Mario Lavista: Complete String Quartets

Catalogue No: TOCC0106
EAN/UPC: 5060113441065
Release Date: 2011-06-13
Composer: Mario Lavista
Artists: Cuarteto Latinoamericano

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

Listen To This Recording:

  1. String Quartet No. 2, Reflejos de la noche (1984): Sempre a tempo, con una grande precisione ritmica
  2. String Quartet No. 3, Música para mi vecino (1995)

  3. Largamente, flessibile
  4. Presto
  5. Molto allegro
  6. Allegro leggiero
  7. Molto lento, flessibile
  8. String Quartet No. 4, Sinfonías (1996) Lento, da lontano, come una bruma sonora
  9. String Quartet No. 5, Siete invenciones (1998)

  10. Invención I: Presto
  11. Invención II: Motete isorritmico (Moderato)
  12. Invención III: Andante con moto
  13. Invención IV: Andante tranquillo
  14. Invención V: Presto
  15. Invención VI: Lento flessibile
  16. Invención VII: Molto allegro con brio
  17. String Quartet No. 1, Diacronía (1969): Lento
  18. String Quartet No. 6, Suite en cinco partes (1999)

  19. I. Danza
  20. II. Motete
  21. III. Canon
  22. IV. Coral
  23. V. Estudio

3 reviews for Mario Lavista: Complete String Quartets

  1. :

    ‘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 Magazine

  2. :

    ‘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

  3. :

    ‘Well-conceived, well-played and well-presented. A little gem […]

    The playing of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano is accomplished, free yet tightly directed from start to finish. Indeed, the quartet was effectively the inspiration, the impetus certainly, for most of these quartets. The players seem to have the music in their blood. It would be hard to think of more persuasive accounts.

    The booklet that comes with this CD is informative without feeling any need to rush, proselytise or over-advocate. That must be in keeping with what one senses is an aspect of Lavista’s confident and generous personality. To be judged sui generis for sure, these six works are not only different enough one from another, but also amazingly creative enough to repay repeated hearings. As an indication of new directions for the medium, they make every sense. As beautiful works in their own right, they are superb.’

    —Mark Sealey, MusicWeb International

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