, gorgeous rhythms and bright colors. Roberto Sierra is definitely an amazing composer, worth to be discovered. © 2014 Pizzicato

Review By Byzantion , MusicWeb International,December 2013

SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero) 8.559738
SIERRA: New Music with a Caribbean Accent 8.559263

These two Naxos discs, one brand-new, one first released half a dozen years ago, represent fifty per cent of this ever-obliging label’s releases to date dedicated to Sierra’s works.

Review By John Pitcher, ArtsNash,December 2013

Sinfonia No. 4, which the NSO commissioned and premiered, is a textbook example of the composer’s style. Sierra takes the template of an 18th-century, four-movement Germanic symphony and transforms it, substituting a bolero for the traditional minuet while coating the entire piece in brilliant orchestral colors. Guerrero and the NSO are in their element in this music, performing every note with just the right mix of virtuosity and sensuality.


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