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Saturday, May 23, 2015 Permalink

The Latin Connection

"La Rumba" by Antonio Sanchez Araujo, oil on canvas, 1937


For more than 150 years, the music of Mexico and Cuba has inspired composers in the U.S. to explore Latin rhythms in a variety of ways.

In this hour, some engaging examples by Gottschalk, Joplin, Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, and more.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Copland: Symphony No. 3, etc. [for El Salon Mexico] Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Aaron Copland EMI Classics 094633156128 094633156128
Gottschalk Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 [for A Night in the Tropics] Hot Springs Festival Symphony Orchestra, Richard Rosenberg Naxos 8.559320 636943932025
Scott Joplin: Piano Rags [for "Solace: A Mexican Serenade"] Joshua Rifkin Nonesuch 79159 075597915921
Antonio Machin: Echale Salsita Antonio Machin Glinka Records, iTunes download -----
Gershwin: Complete Orchestral Works [for Cuban Overture] St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin.  Vox CDX 5007 04716350072
Spanish, Mexican and Turkish Folk Songs Cynthia Gooding Elektra Records, iTunes download -----
Music in the American Grain [for Paul Boles' 'Six Latin American Pieces"] Ramon Salvatore Cedille CDR90000-010 735131901024
Copland: Clarinet Concerto, etc. [for "Dance of Jalisco"] Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gambill Naxos 8.559069 636943906927
American Journey [for Dave Grusin's Three Latin American Dances] Steinhardt, Mayorga, Grusin, Forsyth Naxos 8.559235 636943923528
Fiesta [for Bernstein's "Mambo"] Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Gustavo Dudamel Deutsche Grammophon B0011340-02 0028947774570

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