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New Double-CD of Argentine Music


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« on: October 18, 2012, 11:56:30 pm »

*A quick search doen't find anything already posted under this topic*

Sony Argentina have released a double-CD "200 Years of Argentine Music" (200 Años de Música Argentina), however you would struggle to find anything written before 1918 ...

This is an important issue as most of the works are not available elsewhere. As with the Chandos Album "Escenas Argentinas" we have here a regional ensemble - the Orquesta Sinfónica de Salta in the extreme north of the country - rather than one of the national orchestras. The ensemble however is generally very good and the recording more than adequate.

A PDF file of the the booklet insert is available from the conductor's website:
http://www.luisgorelik.com/en/images/stories/booklet_cd_sony.pdf
This is handy since Amazon is currently offering the whole album for download (ASIN B006OAV8UG).

CD1:

1. Gilardo Gilardi (1889 - 1953) El Gaucho con botas nuevas - humorada sinfónica (1936)
As far as I can tell this is the first recording on CD of this Copland-esque piece.

2. Eduardo Falú (b 1923) Suite argentina for guitar, strings, horn and harpsichord
A very attractive work, imaginatively scored for this instrumental combination. Superb guitar soloist!

3. Alberto Ginastera (1916 - 1983) Variaciones concertantes for chamber orchestra (1953).
This should need no introduction - one of Ginastera's seminal pieces.

4. Virtú Maragno (1928 - 2004) AMO (1982)
A pupil of Gianneo (q.v.)

CD2:

1. Luis Gianneo (1897 - 1968) Concierto Aymará for violin and orchestra (1942)
This is now the only available recording of this very attractive (tho' firmly pentatonic!) concerto.

2. Juan José Castro (1895 - 1968) El llanto de las sierras (1946)
Written in homage to Manuel de Falla

3. Gianneo Obertura para una comedia infantil (1937)
(There is a typo in the booklet which shows 1962 as the year)

4. Carlos López Buchardo (1881 - 1948) Escenas argentinas (1922)
This work is also found on the Chandos CD. Interestingly on this recording the pastoral section Campera is placed first.

5. Gerardo Gandini (b. 1936) Variaciones para orquesta (1962)
To my ears a typical post new-Viennese school piece, but you may think differently!

Sony (Argentina) 8869 7718712
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2012, 01:35:57 am »

Thank you for that information about so many Argentine composers whose names (with the exception of Ginastera) were previously unknown to me. And a warm welcome to the forum!
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2012, 05:16:33 am »



1. Luis Gianneo (1897 - 1968) Concierto Aymará for violin and orchestra (1942)
This is now the only available recording of this very attractive (tho' firmly pentatonic!) concerto.




There is another commercial recording of the work on a Testigo CD, but are right: that one is hard to find.
By the way the double-CD is no new release. I bought a copy a year or two ago.

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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2012, 02:51:42 pm »

Hi Gerard - thanks for the welcome. I was lurking about on the other forum and then discovered this one!

Hi Violinconcerto - You are correct - and in my opinion the Testigo performance is better. Copies occasionally turn up on eBay. That disc also contains Ginastera's superb setting of Psalm 150.
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