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Latin-American Classics - A. Williams: Music for Piano Vol 2


Release Date: 08/15/2000 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 8223800   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc continues Marco Polo's tasteful chronicle of Argentinean composer Alberto Williams' music for solo piano. As in volume one, this selection collects several graceful waltzes and perky mazurkas (always a pleasure to listen to). But the standouts on this release are the extended pieces: Poem of the Bells (1912), Poem of the Ravine (1920), and Poem of the Valley (1920). Poem of the Bells may remind you of Rachmaninov's choral symphony, The Bells, but its opening sequences hark back even further to Mussorgsky. The main influence on these extended tone poems for piano, however, sounds like it comes from Ravel, but this doesn't mean that Williams' music derives entirely from European modes. Poem of the Ravine and Poem of the Valley Read more clearly display their Argentinean character, incorporating subtle folk motifs and songs from the pampas. Pianist Valentin Surif plays these works with obvious affection, and his attention to detail brings out their special flavor, particularly in the vivacious Poem of the Valley. Recommended for all fans of offbeat solo piano works in the Romantic mode.

--Paul Cook, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mazurka for Piano no 1, Op. 3 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884 
2.
Waltz Air for Piano no 2, Op. 16 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890 
3.
Poetic Pieces, Op. 17 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890 
4.
Mazurka for Piano no 2, Op. 20 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890 
5.
Mazurka for Piano no 3, Op. 28 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891 
6.
Poem of the Bells, Op. 60 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912 
7.
Poem of the Ravine, Op. 79 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920 
8.
Poem of the Valley, Op. 80 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920 
9.
Waltz Air for Piano no 13, Op. 109 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939 
10.
Waltz Air for Piano no 25, Op. 127 by Alberto Williams
Performer:  Valentín Surif (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 

Sound Samples

Mazurka No. 1, Op. 3
Waltz Air No. 2, Op. 16
Poetic Pieces, Op. 17: I. Proemio (Con Moto)
Poetic Pieces, Op. 17: II. Elegia (Adagio)
Poetic Pieces, Op. 17: III. Romanza (Andante)
Poetic Pieces, Op. 17: IV. Epitalamio (Andante)
Mazurka No. 2, Op. 20: (Andantino)
Mazurka No. 3, Op. 28: (Moderato)
Poem of the Bells, Op. 60: I. Campanas crepusculares (Molto moderato)
Poem of the Bells, Op. 60: II. Campanas al alba (Andantino)
Poem of the Bells, Op. 60: III. Campanas de fiesta en la aldea (Allegro moderato)
Poem of the Ravine, Op. 79: I. Rumores de hojas (Andantino)
Poem of the Ravine, Op. 79: II. Vislumbres crepusculares (Larghetto)
Poem of the Ravine, Op. 79: III. Hilo de agua (Allegro)
Poem of the Valley, Op. 80: I. A la sombra de los nogales (Allegro agitato)
Poem of the Valley, Op. 80: II. Nido de picaflores (Lento)
Poem of the Valley, Op. 80: III. Cancion del cabrero (Andante mesto)
Poem of the Valley, Op. 80: IV. Cancion de las frondas (Allegro)
Waltz Air No. 13, Op. 109: (Moderato)
Waltz Air No. 25, Op. 127: (Animato)

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