Notes and Editorial Reviews
This disc of solo piano works by the Juilliard educated Aileen Chanco gives her ample opportunity to showcase her considerable talents as a pianist. An interesting choice of repertoire works well. Each piece is collectively of substance, however many of the individual movements themselves can only be described as miniatures – this, however, shouldn’t particularly bother the listener to any real extent.
The disc opens with the two most recent works of the four presented, the second of which (The Three Ages of Woman) was commissioned from Mark Fish by Chanco herself. The first piece is the four movement First Sonata by the Argentinean composer Alberto Ginastera. Ginastera’s predilection for using Argentinean folk music as a
significant influence in his music is vivid. To this are added elements of serial technique and the rhythmic and harmonic flair of Stravinsky. Chanco immediately shows a specific connection with the more recently composed works and this continues into The Three Ages of Woman. These two works clearly give Chanco more opportunity to display the intense virtuosity that is one of her specialities. This panache is not so evident in the two remaining Romantic works on the disc, which are, however, still executed with a generous helping of musicality and ability.
A musical portrayal of the Klimt painting of the same name, The Three Ages of Woman – here in its first recording – is in three movements – Reminiscences of the Old Woman, The Mother, Awake, and Child. Mark Fish cleverly and effectively depicts each of these in music that is deeply descriptive. In terms of the performance and repertoire combined, this work perhaps provides the most interesting music. A strong Romantic influence pervades the work, which is also infused with more recent techniques and a hint of blues in the harmonic template.
[Debussy Images Book 1] is accurate and clear and a sufficient amount of passion has been poured into this interpretation.
-- Adam Binks, MusicWeb International
"Her sound is beautiful and the music flows well... beautifully delivered... wonderful atmosphere... many lovely moments worth hearing... Her sound is right [in Reflets dans l'eau], and she is fully engaged in this rapturous little piece...creat[ing] a lovely mood... a talented pianist... worth watching..." -- American Record Guide
"...plays each work with assurance... [In the Ginastera Sonata] the pianist captures the full measure of the Argentinean composer's rhythmic and melodic invention." -- Georgia Rowe, Contra Costa Times (California)
Works on This Recording
Images for Piano, Set 1 by Claude Debussy
Aileen Chanco (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1905; France
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