Saturday, July 9, 2016

Guitarist Luciano Tortorelli Records "Danza del Altiplano" (4:05) of Afro-Cuban Composer Leo Brouwer on New CD "Latin Latitudes" on Brilliant Classics 95285

Leo Brouwer is an Afro-Cuban composer, guitarist, conductor and music director who was born in 1939 and is featured at

His music is available at:

Latin Latitudes
Luciano Tortorelli, Guitar
Danza del Altiplano (4:05)
Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)
Brilliant Classics 95285 (57:43) (2016)

Guitarist Luciano Tortorelli writes the copyrighted liner notes of the recording Latin Latitudes, including this excerpt on the Leo Brouwer work on the disc:

"The musical journey moves from Argentina to Cuba with a piece by Leo Brouwer, Danza del Altiplano, which includes the entire introduction as performed by the composer himself alongside other ideas so far unpublished in the original Max Eschig edition.  Number one in the set Three Latin American Pieces, it is a work inspired by a folk song (a famous bailecito called 'Viva Jujuy') that originates from the Andean region and evokes the landscape of Puna, the high plateau.  Brouwer was often inspired by a fascination with folk music and odd metres in his early guitar works; thgis dance is characterised by a cross-rhythm resulting from the superimposition of 6/8 and 3/4.  When I met Brouwer in Italy, he told me that the outh of the world is rich in musical culture and praised Latin America and the South of Europe.  This thin thread that links the different Latin countries is clearly expressed by their reciprocal musical influences and the prominent role that the guitar has attained in Latin America since the Spanish dominion."

The other compositions on the recording are by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), Julian Arcas (1832-1882), Francisco Taererega (1852-1909), Augustin Barrios Mangore (1885-1944), Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) and Luciano Tortorelli (b. 1963).

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