This program features prominent performers and/or conductors in their roles as composers and vice-versa. Admirers of guitar giant Eduardo Fernández perhaps are not so familiar with the music he composes. José Serebrier is a highly acclaimed conductor, winner of multiple awards. However, the fact that he is Uruguayan and also a prolific composer is not so widely known.
Heitor Villa-Lobos used to wear more than two hats: composer, conductor, teacher, programmer, bureaucrat. Fiesta! presents him conducting his own Bachianas Brasileiras No.5.
Prominent composer and conductor Leo Brouwer was also a star of the guitar until the mid-70’s, when he stopped playing. Un-like Brouwer, Andrés Segovia continued performing throughout his life. His arrangements for the guitar became very popular, but not so much his own original compositions.
Considered one of the best Latin American conductors of all times, Eduardo Mata was also a serious composer. He studied with Carlos Chávez and Gunther Schuller, among others. In the last few years his music is –finally- receiving the attention its deserves.
Eduardo Fernandez: Astor Visits Heitor
Shin-Ichi Fukuda and Eduardo Fernandez, guitars
Jose Serebrier: Passacaglia, Perpetuum Mobile
Toulouse National Orchestra
Jose Serebrier, conductor
Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
Aria (Cantilena); Danca (Martelo)
Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Francaise, Heitor Villa-Lobos, conductor
Victoria de los Angeles, soprano
Leo Brouwer: Exaedros I
Leo Brouwer, guitar
Andres Segovia: Estudio sin luz;
Christopher Parkening, guitar
Eduardo Mata: Sonata para piano
Mauricio Nader, piano