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Remembranza / Rosa Antonelli


Release Date: 12/11/2012 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1388   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaHeitor Villa-LobosErnesto NazarethEnrique Granados,   ... 
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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REMEMBRANZA: REMEMBRANCE OF LATIN SOUNDS Rosa Antonelli (pn) ALBANY 1388 (76:10)


PIAZZOLLA Four Tangos. VILLA-LOBOS Poema Singelo. Vals Da Dor. NAZARETH Odeón. GRANADOS Goyescas: The Lover and the Nightingale. Allegro di Read more Concierto. ALBÉNIZ Suite Española: Granada (Serenata ) ; Cadiz . L’Automne Waltz


Argentine-American pianist Rosa Antonelli gives an attractive recital of mixed Spanish and Latin American fare under the collective title Remembranza: Remembrance of Latin Sounds , although at least two of the selections call to mind no specific Latin sounds at all. Antonelli is an established artist whose technique is more than capable of encompassing the dynamic range of Piazzolla’s monumental tango Imperial (inspired by a visit to Versailles) and the tender reflectiveness of Quejas ó La Maja y El Ruiseñor by Granados. She gives a touching performance of the latter, refreshingly coherent, never over-pointing detail at the expense of the whole. While she may not be a glittering virtuoso like Nelson Friere or Alicia de Larrocha—in the Latin and Spanish repertoire respectively—or the underrated Mirian Conti, Antonelli understands and conveys the intrinsic ebb and flow of this music deftly.


Her program mixes well-known works by Granados and Albéniz with rarities. Among the latter is Albéniz’s extended L’Automne waltz sequence (lasting over 13 minutes), a late composition written for the salon. The ladies of this particular salon must have wondered what hit them, so ferocious are some of the triple forte s. (Strings were famously broken when Albéniz was at the keyboard.) Antonelli gives it her all. Fingerprints of the composer’s other late works are in evidence, such as the decisive 5-1 cadences, but thematically these waltzes are stubbornly un-catchy and not in the same ballpark as his final masterwork Ibéria. Still, the latter has been recorded plenty of times, so full marks to Antonelli for going with an unusual choice, which also applies to her Villa-Lobos selection.


The four tangos by Piazzolla make for an arresting opening to the disc, particularly La Ultima Greta , with its ear-tickling resemblance to the 1950s pop song Fly Me to the Moon . The notes do not make it absolutely clear whether these piano arrangements are by Piazzolla himself or other hands. In any case, the piano was not his instrument and it shows in the monochrome writing, especially when compared to the Villa-Lobos and Nazareth items that follow. Adiós Nonino , which was definitely written for the piano, is the most effective of the four. This issue is recommended for the interest of the unusual program, and for Antonelli’s idiomatic performances.


FANFARE: Phillip Scott
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Works on This Recording

1.
La última grela by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971 
2.
Imperial by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
3.
Adios nonino by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; Argentina 
4.
El mundo de los dos by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
5.
Poema singelo, W 434 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
6.
Valsa da dor, W 316 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; Brazil 
7.
Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910; Brazil 
8.
Goyescas for Piano, Op. 11: Book 1 - no 4, Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914-1916; Spain 
9.
Allegro de concierto for Piano by Enrique Granados
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
10.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 4, Cádiz by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
11.
Suite española, Op. 47: no 1, Granada by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; Madrid, Spain 
12.
L'Automne, Op. 170 by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Madrid, Spain 

Sound Samples

La ultima grela (arr. for piano)
El Mundo de los Dos (Our World)
Adios Nonino (arr. for piano)
Imperial
Poema singelo
Valsa da dor: Valsa da Dor
Odeon
Goyescas, Book 1: No. 4. Quejas, o La maja y el ruisenor
Allegro de concierto
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 1. Granada (Serenata)
Suite espanola No. 1, Op. 47: No. 4. Cadiz (Cancion)
L'automne valse, Op. 170

Customer Reviews

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 I was so Moved by the Music. August 7, 2013 By Daniel Reton See All My Reviews "I've been a fan of Rosa's since attending her concert at Carnegie Hall. Thus I played the CD expecting a joyful experience. What I heard was beyond Joyful. It was so Moving and Fullfilling that I've made it my go to for Escape and Relaxation CD." Report Abuse
 A Great Listen July 7, 2013 By Marietta S. See All My Reviews "She has amazing technique and she becomes one with the instrument bringing out the emotion and beauty of the music. A great listen!!!" Report Abuse
 fantastic July 2, 2013 By Jonathan P. See All My Reviews "masterful, beautiful... and soulful" Report Abuse
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