Celebrating 25 Years of Excellence

Salsa Nueva: Vibrant salsa meets classical piano music



In addition to Mompou and Estevez who come from an earlier era, the composers represented here originate in Venezuela, Britain, Cuba, Mexico, Canada, and Belize and were commissioned by Riu during 2003/04 to write a piece inspired by Salsa. The overall result is an intriguing and exciting fusion of styles and genres.

Elena Riu – Piano
Wilmer Sifontes – Latin Percussion

The CD recorded late in the summer of 2004 contains 22 pieces and includes London Premieres by Javier Alvarez, Douglas Finch, Deirdre Gribbin, Elena Riu and several others.

The scores of the sixteen commissions on the CD are available in a book entitled Salsa nueva and published by Boosey & Hawkes in collaboration with SOMM.

On This Recording

  1. Coleccion de salsas: Coleccion de salsas: Worcestershire
  2. 17 piezas infantiles: 17 piezas infantiles: No. 2. Ancestro 1
  3. Fur Elena
  4. One Hand in my Pocket
  5. Congabite
  6. Tumbao
  7. Toccata montuna
  8. Canto de Bemba
  9. Sal-cita
  10. Celtic o salsa
  11. The Barnyard Song
  12. 17 piezas infantiles: 17 piezas infantiles: No. 2. Ancestro 2
  13. La salsa del Sr. Ligeti
  14. Suy-muy-key
  15. Clave
  16. Conclave
  17. Canco i dansa No. 6: Canco i dansa No. 6 (version for piano)
  18. La Fiesta: La Fiesta (arr. E. Riu and W. Sifontes for piano and percussion)
  19. Recordando a Celia
  20. I wouldn't normally say
  21. Triple enclave
  22. Pan con Timba