When words aren't enough

– the classic film

Revueltas – his classic score



PostClassical Ensemble
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, Conductor
Joseph Horowitz, Executive Director
“A very special film … Strand brought his camera eye, … Zinnemann brought his tremendous sensitivity to actors, … and with his score Revueltas gave the film a terrific majesty and grandeur.”
Martin Scorsese
An iconic product of the Mexican Revolution, Redes (1935) combines the talents of a master composer, Silvestre Revueltas, and a master cinematographer, Paul Strand. Its marriage of music and the moving image attains heights of epic grandeur. The co-directors are Fred Zinnemann (en route to Hollywood) and Emilio Gómez Muriel. Because dialogue rarely overlaps music, it is possible to re-record Revueltas’s galvanizing score and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural soundtrack. As the Redes concert suites by Revueltas and Erich Kleiber omit much, the present DVD is the world première recording of Revueltas’s full score, one of the highest achievements in the history of film music.

Joseph Horowitz   •   Angel Gil-Ordóñez   •   PostClassical Ensemble
About Joseph Horowitz
PostClassical Ensemble Executive Director Joseph Horowitz has long been a pioneer in classical music programming. In 2008, he inaugurated the New York Philharmonic’s “Inside the Music” series, writing, hosting and producing programmes about Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Brahms, and Stravinsky. Horowitz is also the award-winning author of ten books mainly dealing with the institutional history of classical music in the United States. He administers an NEH-funded orchestral consortium, “Music Unwound,” that supports cross-disciplinary programming (including performances of Redes with orchestra).
About Angel Gil-Ordóñez
The former Associate Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Spain, PostClassical Ensemble Music Director Angel Gil-Ordóñez has conducted symphonic music, opera and ballet throughout Europe, the United States and Latin America. He has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Opera Colorado, the Pacific Symphony, the Hartford Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the National Gallery Orchestra in Washington. In 2006, the King of Spain awarded Mr. Gil-Ordóñez the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Royal Order of Queen Isabella, for his work performing and teaching Spanish music in its
cultural context.
About the PostClassical Ensemble
Founded in 2003 as an experimental orchestral laboratory by Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Joseph Horowitz, PostClassical Ensemble’s tagline – “More than an Orchestra” – suggests its mission. PCE programming is thematic and cross-disciplinary, and maintains links to universities. Many PCE programs incorporate film, dance, or theatre. The Ensemble has presented more than 100 events in the DC area, and also toured festival programmes to New York, Seattle, and Chicago. Its most recent Naxos CD, “Dvořák and America,” [8.559777] features the world première recording of a “Hiawatha Melodrama” combining text by Longfellow with music by Dvořák; it was named one of the best CDs of the year by Minnesota Public Radio.

“[The] soundtrack is largely excellent, with the Post-Classical Ensemble exemplifying the understated, light, and precise style of playing needed for Copland’s music.”
American Music

“The performances are lively
and stylish.”

The New York Times

“Very well played and recorded”
The Penguin Guide

“The performances are
unfailingly excellent”

The Buffalo News