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SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval

SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval (Nashville Symphony, Guerrero)

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2013


Nashville Symphony Orchestra


Giancarlo Guerrero


Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra



Laura Turner Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA


Record Label


Orchestral & Concertos


Total Time - 55:34
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SIERRA, R.: Sinfonía No. 4 / Fandangos / Carnaval

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Sinfonia No. 4

2 I. Moderamente rapido 06:53
3 II. Rapido 06:13
4 III. Tiempo de bolero 05:24
5 IV. Muy rapido y ritmico 04:44


6 I. Gargoyles 03:54
7 II. Sphynxes 04:21
8 III. Unicorns 06:20
9 IV. Dragons 03:00
10 V. The Phoenix 03:38
 Pietro Alessandro Guglielmi Chamber Orchestra Orchestra
 Giancarlo Guerrero Conductor

 Over the last decade the music of the Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra has become internationally admired, and this has led to prestigious commissions and performances around the world. Fandangos was heard at the BBC Proms in London and employs a harpsichord work attributed to Antonio Soler as a departure for a richly inventive orchestral fantasy. The dramatic Sinfonía No 4 was described by ArtsNowNashville as ‘a textbook example of how this composer breathes new life into old forms. The piece is basically a classic Germanic symphony imbued with Spanish sensibilities and reinvigorated with new harmonies and rhythms.’ Robert Schumann is subtly evoked in Carnaval, five character pieces that explore mythical creatures, both menacing and serene.

 "...Guerro galvanizes the orchestra to play with all the requisite style and brilliance, and the music itself is both substantial and fun. I fevently hope we will see more Sierra from these forces..."

Phillip Scott - Fanfare - May/June 2014

 "...This [is] a hugely enjoyable CD ... [and] Sierra’s work certainly deserves more public performances and I look forward to hearing again from him." 

David R Dunsmore - - December 2014

                                   Recording of the Month

"…these live Nashville Symphony Orchestra recordings under Giancarlo Guerrero show Sierra to be a composer to watch. The sound is crisp, and beautifully-layered. If you’re wondering what’s new and thrilling in the symphonic tradition, this release is definitely one not to miss..."

Bert Bailey - - June 2014

 "...Recorded live at Laura Turner Hall, the Nashville Symphony showcases its impressive command of colour, amplitude and virtuosity in three big orchestral pieces by Roberto Sierra ... The superb orchestral playing and Giancarlo Guerrero’s balance and care at the quieter moments are spotlighted in Naxos’s stunning sound. The composer’s booklet-note bespeaks a learned, poetic mind." 

Laurence Vittes - Gramophone magazine - May 2014

"...This is an enjoyable release and should please listeners seeking professionally made and recorded recent music with a minimum of challenges."

 Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide - May 2014

 "... Symphonic music with a good plain Latin-American touch, gorgeous rhythms and bright colors. Roberto Sierra is definitely an amazing composer, worth to be discovered..." *****

 Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - January 2014

                                Artistic Quantity 9                  Sound Quality 9

"...Roberto Sierra’s music is fun. However self-conscious his Spanishisms may be…he has forged a personal style at once original, and approachable. Fandangos borrows music by Boccherini, Soler, and Scarlatti and uses it to create a colorful contemporary take on the Fandango of old. If you know the pieces to which Sierra refers, you will enjoy the music all the more, but you certainly don’t need to know anything at all to get the full experience. It’s all done with good taste and a light touch, and as with the other two works the performances by the Nashville Symphony under Giancarlo Guerrero sound very confident. The engineering captures Sierra’s brilliant scoring while maintaining good balances and textural clarity ..."
David Hurwitz - - December 2013

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