Homenaje a Revueltas - Ebony Band/Herbers
Channel Classics CCS SA 21104
Revueltas: Sensemay (1937); Ocho por radio (1933); Planos (1934); Caminando (1937); Este era un rey (ca.1940); Hora de Junio (Revueltas/Limantour) (1938/59); El renacuajo paseador (1936); Pieza para doce instrumentos (1929); Preludio y Fuga rtmicos (J. Pomar); Hommaje a Frederico Garca Lorca (1936)
Juan Carlos Tajes (reciter)
Ebony Band Amsterdam
Werner Herbers (conductor)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Caminando (1937)
- Silvestre Revueltas: El renacuajo paseador (1936)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Este era un rey (ca.1940)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Hommaje a Frederico Garca Lorca (1936)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Hora de Junio (with Limantour) (1938/59)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Ocho por radio (1933)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Pieza para doce instrumentos (1929)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Planos (1934)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Preludio y Fuga rtmicos (with J. Pomar)
- Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya (1937)
Review by Graham Williams - December 25, 2004
This is a most enterprising and worthwhile SACD of the Chamber works of Revueltas, much of whose music is hardly known.
'Sensemaya' is familiar in the full orchestral version from recordings by, for example, Stokowski and Bernstein, but here it is presented in an earlier version for fifteen instruments. In this very clear and vivid live recording it makes as much impact as with a large orchestra with incisive, tangible percussion very present. The other pieces on the disc are equally fascinating and colourful, particularly 'El renacuajo paseador' (the wandering tadpole!) and 'Caminado', while 'Pieza para doce instrumentos' inhabits the same sound world as Stravinsky’s pieces for small orchestra, albeit with a Mexican flavour.
'Hora de Junio' is the one piece in the whole collection that I personally did not care for much. A ‘reciter’ declaims three poems over the music and it also features a couple of coughs from an otherwise totally silent audience!
Channel Classics provide a quite close-miked sound for the whole disc, but it is certainly state-of-the-art, with every instrument clearly placed in the sound stage, yet it has a pleasing ambience throughout provided by the acoustic of the Tilburg Concert Hall.
The Ebony Band, Amsterdam, is obviously a group of thirty, or so, excellent musicians who really bring this music to life, and I can’t imagine the performances or the recordings being bettered.
Copyright © 2004 Graham Williams and HRAudio.net