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REVUELTAS, S.: Coronela (La) / Caminos (Itinerarios) / Colorines (Santa Barbara Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Ben-Dor)

Composer(s):Revueltas, Silvestre
Artist(s) Ben-Dor, Gisele, Conductor • English Chamber OrchestraSanta Barbara Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletOrchestral
Catalogue 8.572250
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Dubbed ‘The Mexican Falla’, Silvestre Revueltas lived hard and died young in poverty. His music was revolutionary, embracing the ‘vulgarity’ of the people and rejecting colonialist cultural models. His unfinished ballet La Coronela (The Lady Colonel) follows a scenario of skeleton figures involving the overthrow of the ‘decadent bourgeois’ by the working class. This recording is the first to adhere faithfully to the reconstruction by Eduardo Hernández Moncada and José Limantour, the only surviving version of the work. Itinerarios (Travel Diary), a solemn, intensely lyrical work, and the symphonic poem Colorines mark the beginning and end of his most fertile creative period.


Review By Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus,Journal of the Society for American Music,March 2013

Perhaps the most important contribution made by Ben-Dor’s recording is that it includes one of very few existing recordings of Colorines (Red Beans, 1932) for small orchestra, brilliantly performed by the musicians of the English Chamber Orchestra. But rarity is not the main virtue of this selection. This composition happens to represent one of the composer’s most daring aesthetic undertakings, and furthermore, one that stands out provocatively among the avant-gardes of the Americas at the time. © The Society for American Music

Review By Rémy Louis,Diapason,July 2010



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