Ginastera: Complete Piano & Organ

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All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For a composer like Alberto Ginastera 1916-1983, whose piano works were such a significant part of his output, it's fascinating to have the opportunity to trace his development through a chronological survey of his complete music for keyboard. Ginastera destroyed most of his juvenilia, but even his "Piezas infantiles," written when he was 18 and which he withdrew from his catalog, but which are recorded here, show a sure command of form and material. His first published piano work, "Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2," reveals a composer who has come into his own, with a distinctive and powerful voice. The movements are based on popular dance forms, but don't use preexisting folk ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Eddins
For a composer like Alberto Ginastera 1916-1983, whose piano works were such a significant part of his output, it's fascinating to have the opportunity to trace his development through a chronological survey of his complete music for keyboard. Ginastera destroyed most of his juvenilia, but even his "Piezas infantiles," written when he was 18 and which he withdrew from his catalog, but which are recorded here, show a sure command of form and material. His first published piano work, "Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2," reveals a composer who has come into his own, with a distinctive and powerful voice. The movements are based on popular dance forms, but don't use preexisting folk material. They are bursting with rhythmic energy and harmonic abandon and display many of the characteristics of Ginastera's early nationalistic style -- rhythmically driven movements in triple time charged with momentum through the use of hemiolas and changing meters, alternating with incredibly sensual and languid slow movements. "Suite de Danzas Criollas" 1946 is perhaps the most striking example of his piano music from this period. It retains the vitality and languor of his earlier works, but exhibits an increasingly technical sophistication -- one of its high points is a lyrical, chromatically luscious canon in 11/8. The "First Piano Sonata" 1952 is deservedly one of the composer's most popular works. The folk elements are still present, but have been absorbed into a more abstract and complex but still sensuously appealing tonal language. In the 1960s Ginastera began to adopt a more international, modernist style in most of his music, but the "Second" 1981 and "Third" 1982 sonatas break no new ground. They are stylistically similar to the "First Sonata," and while their material lacks its high dramatic profile, they are attractive pieces. The organ work "Variazioni e Toccata sopra Aurora lucis rutilat" 1980, which is recorded here for the first time, again displays Ginastera's rhythmic vitality and his gift for creating moments of limpid serenity. Argentinean pianist and organist Fernando Viani plays as though he had this music in his blood. He is fully equipped to handle the music's outrageously virtuosic demands. The way he tears through the fast movements is thrilling, generating the kind of visceral charge the composer must have had in mind, and he is equally effective in bringing out the lyric poetry of the slow movements. Naxos' sound is clean and nicely reverberant in the organ pieces.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 747313291120
  • Catalog Number: 8557911
  • Sales rank: 214,282

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Danzas argentinas, 3 pieces for piano, Op. 2 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (8:10)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 1 Danza del viejo boyero
    2. 2 Danza de la moza donosa
    3. 3 Danza del gaucho matrero
  2. 4–6 Piezas (3), for piano, Op. 6 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (12:01)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 4 Cuyana
    2. 5 Norteña
    3. 6 Criolla
  3. 7 Malambo, for piano, Op. 7 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (2:44)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
  4. 8–19 American Preludes (12) for piano, Op. 12 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (14:00)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 8 Para los acentos
    2. 9 Triste
    3. 10 Danza criolla
    4. 11 Vidala
    5. 12 En el ler. modo pentáfono menor
    6. 13 Homenaje a Roberto García Morillo
    7. 14 Para las octavas
    8. 15 Homenaje a Juan José Castro
    9. 16 Homenaje a Aaron Copland
    10. 17 Pastoral
    11. 18 Homenaje a Heitor Villa-Lobos
    12. 19 En el ler. modo pentáfono mayor
  5. 20–24 Creole Dance Suite, for piano, Op. 15 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (8:43)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 20 Adagietto pianissimo
    2. 21 Allegro rustico
    3. 22 Allegretto cantabile
    4. 23 Calmo e poetico
    5. 24 Scherzando - Coda: Presto ed energico
  6. 25 Rondo on Argentine Children's Songs, for piano, Op. 19 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (3:11)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
  7. 26–27 Danzas argentinas para los niños, for piano (unfinished) - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (2:30)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 26Moderato. Para Alex
    2. 27Paisaje. Para Georgina
  8. 28–35 Piezas infantiles, for piano (withdrawn by the composer) - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (9:18)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 28 Preludio
    2. 29 Osito bailando
    3. 30 Arrullo
    4. 31 Soldaditos
    5. 32 Antón Pirulero
    6. 33 Arrorró
    7. 34 Chacarerita
    8. 35 Arroz con leche
  9. 36 Milonga, for piano (arranged from "Canción del arbol olvido" Op.2) - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (2:35)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
  10. 37 Estancia, ballet, Op. 8: Pequeña danza - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (1:44)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
  11. 38 Arrangement: Domenico Zipoli's "Toccata per organo", for piano - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (7:16)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Piano Sonata No.1, Op. 22 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (15:05)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 1 Allegro marcato
    2. 2 Presto misterioso
    3. 3 Adagio molto appassionato
    4. 4 Ruvido ed ostinato
  2. 5–7 Piano Sonata No.2, Op. 53 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (12:50)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 5 Allegramente
    2. 6 Adagio sereno - Scorrevole - Ripresa dell'Adagio
    3. 7 Ostinato aymará
  3. 8 Piano Sonata No.3, Op. 54 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (4:51)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
  4. 9–11 Toccata, villancico & fugue, for organ, Op. 18 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (14:25)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 9Toccata
    2. 10Villancico
    3. 11Fuga
  5. 12–24 Variations and Toccata over "Aurora lucis rutilat", for organ, Op. 52 - Alberto Ginastera & Che Guevara (20:58)
    Composed byAlberto Ginastera
    1. 12Var. 1. Maestoso
    2. 13Var. 2. Tempo giusto
    3. 14Var. 3. Impetuoso, l'istesso tempo
    4. 15Var. 4. Vivacissimo
    5. 16Var. 5. L'istesso tempo
    6. 17Var. 6. L'istesso tempo
    7. 18Var. 7. Sereno
    8. 19Var. 8. Estatico
    9. 20Var. 9. Quasi allegretto
    10. 21Var. 10. Pastorale
    11. 22Var. 11. Andantino poetico
    12. 23Var. 12. Lento
    13. 24Toccata - Finale. Tema
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Performance Credits
Fernando Viani Primary Artist
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