Homenaje a Revueltas (2004)

Revueltas

Ebony Band

Werner Herbers

Silvestre Revueltas was born on New Years eve of 1899 in Santiago Papasquiaro in the Northern Mexican province of Durango. He began playing the violin at the age of eight and studied violin and composition between 1918 and 1922 at the Chicago Music College. In the 1920s he toured as a violin soloist and conductor through the southern United States and Mexico, until the composer Carlos Chavez, at that time Mexicos most important musical authority, asked him to come back to Mexico to be his assistant with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Mxico. This orchestras recent establishment was very much part of a movement which, following the revolution of the teens, was concerned with providing the fledgling Mexican state with a distinctive identity. Revueltas became aware that this endeavor would not be served by re-interpretations of European classics, and concluded that he himself could make an important contribution by devoting himself to composition. In the 10 following years he produced an oeuvre, composed at a feverish pace, in which he used his knowledge of European music to create an effective, sober musical style which strongly expressed his love for the Mexican cultural heritage...

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Ebony Band

The Ebony Band was founded in 1990 by Werner Herbers. Its core is made up of musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The ensemble specializes in modern, adventurous music primarily from the first half of the 20th century. Special attention is focused on the (frequently unjustly) forgotten music of lesser known composers, deemed to be worthy of revival. The Ebony Band devoted many programs to German and Czech music at the time of the Weimar Republic, which the nazis called ‘degenerated music’. Other programs focused on composers involved in the Spanish Civil War, Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas and unknown Russians from the twenties. Several concerts have been given in collaboration with actors, dancers and writers, or with the addition of slide or film projection. The Ebony Band has also performed short operas, semi-staged (Wolpe, Gronostay, Grosz) and radioplays (Seiber, Gronostay, Kahn, Goehr). Many of the ensembles recordings have been awarded prizes: Edisons, Gramophone’s Editors Choice, Diapason d’Or. The extended Ebony Big Band played and recorded jazz influenced music by cool-jazz composers (Carisi, Russo, Russell) and repertoire of the legendary Innovations Orchestra of Stan Kenton (Graettinger, Rugolo, Marks). After 17 years of performing in Europe (Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague and all over the Netherlands) and North America (New York, Toronto), the group stopped regular concert giving. The goal of the group now is the registration of detailed information about the music of the interbellum on record and the internet (www.ebonyband.nl).

Werner Herbers

Werner Herbers studied oboe at theAmsterdam Muzieklyceum (with Jaap and Haakon Stotijn) as well as piano and conducting. Herbers was appointed principal oboe of the Royal Concertgebouworchestra in 1970.As a soloist he played with conducturs such as Haitink, Harnoncourt, Berio,Leitner, Van Otterloo, Albrecht, DeWaart and Vonk.  Until the group disbanded in 1988,Herbers was co-leader and oboist of the famous Netherlands WindEnsemble, touring all over Europe,Australia, Japan and the U.S.In 1990 Herbers founded a new group, the Ebony Band. Under his direction the group made its international appearance in Germany and Belgium, as well as Vienna, Prague, Paris, Toronto and New York.As a guest-conductor Herbers appeared in Berlin (Ensemble Oriol), Freiburg (Ensemble Recherche) and NewYork (music of Stefan Wolpe and his contemporaries with the Capriccio Players).

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Homenaje a Revueltas (2004)

Revueltas

Ebony Band

    Klassik.com

das spiel der von Werner Herbers geleitenen Ebony Band einfach zu przise und souvern. Die Intonation ist bombensicher, das Zusammenspiel absolut perfekt, alles wirkt minutis einstudiert und sorgfltig ausgefhrt; die Musiker haben es tatschlich verstanden, die Musik auf den Punkt zu bringen. (...) (...) Erstaunlich ist neben der stets unbndigen rhythmischen Energie tatschlich die gerade orchestrale Klangflle, die das Ensemble zu erzeugen vermag. (...) (...) Darber hinaus bietet die SACD bereits in der Stereo-Version ein gestochen scharfes Klangbild. Das von Strgeruschen aus dem Publikum nur marginal beeintrchtigt wird.

    Das Orchester

klare Strukturierung und hrbare Freude am spiel dieser zumeist sehr heiteren, mitunter gerade witzige Musik. (...) Fono forum () ungemein lebhafte und intelligent gearbeitete Musik - Das Orchester

    Fanfare

Superb CD, each piece is full of instrumental colour and speaks in distinctive voice ()! () Outstanding performances, among the best of this repertoire committed to disc () Fanfare

    American Record Guide

the players are exquisite, execution is absolute precise, tempos are anything but dreary, and the rich, resonant engineering is also warm and balanced () () Even if you don't like Mexican music, there's something wrong if it doesn't make you want to sing or dance.

    Classics Today

Recorded live before a very well-behaved audience, Channel Classics' multichannel production defines the best in SACD technology, offering exceptional clarity and giving a tactile presence to the players without excessive emphasis coming from the rear. The percussion section sparkles, while contributions of the less assertive instruments (solo strings and harp) register naturally, in excellent balance. This outstanding and unusually interesting disc is one that the composer's many admirers should find irresistible--and it's also an excellent way to get to know Revueltas generally. Classics Today

    Klassieke Zaken

aanstekelijke composities, opzwepend Mexicaans slagwerk en zwoele dansmuziek Meeslepend.

    Gramophone - Editors Choice

Spectacularly recorded chamber works by Mexicos master of the grotesque Revueltas recordings. Heres a disc brimful of energy. If you like the sound of Stravinsky in neo-classical mode then these spiky, rhythmically vital piece by the Mexican Silvestre Revueltas (1899-1940) will be just up your street. And given the fire that these players (many from Amsterdams Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) bring, its hard to imagine it better done. A splendid disc derived from concert performances Highly recommended.

    Brabants Dagblad

Mooi aan de muziek van Revueltas is dat overal zijn Mexicaanse achtergrond hoorbaar is. een cd van een van de weinige serieuzefeel good componisten () () De Ebony Band speelt olv Werner Herbers uiterst aanstekelijk. Parool (...) Wie deze kamermuziek van Revueltas niet kent, MOET deze cd beluisteren. Alle werken erop intrigeren (...)

    The Guardian

musical charm, humour and an originality that ranks him along the leading composers from the Americas in the period between the two world wars. (...) The Guardian

Homenaje a Revueltas (2004)

Revueltas

Ebony Band

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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - Sensemayá
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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - Ocho por radio
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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - Planos
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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - Caminando
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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - Este era un rey
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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - Hora de Junio
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Chamberworks Of Silvestre Reueltas - El renacuajo paseador
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Pieza Para Docce Instrumentos - Lento
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Pieza Para Docce Instrumentos - Deciso e ben ritmato
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Pieza Para Docce Instrumentos - Allegretto
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Pieza Para Docce Instrumentos - Allegro
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Pieza Para Docce Instrumentos - Preludio y Fuga rítmicos (J. Pomar)
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Homenaje A Frederico Garcia Lorca - Baile
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Homenaje A Frederico Garcia Lorca - Duelo por García Lorca
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Homenaje A Frederico Garcia Lorca - Son
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