Alberto Ginastera: Complete Music for Piano & Piano Chamber Ensembles

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Barbara Nissman's excellent and authoritative recordings of the piano music of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera at one time belonged to a group of recordings purchased by Sony from Newport Classics and subsequently never used. Small Texas-based indie Pierian Recording Society deserves congratulations in recognizing the need for the return of these releases to the active catalog. This two-disc set Ginastera: The Complete Music for Piano and Piano Chamber Ensembles contains all of Ginastera's piano music save a tiny, two-minute scrap called the "Peqeña Danza." It also includes three chamber works, "Pampeana No. 1 for violin and piano, Op. 16," "Pampeana No. 2, Op. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Barbara Nissman's excellent and authoritative recordings of the piano music of Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera at one time belonged to a group of recordings purchased by Sony from Newport Classics and subsequently never used. Small Texas-based indie Pierian Recording Society deserves congratulations in recognizing the need for the return of these releases to the active catalog. This two-disc set Ginastera: The Complete Music for Piano and Piano Chamber Ensembles contains all of Ginastera's piano music save a tiny, two-minute scrap called the "Peqeña Danza." It also includes three chamber works, "Pampeana No. 1 for violin and piano, Op. 16," "Pampeana No. 2, Op. 21," and "Sonata for cello & piano, Op. 49"; and finally, Ginastera's "Quintet for piano and string quartet, Op. 25." To some, Ginastera's extraordinary talents early on, and his easy assimilation of Argentine folk elements into a spicy Bartókian idiom, indicated he might become Argentina's answer to Heitor Villa-Lobos. This view also argues that Ginastera was ultimately brought down by the scandal of his ribald 1967 opera "Bomarzo" and a need to "keep up with the Joneses" in terms of making his style increasingly difficult, "modernistic," and sympathetic to trends in mid-century European composition. Ginastera's post-1952 piano output, such as his second and third piano sonatas, are a tough sell, being discordant in the extreme. Nonetheless, Ginastera never has lost his interest in rhythm; younger listeners who embrace challenging and disruptive music will easily enjoy the later Ginastera pieces included here. In the "Sonata for cello & piano" of 1979, Ginastera's widow Aurora Natola-Ginastera is featured in the solo part in what is a very finely wrought and expressive work that deserves to be better known. Average listeners should not have any trouble with the piano pieces dating from 1952 backward, including the famous "Piano Sonata No. 1." All of these are superlative pieces that are central to the proper understanding of twentieth century Argentine music. Barbara Nissman is the ideal advocate for them: she is physically strong and able to project the music's moments of fiery intensity without driving the bus through the flowerbed in parts that are more gentle. The Newport Classic recordings are of such quality of engineering that they have not dated at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Pierian
  • UPC: 750532200927
  • Catalog Number: 5/6
  • Sales rank: 173,675

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (14:05)
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (11:55)
  3. 6 Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (4:54)
  4. 9–11 Danzas argentinas, 3 pieces for piano, Op. 2 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (7:27)
  5. 12–14 Piezas (3), for piano, Op. 6 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (9:16)
  6. 13 Malambo, for piano, Op. 7 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (3:50)
  7. 16–27 American Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 12 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (12:42)
  8. 28–32 Creole Dance Suite, for piano, Op. 15 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (7:04)
  9. 29 Rondo on Argentine Children's Songs, for piano, Op. 19 - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (2:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pampeana No.1, for violin & piano, Op. 16 - Alberto Ginastera & Ruben Gonzalez (9:56)
  2. 2 Milonga, for piano (arranged from "Canción del arbol olvido" Op.2) - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (2:05)
  3. 3–5 Dances from Estancia, dance suite from the ballet, Op. 8a: Tres Danzas - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (7:14)
  4. 4 Arrangement: Domenico Zipoli's "Toccata per organo", for piano - Alberto Ginastera & Barbara Nissman (6:30)
  5. 7–13 Quintet, for piano & strings, Op. 29 - Alberto Ginastera & Laurentian String Quartet (18:55)
  6. 8 Pampeana No.2, rhapsody for cello & piano, Op. 21 - Alberto Ginastera & Aurora Natola-Ginastera (8:38)
  7. 15–18 Cello Sonata, Op. 49 - Alberto Ginastera & Aurora Natola-Ginastera (19:08)
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Performance Credits
Barbara Nissman Primary Artist
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