Luis Carlos Figueroa, born in 1923, is one of the senior figures in Colombian music, much esteemed as composer, pianist and teacher. His works marry spontaneous lyrical charm — perhaps with a French twist from his student days in Paris — with vibrant South American folk influences, thus siting him downstream from Canteloube and Villa-Lobos. His 1986 Piano Concerto, for example, combines rhythms from the Caribbean and the Valle del Cauca around his hometown of Medellin with classical forms and structures, creating a work full of passion and energy. The String Quartet is a first recording; the other works have not been released outside Colombia before.
Wilson Casallas, piano Bryan Muñoz, flute Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia, orchestra Guerassim Voronkov, conductor Cuarteto Q-Arte, string quartet
Catalogue No: TOCC0165EAN/UPC: 5060113441652Release Date: 03.06.2013Composer: Luis Carlos Figueroa Artists: Bryan Muñoz, Cuarteto Q-Arte, Guerassim Voronkov, Orquesta Sinfónica del Conservatorio Nacional de Colombia, Wilson Casallas
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Piano Concerto in A minor (1986) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0165/TOCC0165t05.mp3
Concertino for Flute, String Orchestra and Timpani (1968) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0165/TOCC0165t08.mp3
String Quartet in C Major (1956) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0165/TOCC0165t11.mp3
David DeBoor Canfield :
“…there is a thriving musical culture in the continent to the south of us that few of us up here in El Norte know much about. So thanks must be tendered to Toccata Classics for helping us fill in a lacuna in our musical knowledge… All in all, this CD is quite enjoyable throughout…. The music is the deal-maker here.” —Fanfare
Mark L. Lehman :
“Everything on this program is direct, lively, unpretentious, fresh, lucid, charming, nicely made, and immediately pleasing to the ear…Listeners attuned to Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri, early Ginastera, and other Latin American composers of similar proclivities will find much to enjoy in Figueroa’s music, though I’d guess that the airy and melodious Piano Concerto is likely to be the favorite.” American Record Guide
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