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Mexican Piano Music - Ponce: Legende, Etc / Osorio


Release Date: 10/25/2005 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 86   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The eye-catching cover art that graces this splendid new release, Mexican painter Inovcencio Jiménez Chino's "Recolección de cosecha" ("Gathering the Harvest"), gives an excellent idea of what to expect from the music: bright colors, scintillating rhythms, but also a certain pastoral grace and lyricism that gives Manuel Ponce's piano music an instant attractiveness and memorability. Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio has made a very careful and intelligent selection of the composer's large output of piano miniatures, and the result is an ideal disc for playing either complete as a recital, or for casual dipping when you have a few free moments. Radio stations also should
Read more use this material freely, as such pieces as Canciones mexicanas, Trozos romanticos, and the three movements of the Suite cubana would make perfect little fillers and interludes among larger programming items.


Although all of these works are brief, Ponce's range was in fact broader than you might expect. The eight mazurkas included here, six of which are in minor keys, are unusually moody and expressive despite the music's humble dance origins. The single-movement Legende, the longest piece on the disc, has plenty of contrast and a wealth of appealing ideas. In the "etude" category, Orsorio offers five: three Estudios de concierto, the second of which ("La vida sonrie") is especially lovely, and two charming etudes dedicated to Artur Rubinstein. It almost goes without saying that Osorio plays all of these pieces masterfully, with virtuosity to spare and a natural expressiveness that never compromises the music's freshness and spontaneity. If I had to choose one highlight, it would probably be the Suite cubana, a marvelous exploration of Latino musical folklore cast as a triptych in the manner of Debussy's Images. But then, there are no dead spots, musically or interpretively, and the engineering offers the last word in sonic realism. In short, this is an absolutely wonderful disc by any measure. [11/11/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Estrellita by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
2.
La barca del marino by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
3.
Cuiden su vida by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
4.
Leyenda by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
5.
Mazurka for Piano no 3 in A flat major by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
6.
Suite cubana by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917; Cuba 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 12 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
7.
Concert Studies for Piano: no 7, Juventud by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
8.
Concert Studies for Piano: no 12, La vida sonríe by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
9.
Concert Studies for Piano: no 3, Hacia la cima by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
10.
Románticos (13) for Piano: Souvenir by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 1 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
11.
Románticos (13) for Piano: Quimera by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
12.
Románticos (13) for Piano: Deseo by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 1 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
13.
Románticos (13) for Piano: Hoja de album by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 
14.
Mazurka for Piano no 8 in C sharp minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
15.
Mazurka for Piano no 9 in G minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
16.
Mazurka for Piano no 11 in A minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
17.
Mazurka for Piano no 13 in f minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
18.
Mazurka for Piano no 14 in D flat major by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
19.
Mazurka for Piano no 16 in B flat minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
20.
Mazurka for Piano no 23 in A minor by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005)
Composition written: Mexico (After 1900 - By 1917). 
21.
Etudes (2) for Piano "for Artur Rubinstein" by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Paris 
Venue:  WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: WFMT Radio Studios, Chicago, Illinois (07/12/2005 - 07/13/2005) 

Sound Samples

3 Canciones mexicanas: I. Estrellita
3 Canciones mexicanas: II. La barca del marino
3 Canciones mexicanas: III. Cuiden su vida
Estudios de Concierto: VII. Juventud
Estudios de Concierto: XII. La vida sonrie
Estudios de Concierto: III. Hacia la cima
13 Romanticos: I. Souvenir
13 Romanticos: II. Quimera
13 Romanticos: III. Deseo
13 Romanticos: IV. Hoja de album
Legende
20 Mazurcas: No. 3 in A flat major
20 Mazurcas: No. 8 in C sharp minor
20 Mazurcas: No. 9 in G minor
20 Mazurcas: No. 11 in A minor
20 Mazurcas: No. 13 in F minor
20 Mazurcas: No. 14 in D flat major
20 Mazurcas: No. 16 in B flat minor
20 Mazurcas: No. 23 in A minor
Suite Cubana: I. Serenata marina
Suite Cubana: II. Plenilunio
Suite Cubana: III. Paz de ocaso
2 Etudes for Piano a Artur Rubinstein: I. Allegretto mosso ma espressivo
2 Etudes for Piano a Artur Rubinstein: II. Allegro non troppo

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