ENRIQUE GONZÁLEZ MEDINA (b.195?): Concierto Barroco, GERARDO MEZA (b.19??): Imágenes, FRANCISCO LADRÓN DE GUEVARA (b.1988): Sonata for Piano Quartet.
Catalogue Number: 12V071
Description: An attractive disc of new works associated with the enterprising all-female, Mexican Cuarteto Aurora. All the pieces are tonal, heavily inflected by their Latin origins. Enrique Gonzalez Medina's piece is 'Baroque' only in the sense that it is a suite of dances; it is the most overtly Mexican work of the three. The first movement is irresistibly, toe-tappingly lively and rhythmic, the rhythms of the ebullient outer sections and the contrasting sentimental central part announced by wood blocks and maracas respectively; the second movement is a slow, somnolent tango with a livelier, whirling jig as its'B' section; and the last, after a gentle, hymn-like introduction, concludes the work as a genially flowing fandango. Meza's three Imágenes also invoke Mexican idioms within a lush, neo-romantic idiom. A sprightly sonata-allegro is followed by a melancholy song and an easygoing folksy finale. Violinist- composer Ladrón de Guevara's Sonata is in two movements, the first a taut modified sonata structure with a decisive first subject and a more relaxed second, the harmonic language generously spiced with bitonality. The second movement is a salon-sequence waltz, undermined by some biting discords. Cuarteto Aurora.