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Piano Trios 1-3 & Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo (Naxos)
" ...in these three trios [Roberto Sierra] achieves a consistency of qualitynot always found in modern chamber musc...In modern times only Ravel, Shostakovich and Martinu have convincingly essayed the form, so Sierra's three beautifullly balaced trios, composed between 1991 and 2008, are a real find." — International Piano Magazine.
"...Sierra offers a work of strong musical contrasts consistently pointing outward while its core remains in place. Piano Trio No 3, Romántico (2008), written for the Madrid-based Trío Arbós, synthesis the sweeping gestures of the First Trio with the extended tonality of the Second, running full circle through the composer’s musical world. By turns rhythmically solid and melodically free, Sierra’s music proves listeners can accept any extension of tonality as long as it swings." — Gramphone.
The CD contains Trio Tropical, Trio No. 2, and Trio No. 3 "Romántico", in addition to Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo for violin and piano. Click here to read more commentaries on this Naxos release featuring the Trio Arbós from Spain. Click here to purchase.
Habanera nocturna (Trio Tropical)
Juego (Trio No. 2)
Con gran sentimiento, como un bolero (Trio No. 3)
Fanfarria, aria y movimiento perpetuo
Concerto for Saxohones and Orchestra & Caribbean Rhapsody (Emarcy)
"On the album, the saxophonist's improvisational strength, and mingling of smoky, romantic cajolings and brusque free-jazz outbursts, neutralises the engulfing impact orchestras sometimes have on jazz soloists. So, however, does Sierra's writing, which grasps the percussive drive of jazz and Caribbean music, while letting Carter's rapturous side float on clouds of buoyant strings. Sierra's saxophone concerto has Carter twisting through jagged Stravinskyesque chords, musing on fragile soprano and sumptuous tenor, stamping against strutting bassoons, and charging into a snorting tenor blues at the close… It's a stylish success in a crossover territory often fraught with pitfalls." — The Guardian (UK).
Click here to read more reviews about this spectacular release on Emarcy (Universal Music Group) of Concerto for Saxphones and Orchestra and Caribbean Rhapsody with James Carter and Regina Carter as Soloist, accompanied by Sinfonia Varsovia conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero and the Akua Dixon Quintet. Click here to purchase.
Rítmico (Concerto for Saxophones and Orchestra)
Fast (with Swing)
Con pasión, como un bolero de amor (Caribbean Rhapsody)
Missa Latina (Naxos)
"... we have a powerful, colorful, deeply felt and brilliantly communicative Mass by the Puerto Rican-born Roberto Sierra, in a spectacular performance."— Fanfare (Want List from Henry Fogel)
"If as a result of hearing a disc you wish to seek out more by the composer and performers involved then surely the CD must be deemed a success."..."Here is an early entrant for best new composition of the year—Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina…"— MusicWeb International
"It’s exhilarating and fun. One Washington Post critic wrote, 'I can’t imagine anybody who starts listening to the Missa Latina wanting to turn it off before it’s over.' I couldn’t say it better."— The Philadelphia Inquirer
Hear samples from this amazing recording with the Milwakee Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Delfs. Click here to purchase.