“My longtime collaboration with Celso Garrido-Lecca, and my commitment to his work began at the start of my career, when he was already an admired, legendary, veteran composer in Peru. In 1993, I performed one of his pieces with the New York Youth Symphony in Carnegie Hall. The following year I premièred his guitar concerto with the Lima Philharmonic at its inaugural concert. The music on this recording illustrates various facets of Garrido-Lecca’s work. Retablos Sinfónicos, Suite Peruana, and Danzas Populares Andinas all depict different territories of Peru’s geographically and musically rich lands, including the Andes and the coastal areas. In contrast, Laudes is a completely abstract piece inspired by the Tao philosopher Lao-Tzu, which the maestro once told me is actually his favorite piece in his catalogue.”
A native of Peru, Celso Garrido-Lecca is one of the foremost Ibero-American composers, successfully integrating a unique blend of musical elements that include serialism, the native sounds of the Andes, and the influence of the ‘Nueva Canción Chilena’ movement. Impressions of folk music capture celebrations of life and moments of drama in the Suite peruana and Danzas populares andinas, while Laudes II expresses praise through Chinese philosophy. The award-winning Retablos sinfónicos combines popular roots in both vocal music and dance forms driven by a cajón or wooden box-drum.
Listen to an excerpt from Retablos sinfónicos (Symphonic Tableaux):
About the Artists
GRAMMY®-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya was appointed music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and is currently chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Winner of the 2002 Seaver/NEA Conductors Award, he was previously assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic under Kurt Masur, and associate conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Norwegian Radio Orchestra is regarded by the people of Norway with a unique combination of affection and respect. Because of its remarkably diverse repertoire, the orchestra enjoys large audiences for its performances on radio, television, the internet, and at its many venues around the country. Every year the orchestra performs together with internationally acclaimed artists at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
Since its foundation, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra has served as an essential thread in the city’s cultural fabric and represents the very foundation of Fort Worth’s performing arts. Today, the orchestra is one of the most successful in the United States, performing an impressive 200 concerts each year for an audience of more than 200,000 adults and children from all walks of life.
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