Sinfonias
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A recording of orchestral music bursting with color and excitement.

Roberto Sierra's Sinfonias burst with color and excitement, mixing popular and classical idioms, reflecting his Puerto-Rican heritage. As he writes, "That is how I hear music: in Technicolor, not black and white. It's not only timbre, it's harmony! I believe that different colors have different emotions." Currently serving as Old Dominion Professor of Composition at Cornell University, Sierra was composer-in-residence with the Milwaukee Symphony from 1989-1992 and with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2000-2001. His three symphonies constitute a revealing window into his evolution as an orchestral composer.
Contents:
Roberto Sierra, composer
Sinfonia No. 3 "La Salsa"
Frost Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Sleeper, conductor

Roberto Sierra, composer
Sinfonia No. 2 "Gran Passacaglia"
Frost Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Sleeper, conductor

Roberto Sierra, composer
Sinfonia No. 1
Frost Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Sleeper, conductor

Review:
"Not the least of Sierra's gifts is the ability to write highly dissonant music that's still enjoyable and tantalizing to the ear. ... These performances...are pretty terrific. The playing is excellent, and conductor Thomas Sleeper lets the music sing and dance as the composer clearly intended." (ClassicsToday.com)

"[Sinfonia No. 2] is dense but carefully textured, and glowing with equally well-thought-out strands of color. ...Sierra is a fascinating composer with his considerable skill and imagination on display here." (Fanfare)
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