Americascapes / Trevino, Basque National Orchestra

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Shortlisted for the 2022 Gramophone Awards!

All four American composers on this new album by the Basque National Orchestra and conductor Robert Trevino wrote music that was known, played and esteemed during their lifetimes, but none of them ever had a huge “hit” and so the pieces here are likely familiar only to musical scholars. Yet while it is uncommon enough to find Charles Martin Loeffler, Henry Cowell, Carl Ruggles and Howard Hanson sharing the same album, the conductor Robert Trevino has taken his exploration still further, into the recesses of their repertory – complete with a Hanson piece, Before the Dawn, that has had to wait a century for this, its premiere recording. Robert Trevino’s debut album with the Basque National Orchestra on Ondine featured orchestral works by Maurice Ravel and has received excellent reviews in music media around the world, including the Limelight magazine's 'Recording of the Month'.

REVIEWS: an exciting success all the way. Great American music, or great music by American composers? Instead of answering that question, I’d prefer to say that this is great music, full stop. This CD is a must for anyone who wants a thrill without having to resort to yet another recording of music by Ravel or Pictures at an Exhibition. This is Want List material, to be sure.


The performances here are all splendid. As you may have surmised from their excellent previous Ravel CD, Robert Trevino and the Basque National Orchestra seem to have a great thing going: an enterprising conductor leading a talented and enthusiastic ensemble with both swagger and sensitivity to burn. Ondine’s fine sonics let you hear everything that you should, in a warm, well-balanced acoustic frame. You’ll love this.

I have thoroughly enjoyed encountering the works on this CD. They are very well played and excellently recorded, with a most detailed booklet produced to a high standard.

--MusicWeb International

A fascinating and gloriously played programme of little-known American orchestral works, assembled and conducted with real care and passion by Robert Trevino. If there’s a masterpiece among the four works on this disc, I’d argue it’s [Cowell's Variations for Orchestra]. William Strickland’s 1963 CRI recording has held up remarkably well but Trevino’s is equally authoritative, played with greater polish, and the recorded sound is first-rate. Urgently recommended.


Product Description:

  • Release Date: October 01, 2021

  • Catalog Number: ODE 1396-2

  • UPC: 0761195139622

  • Label: Ondine

  • Number of Discs: 1

  • Period: 20th Century

  • Composer: Charles Martin Loeffler, Carl Ruggles, Howard Hanson, Henry Cowell

  • Conductor: Robert Trevino

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Basque National Orchestra

  • Performer: Delphine Dupuy


  1. La mort de Tintagiles, Op. 6

    Composer: Charles Martin Loeffler

    Ensemble: Basque National Orchestra

    Performer: Delphine Dupuy (Viola d’amore)

    Conductor: Robert Trevino

  2. Evocations

    Composer: Carl Ruggles

    Ensemble: Basque National Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino

  3. Before the Dawn, Op. 17

    Composer: Howard Hanson

    Ensemble: Basque National Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino

  4. Variations for Orchestra

    Composer: Henry Cowell

    Ensemble: Basque National Orchestra

    Conductor: Robert Trevino