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Salon Mexicano / Jorge Federico Osorio


Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 132   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ricardo CastroFelipe VillanuevaManuel PonceJosé Rolón
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

MEXICAN SALON MUSIC Jorge Federico Osorio (pn) ÇEDILLE CDR 132 (75:13)



Over the years, the pianist Jorge Federico Osorio has garnered extraordinary praise in this journal. In Fanfare 27:4, Susan Kagan found his playing to be “exceptional”; in 27:6, Patrick Meanor observed that he is “one of the major pianists of the day”; in 29:4, Colin Anderson declared him “the ideal musician.” I hereby second those comments, and I have yet to hear an Osorio performance that does not reflect Read more complete mastery and the kind of insight, frankness, and purity that elude all but a very select group of musicians. Another quality that I have always appreciated in Osorio’s artistry is his willingness to often venture off the beaten path, as in his recent recordings of Manuel Ponce’s terrific—and rarely played—music. Osorio’s interest in wrongly neglected repertoire continues on his most recent recording, which explores salon music written around the beginning of the last century by four Mexican composers: Manuel Ponce, Ricardo Castro, Felipe Villanueva, and José Rolón.

To cut right to the chase, if you have ever doubted that Konstantin Stanislavski’s oft-quoted aphorism that “there are no small parts, only small actors” applies with equal force to musicians, I would strongly suggest that you give this recording a listen. To be clear, I do not mean to suggest that the works included here are trifles. They are not, and I suspect that even the purists will be impressed and moved by many of these gentle and quirky works—the four Ponce works, the Castro Mazurka and Barcarolle, and the half-dozen or so Villanueva and Castro waltzes deserve to be singled out. That said, like Tchaikovsky’s salon music, much of this repertoire consists of what one might call guilty pleasures, and in lesser hands I am pretty sure that most if not all these works would indeed sound like trifles. Put another way, in Osorio’s seasoned hands this sentimental music sounds better than it actually is, and, at least in my book, that is the real mark of a true artist.


I have never heard a Çedille recording that deserved less than a perfect score in the sound engineering department, and this one is no exception.


In sum, a delightful recording that confirms Osorio’s outstanding artistry.


FANFARE: Radu A. Lelutiu
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Works on This Recording

1.
Caprice Vals, Op. 1 by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
2.
Sueño Dorado: Mazurka by Felipe Villanueva
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
3.
Vals caressante by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
4.
Mazurca de Salón by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
5.
Causerie: Vals lento by Felipe Villanueva
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
6.
Tercera Mazurka, Op. 27 by Felipe Villanueva
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
7.
Marchita el Alma by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
8.
Ebelia: Mazurka de Salón by Felipe Villanueva
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
9.
Vals amoroso, Op. 31, no 11 by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
10.
Mazurca melancólica by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
11.
Barcarola, Op. 30, no 2 by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
12.
Amor: Vals de Salón by Felipe Villanueva
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
13.
Todo pasó by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
14.
Vals sentimental, Op. 30, no 1 by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
15.
Vals bluette by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
16.
Mazurca de Salón by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
17.
Vals melancólico, Op. 36, no 2 by Ricardo Castro
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
18.
Vals Poético: Vals de Salón para piano by Felipe Villanueva
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
19.
Canciones (3) populares mexicanas: no 2, Por tí mi Corazón by Manuel Ponce
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Mexico 
20.
Vals Capricho, Op. 14 by José Rolón
Performer:  Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)

Sound Samples

Vals Capricho, Op. 1
Sueno Dorado: Mazurka
Vals carresante
20 Mazurcas: No. 8 in C sharp minor
Causerie: Vals lento
Tercera Mazurka, Op. 27
Marchita el Alma ...
Ebelia: Mazurka de Salon
Vals amoroso, Op. 31, No. 11
Mazurca melancolica
Barcarola in Op. 30, No. 2
Vals, "Amor"
Todo paso ...
Vals sentimental in Op. 30, No. 1
Vals bluette
Mazurca de Salon
Vals melancolico, Op. 36, No. 2
Vals Poetico: Vals poetico: Vals de salon
3 Canciones populares mexicanas: No. 2. Por ti mi Corazon
Valse Caprice on a theme by J. Rosas

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