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Escenas Argentinas - A Symphonic Anthology

Preludio Sinfonica / Castagna
Release Date: 07/27/2004 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10185   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaCarlos GuastavinoCarlos López BuchardoJulián Aguirre,   ... 
Conductor:  Gabriel CastagnaCarlos Guastavino
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 59 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Throughout history, art has been a means for many artists to express a sense of the national. The works recorded here, with their folk tunes and rhythms, demonstrate this admirably. Resourcefully exploiting the opportunities offered by sophisticated compositional techniques and the expanded scale of a symphonic way of thinking, the composers on this disc used their intelligence and artistic sensibility to generate works in which elements of traditional music unfold organically.

Carlos López Buchardo cultivated a musical style close to the traditions and customs of the Pampas (a region of Argentina). In Escenas Argentinas he draws on typical dance rhythms such as those of the gato, the triste and milonga, and also
Read more hints at traditional songs, while his instrumental writing now and then evokes the sound of popular instruments, for example, the strumming of a guitar.

Astor Piazzolla is a remarkable musician, not least for being comfortable composing in both popular and ‘classical’ genres while leading his own dance bands. Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires is an intriguing experiment in creating an extended structure with the basic ingredients from Piazzolla’s shorter tangos.

Luis Gianneo developed a deep interest in the traditions and history of his immediate geographical surroundings. El tarco en flor is directly inspired by the beautiful foliage and blossoms of the Tucumán region’s lush dragon trees.

With Las niñas Carlos Gustavino, a late exponent of the national style of Argentine music, produced a tender evocation of his own early childhood.

Salmo al Paraná by Oscar Giúdice pays tribute to both the city and the river of that name, ‘paraná’ being an Indian word that means ‘relative of the sea’.

R E V I E W S:

'Gabriel Castagna has already proved himself something of a Piazzolla specialist' all the perofrmances sound affectionate and thoroughly idiomatic, and overall it's an undeniably enjoyable disc.' -- BBC Music Magazine

Here’s an enjoyable, if flawed collection of colourful, rhythmically vibrant compositions from the land of the gaucho. Only Astor Piazzolla’s name is likely to be familiar to most ARG readers. His ‘Tangazo’ is a pure delight: enigmatic, sexy, and sophisticated, with distinctive melodies and piquant harmonies. The ‘Argentinian Scenes’ of Carlos Lopez Bucchardo (18881-1948) are more conventional, but the lavish scoring and syncopated rhythms result in a very pleasant 15 minutes…. The very brief but evocative ‘Psalm to Parana’ by Oscar Guidice (1906-74) is remarkable for its vivid nocturnal imagery. -- American Record Guide

'Delightful performaces, splendidly recorded.' -- Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

Tangazo by Astor Piazzolla
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Sinfónica de Entre Ríos
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Argentina 
Romances (3) for 2 Pianos: no 1, Las niñas by Carlos Guastavino
Conductor:  Carlos Guastavino
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1951; Argentina 
Escenas Argentinas, symphonic poem by Carlos López Buchardo
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Written: 1919-1920 
Length: 15 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Danze Argentine (2), for orchestra (orch. by Ernest Ansermet) by Julián Aguirre
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
El tarco en flor, symphonic poem by Luis Gianneo
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Period: Modern 
Written: 1930 
Length: 11 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Salmo al Paraná , for orchestra by Oscar Giúdice
Conductor:  Gabriel Castagna
Written: 1938 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 

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