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Marc Farris
American Record Guide, March 2010

…highly recommended to anyone…

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Stereophile, February 2010

Naxos’s priceless Latin-American Classics series spawned a triumph with this disc of orchestral works by Mexican composing giant Silvestre Revueltas (1899–1940). Revueltas was a musical genius who went to extremes of both vision and alcoholism, and produced a powerful and singular body of work that seems to have swallowed Stravinsky whole, digested it along with all of Mexican folk music, and thrown in some personal demons. Revueltas’s well-known Sensemayá is a dark, epic work of extraordinary orchestral color and taut suspense. Less often heard but no less potent are his film score for La Noche de los Mayas and the ballet La Coronella, both heard here in arrangements by other composers. The latter is a distillation of Revueltas’s music for the revolution-themed films Vámonos con Pancho Villa! and Los de Abajo. The percussion and brass-led finale of Mayas is some of the most brilliant orchestral writing of the 20th century…

David Denton
David's Review Corner, September 2009

You could have found Andy Teirstein balancing a guitar on his head while playing the concertina in a Mexican circus, such is the off-beat background of this American multi-talented performer and composer. It is reflected in the contents of a disc ranging from the Balkan influenced Kopanitza for violin and viola, to the Suite, a work you have to see to fully appreciate, through to Maramurs, a three movement viola ‘concerto’, based on tunes he heard from folk fiddlers on a trip to Eastern Europe. On the way we have the 3 Movements which use a string quartet and folk musician—Teirstein on this disc—playing Jew’s Harp, Harmonicas and Banjo, and a pastiche score of music from yesteryear in The Shooting of Dan McGrew using the well-known poem of Robert Service. Scored for narrator and small ensemble it is a readily likeable fun piece. In all such compilations that feature many different ensembles, both in size and style, you are likely to find some more to your taste than others, and I found What is Left of Us—a response to the events of 11th September 2001—rather too full of cliches to give me repeated pleasure. Yet as a whole it does showcase a composer much in demand both in classical and crossover music, and in this disc, produced by Teirstein at many locations, we find some dedicated performances from the Cassatt Quartet (3 Movements); the Alaria Trio (Turn Me Loose) and Daniella Farina as viola soloist in Maramures. Good sound throughout.

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