This is the overture to the Mexican novela El vuelo del águila (The Flight of the Eagle), a story about turn-of-the 20th century Mexican president Porfirio Díaz.
Daniel Catán (1948-2011) passed away on April 8th of this year at his home in Pasadena. His last major musical accomplishment was an opera Il postino, a work set in Spanish based on the Italian film of the same name about Chilean author Pablo Neruda’s time in Italy. The opera was commissioned by the Los Angeles Opera and featured a performance by the company’s director Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned and Mexican-trained tenor.
Eduardo Diazmuñoz conducts the Orquesta Filarmónica de la Ciudad de México: