Castellanos: Santa Cruz de Pacairigua

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Castellanos: Santa Cruz de Pacairigua



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3rd Jan 2012




56 minutes


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Castellanos: Santa Cruz de Pacairigua

Castellanos, E:

Santa Cruz de Pacairigua

El Rio de las Siete Estrellas

Suite Avilena

Orquesta Sinfonica de Venezuela, Jan Wagner



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Evencio Castellanos belonged to the generation of Venezuelan composers who established a new nationalistic style in the first half of the 20th century. One of his best known works, Santa Cruz de Pacairigua pays homage to the construction of a church in Guatire, near Caracas, quoting popular dance rhythms and melodies, as well as a Venezuelan medieval carol. El Río de las Siete Estrellas (The River of the Seven Stars), inspired by a poem about the Orinoco River, describes events of pre-colonial Venezuelan history leading up to the country’s independence in 1821. The Suite Avileña, a compilation of scenes alluding to the coastal mountain of El Ávila, borrows from popular songs and Christmas carols, and features the cuatro (a four-stringed version of the European classical guitar) and maracas, two of the most typical Venezuelan folk instruments.

Evencio Castellanos: Santa Cruz de Pacairigua

Santa Cruz de Pacairigua

Evencio Castellanos: El rio de las siete estrellas

El rio de las siete estrellas

Evencio Castellanos: Avilena Suite

I. Avilena

II. La ronda de ninos

III. Nocturno

IV. Amanecer de Navidad

V. Navidad

MusicWeb International

May 2012

“The orchestra has all the chops, character, and panache required...Wagner and the orchestra are signed up for two more Naxos discs of Venezuelan music, and my question is: why only two?”

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