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Garrido-Lecca: Danzas Populares Andinas

Magazine article Gramophone

Garrido-Lecca: Danzas Populares Andinas

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Danzas populares andinas (a). Laudes II (a). Retablos sinfonicos (b). Suite peruana (a)

(a) Norwegian Radio Orchestra; (b) Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra / Miguel Harth-Bedoya

Naxos (M) 8 573759 (54' * DDD)

(b) Recorded live at Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, October 29-31, 2010

Add Celso Garrido-Lecca (b1926) to the long list of Latin American composers whose music deserves our attention. I'd heard his kaleidoscopic Second String Quartet (1988) thanks to a recording by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano (New Albion), which showed the Peruvian composer to be a master of harmonic subtlety and colouristic detail. This Naxos disc presents a fuller portrait, with four orchestral pieces that display the same craftsmanship along with an unabashed melodicism that should have wide appeal.

Laudes II (1994) is perhaps closest in style to the quartet. Inspired by an aphorism from Lao-Tzu about the Tao, its musical materials are lean and angular, and its spirit is largely contemplative. The three movements each unfold rather like free-flowing variations, suggesting a stream-of-consciousness-like flow of ideas.

The disc's three other works are folkloric and reflect Garrido-Lecca's cultural roots. …

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