Nostalgias Argentinas

Nostalgias Argentinas

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by Mirian Conti
     
 
Pianist Mirian Conti is an effective advocate for the music of Argentina, and her piano collection Looking South, placing the early music of Alberto Ginastera in the context of his immediate predecessors, is highly recommended. The composers on this collection of short piano pieces overlap with

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Pianist Mirian Conti is an effective advocate for the music of Argentina, and her piano collection Looking South, placing the early music of Alberto Ginastera in the context of his immediate predecessors, is highly recommended. The composers on this collection of short piano pieces overlap with that album in a few cases, but the music here is of a lighter character, with Argentine folk (or "Creole") idioms superimposed on various kinds of character-piece and salon models from the late 19th century. The most successful are the most rhythmically Argentine in character; Mario Broeders' "Milonga pampeana" (track 26) makes a fine counterpart to Cuban or Mexican music of the same period. The "Cantos populares" of Carlos Guastavino are elegant distillations of popular Argentine idioms before the tango, of which there are very few hints here. Instead you get a series of well-wrought miniatures, some diverging from diatonic tonality as they proceed, drawing on models from Chopin to Grieg and Liszt (the notes promise Prokofiev, but that would be pushing it). It's a pleasant hour of music, not consistently memorable but consistently interesting for Latin American music enthusiasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2012
Label:
Steinway & Sons
UPC:
0034062300105
catalogNumber:
30010
Rank:
125749

Tracks

  1. Nocturna, milonga for tango ensemble (or piano)  - Julián Plaza  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  2. Vidala (Vidalita), for guitar  - Floro M. Ugarte  - Gilardo Gilardi  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  3. Bailecito for piano  - Carlos López-Buchardo  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  4. Canción del carretero, for voice & piano (or orchestra)  - Carlos López-Buchardo  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  5. Cantos Populares (10), for piano  - Carlos Guastavino  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  6. A don Agustin Bardi  -  Horacio Salgán  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  7. La bordona  - Emilio Balcarce  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner
  8. Por el Sur, huella for piano  - Remo Pignoni  - Mirian Conti  - Gustavo Caraballo  - Jon Feidner  - Eric Feidner

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Nostalgias Argentinas 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Dean_Frey More than 1 year ago
I haven't heard much this year about the 2012 Centennial of Carlos Guastavino, who died in 2000. It's nice, then, to see his 10 Cantos Populares at the centre of this new disc of Piano Music of Argentina, from the Argentine-American pianist Mirian Conti. Conti's 2010 Chopin Mazurkas recording, one of the first releases from the new Steinway & Sons label, was very well received. I know Conti best from her South American discs on Koch International & Troy, and it's nice to have her back with music from her homeland. That's especially the case because so many of the composers included on the disc will be new to most, because the pieces Conti has chosen are so full of character and so varied, and because they're all so beautifully played and recorded on an impressive Steinway piano. Conti brings three generations of Argentine composers together with a nostalgia theme explained in a fascinating liner-notes essay. The music is informed by the dual folkloric traditions of Argentina, urban tangos and the dances of the gauchos, and coloured by the music of the French and Spanish modernists who had such an impact on South American composers from Villa-Lobos & Ginastera to Tom Jobim & Piazzolla. It's all very romantically sad, and often very simply beautiful. It's Guastavino's melodies, harmonies & subtle rhythms that stand out, but the whole package is charming, and definitely worth a listen!