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Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul)

Alondra De La Parra Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Conductor: Alondra De La Parra
  • Composer: Alondra De La Parra
  • Audio CD (August 3, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B003T8BWRK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Came From Mexico 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great music January 12, 2011
By Fred
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Sampling of Contemporary Mexican Music. October 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb music, superb performances, superb sound.
Before buying this album in 2011, I was completely unfamiliar with Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joseph Kline PhD, MD
4.0 out of 5 stars Great works by great composers
Because it is a good compilation of classical Mexican music that goes unnoticed when classical music is talked about worldwide.
Published 8 months ago by Elias Soria
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances of fine music
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 more
Published 15 months ago by Leslie Gerber
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation of Mexican classical music
Let me state upfront that I bought this album because of this album's conductor, Alondra de la Parra (more on that later). Read more
Published 21 months ago by Paul Allaer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Feminine Perspective
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 more
Published 22 months ago by Dan
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, atmospheric music on the light classical side (it could be...
I see that the NY Times named this 2-CD set as one of the best recordings of 2010. The lead reviewer is right to point out that the orchestra isn't first rate (to be very kind) and... Read more
Published on November 28, 2010 by Santa Fe Listener
4.0 out of 5 stars Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul)
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... Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by hockey
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