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The Latin Album

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Boston Pops Orchestra ~ Latin Album

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Even their harshest critics can't accuse Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops of not trying to have fun. On The Latin Album, they tackle a repertoire that includes big-band favorites and compositions from Piazzolla, Perez Prado, and Aaron Copland (in the form of El Salon México). These are mostly dance tunes, filled with crashing percussion, Latin rhythms, and familiar melodies. To their credit, the Boston Pops get this fiesta right about half the time--opening with Alberto Ginastera's "Malambo," they set a furious, rollicking mood that's heavy on the percussion. They shine on Jacob Gade's "Jalousie" (an early hit for Lockhart predecessor Arthur Fiedler) and on the more atmospheric "Mi Cambio" by César Villalobos. Unfortunately, their arrangement of Piazzolla's "Oblivion" is about as subtle as the music found in soap operas (and about as exciting) and "Perfidia" is a disappointment, "smooth" but hardly sultry. Still, the Pops know how to play their brassy, rhythmic showpieces, and the recorded sound here is excellent. --Jason Verlinde
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 67 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004WFO2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,239 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By James Yowell Yelvington VINE VOICE on July 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
First, bear in mind that this is a "pops" program: its purpose is mainly to provide musical entertainment of pretty high quality but of less than profound message. I would suggest that it carries out this function perhaps at least three-quarters of the time. The sound quality is excellent: the recording engineers and the Boston Symphony instrumentalists (as well as two fine guest groups) give us wonderful, ear-filling sonic textures. If we ignore musical interpretation, this is a great-sounding disk! That takes care of much of the "high quality" part of the pops experience.

Another plus is the liner notes. They are very informative and well-written, an unusual thing to find with such a disk of light music.

As to interpretation and musical character, we have a mixed bag. While many of the tracks are really quite good, there are a few which leave something to be desired. I'll give my reaction to each one.

Malambo is quite a good performance and interpretation. It is an interesting, exciting, and musically imaginative part of Ginastera's "Estancia," a standard of concert repertoire.

Oblivion is quite well done, too. The choice of soprano sax--not my favorite instrument--to carry the melody was well taken. It provides just the sound for this sad, bluesy song. I'm not a great fan of Piazolla's music generally, but I did like this and did not find it lacking in any way.

Granada is a well-loved Mexican standard about southern Spain, played with the participation of the excellent Mariachi Cobre. Though the result is not pure mariachi music, the piece comes off as well as one could wish, and is entirely appropriate for a pops rendition.

El Salón México is the least excusable performance here.
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By A Customer on November 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Keith Lochart and the Boston Pops Orchestra have hit pure gold with "Latin Album." It's a genuine treat to have so many semi-classical Latin favorites on one album. My only real complaint is the absence of anything from the prodigious pen of Cuba's Ernesto Lecuona; the inclusion of "Malaguena" or "Andalucia" would have more completely rounded out an otherwise exciting recording of music from or inspired by our American neighbors who reside "South of the Border."
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By A Customer on March 28, 2001
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Keith Lockhart, the Boston Pops, and the guest artists have a hit in this one! I can almost forget the snow outside when I listen to it. I loved "Jalousie!" And Mariachi Cobre stands out on "Granada" and "Son de la Negra." Five star tracks, both of them, with Steve Carrillo's great vocal work on "Granada" and the spirited interchange between the Pops and Mariachi Cobre's brass sections in "Son de la Negra." Purists may object to the combination of Latin music and an orchestra, but I think it's a treat!
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By A Customer on April 15, 2002
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I bought this CD at a stoop sale for one dollar, and then sold it at a stoop sale for a dollar or two. I am very glad that I did not pay full price (or even half price) for it. I did not think it was a bad CD, but a bland CD. Every track on it I have heard performed better elsewhere. They are like Muzak versions of great Latin works.
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