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TO 0106

Mario Lavista - Complete String Quartets

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2011


Cuarteto Latinaoamericano


Sala Silvestre Revueltas, Estudios Churubusco, Mexico City

19-20 Feb 2007


Bogdan Zawistowski

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String Quartet

Total Time - 72:12
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  Complete String Quartets  



String Quartet No.2, Reflejos de la noche (1984)

  Sempre a tempo, con una grande precisione ritmica  

String Quartet No.3, Música para mi vecino (1995)

2 Largamente, flessibile 1:58
3 Presto 1:51
4 Molto allegro 2:01
5 Allegro leggiero 2:24
6 Molto lento, flessibile 4:11

String Quartet no.4, Sinfonias (1996)

  Lento, da lontano, come una bruma sonora  

String Quartet No.5, Siete invenciones (1998)

8 Invención I: Presto 1:00
9 Invención II: Motete isorritimico (Moderato) 1:42
10 Invención III: Andante con moto 1:24
11 Invención IV: Andante tranquillo 0:58
12 Invención V: Presto 2:09
13 Invención VI: Lento flessibile 2:27
14 Invención VII: Molto allegro con brio 1:27

String Quartet No.1, Diacronia (1969): (Lento)


String Quartet No.6, Suite en cinco partes (1999)

16 I Danza 1:27
17 II Motete 1:48
18 III Canon 1:51
19 IV Coral 4:38
20 V Estudio 4:05

‘Few instrumental genres have awoken the most intimate and refined imagination from composers as the string quartet’ - Mario Lavista.

In Latin America those best-known are Carlos Chávez, Lavista’s teacher, Silvestre Revueltas and Manuel Enríquez: and that proud tradition is continued with these six works of Mario Lavista, Mexico’s leading contemporary composer, and compiled in this recording for the first time.

Lavista has been Professor at the Conservatorio Nacional since 1970 and is a member of the prestigious Colegio Nacional, with many international awards and honours to his name. He is also one of the most potent driving forces behind contemporary Mexican music. He founded Quanta, a collective improvisation group, on his return from study overseas; and he is the Chief Editor of one of the most important music journals in Latin America, Pauta, which he founded in 1982.

After his formative years at the Conservatorio Nacional he studied electronic and extended techniques in Paris and Japan, which influenced him profoundly, and these six quartets provide a guided tour to the pre-occupations that have shaped his work: from incorporating these extended techniques and indeterminate aspects to a continuous passion for poetry, an approach to the contrapuntal techniques of the medieval era and Renaissance, and a profound interest for spirituality and religious genres.

These are also definitive interpretations. When El Cuarteto Latinoamericano was formed in 1982 they immediately connected with Lavista, became close friends, and he has written for them ever since.  It is one of the most fruitful artistic collaborations in the history of Mexican music.

"...The performances are exemplary, a tribute to the Cuarteto Latinoamericano’s fine musicianship ... superberly transferred. Toccata Classics’ presentation is top-rate. Recommended."

Guy Rickards - Gramophone - December 2011

"...The entire quartet [No 1] is played only on harmonics, and the result is one of the most moving of nocturnes, after Bartók, I have yet encountered.I won’t go into the remaining four quartets other than to say that each was similarly inspired by the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and each has its own distinctive character... The sound is excellent- close up, but with lots of air and color. I can’t imagine better performances of this most intriguing and satisfying music. So here you have it - the complete string quartet output to date of Mario Lavista in Want List quality performances. So, do yourself a favor."

William Zagorski - Fanfare - November/December 2011

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