Music of the Americas (2018)

Revueltas, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Bernstein

Houston Symphony

Andres Orozco-Estrada

 For this new recording of ‘Music of the Americas’ we decided to feature four contrasting works - two of which are very well known - Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The other two works are perhaps much less familiar - these being Tangazo by the Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla and Sensemaya? by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. In choosing these particular works, we have tried not to cover the entire continent but rather to provide ‘impressions’ of America and to ‘illuminate’ as many colours in the music as possible.

The common denominator in all of these works is the rhythm which is highly articulated, flexible and energised. These ‘American’ rhythms actually have their roots in Africa - therefore the richness of this repertoire lies very much in its connection to so many musical traditions.

Andres Orozco-Estrada

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Houston Symphony

Houston Symphony Led by Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the Houston Symphony continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras. Founded in 1913, the Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas, and it offers a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. While the Symphony’s home base is Jones Hall for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston, the orchestra serves the entire Greater Houston region, regularly performing at locations around the community. As a cultural ambassador for the city and region, the Houston Symphony has toured extensively, from road tours to military bases in Texas and Louisiana during World War II, to 16 performances at Carnegie Hall. International appearances include concerts in Singapore, Moscow and Japan, in addition to European tours with stops in England, France, Holland, Germany and Austria. In 2010, the Symphony embarked on a seven-city, eight-concert tour through the United Kingdom, performing The Planets – An HD Odyssey to sold-out concert halls. The full-time ensemble of 87 musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances annually.

Andres Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada began his tenure as Music Director of the Houston Symphony in the 2014-2015 Season, and he immediately established a dynamic presence on the podium and a deep connection with musicians and audiences. Orozco-Estrada carefully curates his programs to feature engaging combinations of classical masterworks paired with the music of today, significant artistic collaborations with contemporary composers and guest artists, and innovative use of multimedia and visual effects, all in order to make meaningful connections with the audience. A natural communicator, Orozco-Estrada engages in direct conversation about music with the audience. In addition to his post in Houston, Orozco-Estrada is chief conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Orozco-Estrada burst onto the international scene with two substitutions with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. The first substitution was his debut in 2010, standing in for Esa-Pekka Salonen; the second was in 2012, stepping in for Riccardo Muti at the Musikverein in Vienna. Orozco-Estrada now appears with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestras, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome, and the Orchestre National de France. Recent successful debuts have included the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic. In the summer of 2014, he also made his debut at Glyndebourne Festival Opera conducting Don Giovanni and was immediately re-invited to conduct La Traviata in 2017. In May 2017, he will make his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in Medellin, Colombia, Orozco-Estrada began his musical studies on the violin, and started conducting at age 15. At 19, he entered the Vienna Music Academy, where he studied with Uroš Lajovic (pupil of the legendary Hans Swarowsky), and he went on to complete his degree with distinction conducting the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein. photo: Anthony Ratbun
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Music of the Americas (2018)

Revueltas, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Bernstein

Houston Symphony

Digital Converters: Horus
Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Mark Donahue
Producer: Dirk Sobotka
Recording Engineer: Mark Donahue
Recording location: Jesse Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Houston, Texas
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD

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Sensemaya
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - I. Prologue
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - II. Somewhere
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - III. Scherzo
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - IV. Mambo
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - V. Cha-cha
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - VI. Meeting Scene
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - VII. Cool
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - VIII. Fugue
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - IX. Rumble
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Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - X. Finale
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Tangazo - Variations on Buenos Aires
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An American in Paris
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