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Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul) CD

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Huapango
  2. Melodía, Op. 1
  3. Intermezzo de Atzimba
  4. Imagenes
  5. Concierto del Sur for Guitar and Orchestra; I. Allegretto
  6. Concierto del Sur for Guitar and Orchestra; II. Andante
  7. Concierto del Sur for Guitar and Orchestra; III. Allegro moderato e festivo
  8. Sobre las Olas

Disc: 2

  1. Danzón No. 2
  2. Sensemaya
  3. Suite De Caballos Del Vapor
  4. Sinfonía No. 2
  5. Concierto para Piano
  6. Clepsydra
  7. Ínguesu

Product Details

  • Conductor: Alondra De La Parra
  • Composer: Alondra De La Parra
  • Audio CD (August 3, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • ASIN: B003T8BWRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By goodmusicman on August 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Conductor Alondra De La Parra's recording debut on this 2-CD set from Sony Classical features an excellent overview of Mexican classical music, from its inception in the late 19th century to the present. Parra conducts the orchestra she formed, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, in famous and lesser known works from the gamut of the Mexican repertoire, delivering first-rate, and sometimes exceptional, performances of all works featured here. Those who are looking to introduce themselves to the world of Mexican orchestral music should buy this CD set without hesitation. Most of the works featured are relatively unknown and are performed very well. Parra, who is Mexican, clearly has a close affinity for this music and these recordings convey that affinity well.

Several works are more well-known, including Revueltas's "Sensemaya" and Marquez's "Danzon No. 2," both of which were included in Gustavo Dudamel's "Fiesta" CD (a compilation of Latin orchestral music). I prefer Parra's Sensemaya, as it, like Dudamel's, is on the slower side, but succeeds in conveying both menace and excitement, while I found Dudamel's account to be lacking in the latter quality. I still prefer Enrique Batiz's account on Naxos above them all, as it is as pulse-poundingly exciting as classical music gets, with tempos nearly a minute faster than Dudamel and Parra. Dudamel toys with the tempos in Danzon, making it sound like a Latin dance piece that is only vaguely related to traditional classical music--and some may prefer it this way. I prefer Parra's, which conveys both the dance rhythms and the classical structure simultaneously.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2011
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There are a lot of countries that have been known as hot beds of classical music, but many of them have tended to be European, Russian, or American. And Mexico, the great if often troubled nation that is directly below us on the map, is not normally thought of as one of those classical music hot beds. Into this breach, however, has stepped in Mexican-American conductor Alondra De La Parra with her own Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas to let it be known that Mexico has indeed produced a good deal of modern classical music in its time, much of it extremely accessible to audiences north of the border. Indeed, the 2-CD collection here, titled "Mi Alma Mexicana" or "My Mexican Soul", while it might get confused with any number of Mexican mariachi records, crams a great deal of music in that it almost feels as if Ms. De La Parra might become the female equivalent to Leopold Stokowski.

Well, perhaps that's a little hyperbole on my part. Nevertheless, this collection is likely to get American audiences more interested than ever in the Mexican approach. The vibrant combination of Spanish and Mayan rhythms that make up both the Mexican style of classical music and, subsequently, the mariachi and ranchera styles that eventually filtered into American popular and classical music too. Among the works featured here are one of the great classical guitar concertos, Manuel Ponce's "Concierto Del Sur", very much the Mexican equivalent of Joaquin Rodrigo's "Concierto De Aranjuez", with Pablo Saenz Villegas as the soloist; "Sensemaya" by Silvestre Revueltas, which may very well have influenced John Williams and his scores to Steven Spielberg's films JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD; "Huapango" by Jose Pablo Moncayo; and the most recent work, the 2006 Piano Concerto of Eugenio Touissant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fred on January 12, 2011
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The orchestra on this CD was formed by the conductor to allow for the music of composers from south of the border to be appreciated. This CD illustrates why this is important. The music is exciting and very very well conducted. We had the pleasure to experience her talents conducting the Dallas Symphony this past fall and she selected two numbers from this collection as part of her program. That performance was a most pleasurable experience. Her talent with our orchestra is illustrated by her talent with her orchestra that plays on this CD. If you like exciting music with a bit of a Latin flavor, you will love this CD as I have.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By hockey on September 18, 2010
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A brilliant recording of the history of special Mexican music from the past 200 years. Alondra de la Parra, artistic director
of Philarmonic Orchestra of the Americas, did brilliant analysis of historic Mexican music and then made a marvelous selection
of what she believed would give people a wide range of the country's creative music.

The orchestra, founded in 2004 by Alondra, played wonderfully in this superb Sony recording. I highly recommend this for people
who would like to add more international diversity to their music hearts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2011
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Alondra de la Parra is a conductor of her own orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and is widely compared with Gustavo Dudamel for her firebrand, committed presence on the podium. She is intensely musical and brings to us a collection of works by both well-known and newer composers. This listener purchased the CD after hearing the world premiere of Enrico Chapela's MAGNETAR, a concerto for electric cello and orchestra performed by Johannes Moser and Gustavo Dydamel at the helm of the LA Philharmonic. That piece is so extraordinarily exciting that it begs for more exposure to this brilliant young Mexican composer.

On this two CD set Chapela is represented by a work titled 'Ínguesu', a symphonic poem whose musical themes are based on both Mexican and Brazilian folk music ostinatos, 'as well as in very-well-known-by-every-Mexican courses and chants that occur in soccer stadiums throughout the country, e.g. "La mantada", "El lero-lero", "El Q-lero" and "Ínguesu". These musical items are truly popular themes that you can hear not only in stadiums, but also in every traffic jam, quarrel and demonstration occurred in Mexico; hence they are nationalistic and contemporary in nature.' It is a brilliant and controversially advanced piece of music that at first hearing is so rich in atmosphere that the composer wins over the audience with his enthusiasm.

Also included on this spicy recording are the Silvestre Revueltas's 'Sensemaya', Manuel Ponce's 'Concierto Del Sur' for guitar and orchestra, José Pablo Moncayo's 'Huapango', Carlos Chávez's 'El Tropico', Candelario Huizar's 'Imagenes', Arturo Márquez's 'Danzon No. 2', Eugenio Toussaint's Concerto for Prepared Piano and Orchestra, and other works equally as exciting. This recording is form Sony, is well mastered, and deserves wide attention, not only for the repertoire but also as a tribute to Alondra de la Parra! Grady Harp, October 11
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