Arturo Márquez - El danzón según Márquez

2002; 8 tracks
Eduardo García Barrios / Orquesta Mexicana de las Artes

"Arturo Márquez is a mexican composer known for his series of symphonic danzones, a traditional genre of music and dance that originated in Cuba and is now a staple of mexican culture. This is incredibly beautiful music, with a very distinct personality and harmonic language. The orchestration is nothing short of superb, and the Danzon No. 2 is easily one of the finest Mexican orchestral pieces ever written. Anyone who enjoys Latin-American music like Ginastera or Villa-Lobos, or Mexican music like Moncayo and Revueltas, will adore this."

@ andruini: You asked me what an American thought of this. Well, I fucking loved it. The Danzon According to Marquez has such a jazzy freedom to it that I find lacking in so much classical music today, and it suits my ear a little better when I'm not in the mood for Brahms or Liszt. These works by Márquez have such lyrical beauty (just listen to the luscious harp-infused "Pasión según San Juán de Letrán") that the melodies could easily stand alone - though I much prefer them with the latin rhythms that accompany each piece. The Orquesta Mexicana de las Artes (of course, it MUST be Mexican) produces such incredible interpretations of Márquez that I can't imagine any other recording. This is such a brilliant representation of Mexican music in general, and I desperately want to discover anything similar.



  1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it. I knew you would, it has very broad appeal if you ask me. I recommend you listen to Osvaldo Golijov's Pasión Según San Marcos, which is a bit more overt in its popular music influence, but also amazing in the same way. If you can't find it I'll upload it for you.
    (what happened to you on Last.fm, btw?)

  2. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll see if I can't find it.

    I just got sick of Last.fm, I'm sorry for the abrupt disappearance >.< I'll still be here, though...

  3. Oh well, understandable. I'm glad you're keeping your blog, I still regularly steal your music :P and plus you're truly awesome and it'd be sad to see you disappear for good! :)

  4. Haha, well... I regularly steal music from you too :3 And thank youuuu Andrew, I don't think I'm going anywhere soon! Let's keep in touch.

  5. Deal. Are you on Tumblr? My friend got me to open one like two weeks ago after begging for like a year.. -.-
    Btw: http://exceededharmony.blogspot.com/2011/03/osvaldo-golijov-la-pasion-segun-san.html

  6. I made a Tumblr a really long time ago but just started using it again... (standandsing.tumblr.com) fooollooowww meeee

    Yeah it's an interesting site... it can get very addicting.

    Thanks for the link :p