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Benzecry: Ciclo de canciones, Violin & Clarinet Concertos / Boggiano, Lviv National Philarmonic


Release Date: 07/10/2020 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574128  
Composer:  Esteban Benzecry
Performer:  Xavier InchaustiAyako TanakaMariano Rey
Conductor:  Pablo Boggiano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

French-Argentinian composer Esteban Benzecry has built up a distinctive body of work, from symphonies to works for solo piano. He stands as a worthy successor to such masters as Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Chávez, with music that is suffused with ‘imaginary folklore’, flashes of color, fieriness and reverie. The autobiographical Violin Concerto draws on South American folk motifs and rhythms, whereas in Ciclo de canciones he explores the meeting of two cultures, Argentinian and Japanese. The breathtaking dialogues between soloist and orchestra in the Clarinet Concerto recall Andean and pre-Hispanic times. French-Argentinian composer Esteban Benzecry has built up a distinctive body of work, from symphonies to works for solo piano. He stands as a worthy successor to such masters as Ginastera, Villa-Lobos and Chávez, with music that is suffused with ‘imaginary folklore’, flashes of color, fieriness and reverie. The autobiographical Violin Concerto draws on South American folk motifs and rhythms, whereas in Ciclo de canciones he explores the meeting of two cultures, Argentinian and Japanese. The breathtaking dialogues between soloist and orchestra in the Clarinet Concerto recall Andean and pre-Hispanic times. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Esteban Benzecry
Performer:  Xavier Inchausti (Violin)
Conductor:  Pablo Boggiano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2006-2008; France 
2.
Ciclo de canciones (Song Cycle) by Esteban Benzecry
Performer:  Ayako Tanaka (Soprano)
Conductor:  Pablo Boggiano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2014; Spain 
Notes: version for voice and orchestra 
3.
Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Esteban Benzecry
Performer:  Mariano Rey (Clarinet)
Conductor:  Pablo Boggiano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lviv National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; Spain 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 A new path forward for Latin American music August 8, 2020 By W. Saul (FRESNO, CA) See All My Reviews "Esteban Benzecry has been identified as a successor to the great Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera, and this new CD from Naxos certainly demonstrates why. With its exuberance and large gestures, Benzecry's music arrests our attention and dominates the stage. This is especially true of the Violin Concerto with its raw passion and a full continuum of atonality to traditional tonalities. I particularly enjoy the second movement, "Evocation of a Tango," that recalls the sultry later tangos of Astor Piazzolla and is a magnificent foil to the outer two movements. The Clarinet Concerto is likewise a passionate outpouring, only slightly more restrained than the Violin Concerto. It is easy to see why Benzecry leads this CD with the Violin Concerto. Xavier Inchausti shines terrifically as the violin soloist. It is always remarkable when orchestral songs work, as Gustav Mahler so beautifully demonstrates. Benzecry follows suit in this difficult medium with brilliantly highlighting the remarkable agility and gorgeous tones of Ayako Tanaka, soprano soloist, and, thankfully, giving her frequent cadenzas. Only occasionally does his inspired drives for climaxes threaten to overwhelm Tanaka, who is such a treasure for music such as this. Having had the opportunity to Andrij Mokrytsky in my own Naxos CD, I knew that the sheer sound of the Lviv National Philharmonic under Pablo Boggiano with the stunning soloists would be crystalline clear and simply beautiful, and I was not disappointed, but thrilled with this CD. Bravo and brava to all." Report Abuse
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