The influences on the work of Mario Lavista (b. 1943), Mexico's leading contemporary composer, range from mediaeval, religious and folk music to modernism. His music has a powerful sense of atmosphere and colour — the Second String Quartet, Reflejos de la noche, is played entirely on harmonics — and a vigorous rhythmic drive reminiscent of the quartet-writing of Shostakovich.
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, string quartet
Catalogue No: TOCC0106EAN/UPC: 5060113441065Release Date: 13.06.2011Composer: Mario Lavista Artists: Cuarteto Latinoamericano
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String Quartet No. 3, Música para mi vecino (1995) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0106/TOCC0106t02.mp3
String Quartet No. 5, Siete invenciones (1998) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0106/TOCC0106t08.mp3
String Quartet No. 6, Suite en cinco partes (1999) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0106/TOCC0106t16.mp3
William Zagorski :
“All composers inherit the music of the past along with that of their own time. From that, the best of them forge their own inimitable languages, pushing the envelope forward and becoming the classics of the future. Mario Lavista is, unequivocally, in that category. The sound is excellent — close up, but with lots of air and color. I can’t imagine better performances of this most intriguing and satisfying music. So here you have it — the complete string quartet output to date of Mario Lavista in Want List-quality performances. So, do yourself a favor…” —William Zagorski, Fanfare
“In broader terms, there really ought to be many more discs of Lavista’s original music available. The Brodsky Quartet notably recorded the Second Quartet on Orchid ORC100012 recently, but others here may well be firsts. At any rate, this Toccata disc must be the foundation stone of a Lavista collection, which itself should be part of any serious music lover’s plans.” —Byzantion, MusicWeb International
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