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Ginastera: Orchestral Works 2 / Mena, Wang, Manchester Chamber Choir, BBC Philharmonic

Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10923  
Composer:  Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Xiayin Wang
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic OrchestraManchester Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Also available: Ginastera: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1 / Mena, BBC Philharmonic

This is the second in our three-volume series of Juanjo Mena's idiomatic exploration of Ginastera's orchestra works with the BBC Philharmonic. The series was started to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the greatest of all Argentinean composers, Vol. 1 - receiving uniformly high praise. This album features a late work, lesser-known, yet rich in surprises, namely the Second Piano Concerto. Here the keen musicality and sweeping virtuosity of Xiayin Wang meet the sumptuous sound of the BBC orchestra. It succeeds her recording of concertos by Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian with the RSNO which
Read more was made Editor's Choice by Gramophone. It is coupled with the exotic early ballet Panambi, heard complete with a concluding contribution from the Manchester Chamber Choir. Read less

Works on This Recording

Panambí, Op. 1 by Alberto Ginastera
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Manchester Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934-1936; Argentina 
Concerto for Piano no 2, Op. 39 by Alberto Ginastera
Performer:  Xiayin Wang (Piano)
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Argentina 

Customer Reviews

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 Interesting Ginastera December 28, 2016 By W. Snyder (Greenbelt , MD) See All My Reviews "Ginastera was certainly one of the most significant composers of the mid-20th century. All of his varied output is interesting, sometimes challenging and presents a unique compositional voice. This recording was very good. It was interesting to compare one of his first works, Panambi, with the late Piano Concerto. Certainly both were characteristic Ginastera, with Panambi easier listening than the craggy concerto. Although widely recorded, I think Ginatera deserves a bit more attention and appreciation from classical music lovers and this series from Chandos can help with that wider recognition." Report Abuse
 A tale of two composers November 21, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "It's great to see the second volume in Chandos' Ginastera Orchestral Works series so soon after the first (which came out early in 2016), in celebration of the Centennial Year, which continues in fine form on record. This disc, again featuring Juanjo Mena and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, will be released November 18, 2016. The recording includes two works in such completely different styles it's hard to believe they're by the same composer. The suite from Panambi, Ginastera's opus 1, is one of the most accomplished first publications by any composer, partly because Ginastera destroyed or declined to publish pretty much all of his early music. Written in the mid-1930s, it has the same combination of New World folklore, sounds and rhythms, and European modernist music (especially Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy), that is so familiar with Villa-Lobos's music from the 1920s and 30s. It's an orchestral showpiece with a small but significant contribution from the choir, and this completely plays into the strengths of the musicians of the BBC Philharmonic and the Manchester Chamber Choir. The second work could hardly be more different. The Second Piano Concerto was written in 1972, during Ginastera's "neo-expressionist" phase, the last 12 years of his life after he moved from Argentina to Geneva. Based on a 12-tone row that emerges from the seven notes of the bass solo ‘O Freunde, nicht diese Töne!’ (Oh friends, not those sounds!) in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, this music is every bit as expressive as Panambi, though with different textures, and evoking different responses from the audience. The Concerto is a virtuoso showpiece for the pianist and, once again, for the orchestra, and pianist Xiayin Wang and the orchestral players come through with flying colours. 2016: let's keep the Ginastera Centennial rolling!" Report Abuse
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