Music of Latin America
This, the start of a new series of discs (for which Eduardo Mata is Artistic Director) of Latin American music, holds great promise and is to be warmly welcomed by all who appreciate the opportunity of becoming acquainted with a vast corpus of music still largely unknown here. But Mata proceeds from the relatively familiar, with the primitively ritualistic and savage Sensemayta by Revueltas: if his reading is far more deliberate than Batiz's very fast and extrovertly exciting recording (EMI, 7/82—nla)—the old CBS Bernstein (9/64) is an also-ran—it is perhaps more blood-chilling in its effect. Redes, arranged from the music to a film The Waves, is a much more varied and subtle score: again Mata takes more time over it than Batiz did, and he is more reticent in the quietly emotional passages depicting a child's funeral and the fishermen's return with a dead companion.
Altogether new on disc—at least they have not hitherto come my way—are the other two works here. Of these, the first movement of Ginastera's 1954