Diálogos: A Collection of Mexican Chamber
Music for Violin and Piano is the work
of IU’s Latin American Music Center, a collection of Mexican chamber music for
violin and piano, performed by violinist Alan Snow and pianist Joanne Chang.
You know you’ll get variety when you go through the list of composers included:
Silvestro Revueltas, Manuel Ponce, Mario Lavista, Jose Sabre Marroquin, Rodolfo
Halffter, Carlos Chavez, Leonardo Coral, Samuel Zyman, and Felipe Villanueva,
all but Villanueva composers who lived most or all of their entire life in the
20th century. Villanueva’s short life span covered 1862 to 1893.
Hispanic temperament and rhythms, traditional classicism and
neo-classicism, impressionism, romanticism, abstract modernism, contemporary
experimentalism, artistic acknowledgements to a giant like Stravinsky: all
these can be found in the music on this refreshing CD, covering historically a
volatile creative period from the late 19th century into the early 21st. Snow
and Chang, the two starring artists, meet their wide-ranging repertoire with
integrity, class, and dash. Recorded in Auer Hall. (LAMC)