Magazine article Gramophone

Ginastera

Magazine article Gramophone

Ginastera

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Ginastera 'One Hundred' Harp Concerto, Op 25 (a). Pampeana No 1, Op 16 (b). Danzas argentinas, Op 2 (c). Guitar Sonata, Op 47 (d) (b) Gil Shaham vn (bc) Orli Shaham pf (a) Yolanda Kondonassis hp (d) Jason Vleaux gtr (a) Oberlin Orchestra / Raphael Jimenez Oberlin Music (F) OC16-04 (55' * DDD)

This centenary tribute to the Argentine composer Alfredo Ginastera is the brainchild of harpist Yolanda Kondonassis--an act of gratitude, she writes in the booklet-note, for the 'gift' of the composer's Harp Concerto (1956/68). Her performance abounds with affectionate detail, particularly in the third-movement cadenza, which she plays with a keen sense of dramatic timing and a range of colour that's breathtaking. The orchestra of the Oberlin Conservatory under Raphael Jimenez provide solid support, though they lack the power and elan of the Mexico City Philharmonic under Batiz or the Lyon National Orchestra under Robertson.

The Pampeana No 1 (1947) is an Argentine rhapsody along the lines of Bartok or Enescu, with a long, song-like introduction leading into a rollicking, virtuoso dance. Gil and Orli Shaham underscore the music's modernist elements in a spiky, lean-toned and rhythmically taut reading. …

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