Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul) CD
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I played alternate performances on you tube. She clearly knows her mexican music. It has a less symphonic sound more towards the popular or folk. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Guillermo Monter
Watching Alondra de la Parra conduct an orchestra is ridiculous. Evidently, she is more interested in looking composed and smiling regardless of the mood of the music she's... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Diego Solis
The first time I listened to it I was not sure about what to think because it doesn't include the popular classical Mexican music. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Moya
Before buying this album in 2011, I was completely unfamiliar with Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
Because it is a good compilation of classical Mexican music that goes unnoticed when classical music is talked about worldwide.Published on January 8, 2014 by Elias Soria
This is an excellent collection of Mexican orchestral music. Not all the pieces are equally worthwhile but the chance to hear Revueltas performed this well is worth the (bargain)... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Leslie Gerber
Let me state upfront that I bought this album because of this album's conductor, Alondra de la Parra (more on that later). Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by Paul Allaer
This first album by female Mexican conductor de la Parra is a triumph. I mean it in the most positive sense when I say that the music has a subtle feminine quality which makes it... Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Dan