EVENCIO CASTELLANOS (1915-1984): Suite Avileña, Santa Cruz de Pacarigua, El Río de las Siete Estrellas.
Catalogue Number: 02N009
Description: These bright, often highly rhythmic, evocative and colorful works, dripping with folk music of Venezuela, will be a must-have for anyone who loves the music of Mexican (and Central American) composers of the early to mid 20th century. A prominent member of the second generation of Venezuelan nationalistic composers, Castellanos' orchestral works are permeated by folk music as are these two tone-poems and suite. Santa Cruz (1954) pays tribute to a church and it has two bright and folk-dance-derived outer sections with a lyrical and reflective center, based on a waltz melody; a medieval Lauda Sion is quoted over incessant drumming in its almost frenzied finale. Some of this will make you think of Revueltas. El Río (1946) was inspired by a poem about a mythical pre-colonial figure, the daughter of an Indian chief, through whom a tale about seven periods in the history of the Orinoco River is narrated; tubular bells and celesta add to the romantic color. The 24-minute Suite of 1947 is in five movements and makes use of maracas and the four-stringed guitar, the cuatro. Songs of flower vendors are followed by children's songs, a nocturnal, serenade-like joropo with the final two movements dealing in Venezuelan Christmas songs. Venezuela Symphony Orchestra; Jan Wagner.