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A cocktail pop tune from Esquivel is covered; theres a chamber arrangement of Revueltas sprawling orchestral work Sensemaya, and Nortec Collective member Plankton Man remixes Kronoss interpretation of "El Sinaloense" into a sizzling dance music track which closes the disc. The playing is spirited, to say the least (check out "El Llorar", with guest vocalists Alejandro Flores and Efren Vargas).
But this is foremost a party record. A bevy of reverb effects and instrumentation (including a squeaky musical leaf solo on "Perfidia") ensures that things stay unpredictable.Production work by Rock en Espanol producer Gustavo Santaolalla infuses this disc with an edgy modernism. The bulk of these compositions have been arranged by composer Osvaldo Golijov, who seemingly brings a manic energy and playfulness to everything he touches. Chamber music purists may scoff, but the rest of us will be busy dancing and thrilling to this exciting, genre-blurring Kronos project.--Jason Verlinde
This CD is an absolute joy. It's Mexican-flavoured take on traditional music and 20th century classics will appeal to all fans of 'world' and crossover music (in other words, yer typical 'Late Junction' listener - an opinion reinforced by Fiona Talkington who played another track during her turn on programme the other night).
Whether you prefer Manu Chao or Mozart (or, like me, enjoy them equally), you'll find something new each time you listen to this recording. OK, this is a novelty record; but it's one that won't wear off for a long time. Just go ahead, open your ears (and your mind) and ENJOY!
Perfect listen carefully too AND use as a background music with more or less sober guest :-).
This Kronos Quartet give us a lot of stuff... modern, contemporary classic, moviemusic, older stuff and this more folkmusic style. I had bought at least 100 records so far this year and this one is one of the most innovative.
If you like classic music, folkmusic, humour, style, bittersweet emotions, viola, violin, cello, marimbas, excellent sound and production, good performers this is for you. Classical purists should go somewhere else.