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 diRead 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 fortes. (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.
L'Automne, Op. 170by Isaac Albeniz Performer:
Rosa Antonelli (Piano)
Period: Romantic Written: 1890; Madrid, Spain
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I was so Moved by the Music.August 7, 2013By 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 ListenJuly 7, 2013By 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