Ginastera: Complete Piano Music

Ginastera: Complete Piano Music
Composer Alberto Ginastera
Artist Mariangela Vacatello piano
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94736
EAN code 5028421947365
Release October 2015

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To celebrate the centenary next year of the birth of one of the fathers of Argentinian art-music, Mariangela Vacatello turns her considerable skills to the music of Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983). And the moment is right: as the pianist Hugo Aisemberg remarks in the booklet-notes, ‘Europe still sees Argentinian music in terms of tango and nothing else’; yet even in his early and superficially vernacular works such as the Danzas Argentinas Op.2, Ginastera could hardly stand farther distant from the ready appeal of Astor Piazzolla’s music with its evocation of Buenos Aires nightlife. Which is not to say that Ginastera’s music has to be challenging, more that this music is more thoughtful and does not so overtly court popularity. In fact Piazzolla’s own memories of his teacher are warm and generous: ‘“I remember those years of study with Alberto for more than the technical expertise he taught me; he also passed on his humanity. He made an electrifying impact on me.”

The piano music in the first half of his career is all suites and dances, short, melodically undemanding stuff yet still spiced with dissonance. The three sonatas (1952, 1981 and a third from 1982, left unfinished at his death) are rather more substantial works in which the Allegro barbaro style of Bartok looms large, and to which Mariangela Vacatello brings the formidable technique that won her praise for a previous Brilliant Classics album (94250) dedicated to the pinnacle of 19th-century pianism, Liszt’s Transcendental Studies. The finale of the Second in particular is a staggering Ostinato that deserves to be as well-known in its way as the similarly motoric music of Prokofiev’s ‘War’ Sonatas.

This CD contains the complete piano music by Alberto Ginastera, one of the most important composers of 20th century Argentina.
His piano works brim with Latin-American passion: brutal, sensual, evocative, sentimental, always filled with the vibrant rhythms and colours of the folk music and dances of his home country. Ginastera’s piano sonatas are grim, “serious” works, full of motoric drive, and sometimes 12-tone melodic lines. The shorter pieces (like the famous Danzas Argentinas) are highly entertaining and virtuoso, big fun!
Italian pianist Mariangela Vacatello has all it needs (and more) for this music: abundant virtuosity and a strong feeling for the Latin idiom of this fascinating music.
Excellent liner notes written by a direct pupil from Ginastera, and biography in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Danzas argentinas, Op. 2: I. Danza del viejo boyero
  2. Danzas argentinas, Op. 2: II. Danza de la moza donosa
  3. Danzas argentinas, Op. 2: III. Danza del gaucho matrero
  4. Tres piezas, Op. 6: I. Cuyana
  5. Tres piezas, Op. 6: II. Norteña
  6. Tres piezas, Op. 6: III. Criolla
  7. Malambo, Op. 7
  8. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: I. Para los acentos
  9. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: II. Triste
  10. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: III. Danza criolla
  11. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: IV. Vidala
  12. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: V. En el 1er. modo pentáfono menor
  13. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: VI. Homenaje a Roberto García Morillo
  14. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: VII. Para las octavas
  15. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: VIII. Homenaje a Juan José Castro
  16. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: IX. Homenaje a Aaron Copland
  17. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: X. Pastoral
  18. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: XI. Homenaje a Heitor Villa-Lobos
  19. Doce preludios Americanos, Op. 12: XII. En el 1er. modo pentáfono mayor
  20. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15: I. Adagietto pianissimo
  21. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15: II. Allegro rustic
  22. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15: III. Allegretto cantabile
  23. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15: IV. Calmo e poetico
  24. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15: V. Scherzando – Coda. Presto ed energico
  25. Rondo sobre temas infantiles argentines, Op. 19

Disk 2

  1. Sonata para piano No. 1, Op. 22: I. Allegro marcato
  2. Sonata para piano No. 1, Op. 22: II. Presto misterioso
  3. Sonata para piano No. 1, Op. 22: III. Adagio molto appassionato
  4. Sonata para piano No. 1, Op. 22: IV. Ruvido ed ostinato
  5. Danzas argentinas para los niños: I. Moderato. Para Alex
  6. Danzas argentinas para los niños: II. Paisaje. Para Georgina
  7. Piezas infantiles I: I. Preludio
  8. Piezas infantiles I: II. Osito bailando
  9. Piezas infantiles I: III. Arrullo
  10. Piezas infantiles I: IV. Soldaditos
  11. Piezas infantiles II: I. Antón Pirulero
  12. Piezas infantiles II: II. Arrorró
  13. Piezas infantiles II: III. Chacarerita
  14. Piezas infantiles II: IV. Arroz con leche
  15. Milonga
  16. Pequeña danza
  17. Toccata, adaptación de la toccata per órgano de Domenico Zipoli
  18. Sonata para piano No. 2, Op. 53: I. Allegramente
  19. Sonata para piano No. 2, Op. 53: II. Adagio sereno - Scorrevole -Ripresa dell’Adagio
  20. Sonata para piano No. 2, Op. 53: III. Ostinato aymará
  21. Sonata para piano No. 3, Op. 54: Impetuosamente

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