LUIS DE PABLO (b.1930): Los Novísimos for Chorus and Orchestra, Vendaval for Orchestra.
Catalogue Number: 02M107
Reference: STR 33830
Description: Novísmos is a kind of oratorio (oddly described as an 'opera' in the notes), in four sections which describe the passages after death in Catholic doctrine, but in the order: hell; heaven; judgment; death. The declamatory, ostinato-driven first movement is very reminiscent of Orff, while the second is ethereal, transparent. The third is a study in looming, ominous textures, and the fourth returns to the relatively tonal world of the first, with a recapitulation of the opening fanfare gesture which gives way to increasingly static, harmonically immobile textures, tonal but bitterly dissonant. The six movements of Vendaval translate clearly into a four-movement symphonic form, with the first two forming an expository opening movement, owing something to Bartók and Berg. The next two movements make up a highly chromatic scherzo-intermezzo, followed by the work's slow movement, shadowy and concerned with timbre and texture. The finale is brusque and vigorous, but the most straightforwardly tonal section of the work, with a sense of battling toward a hard-won conclusion. Coro y Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid; José Ramón Encinar.