Ginastera: Popol Vuh - The Mayan Creation

> Estancia, Op. 8 - Scene 2: Los Trabajadores Agricolas
> Estancia, Op. 8 - Scene 2: Danza del Trigo
> Estancia, Op. 8 - Scene 3: La Doma
> Estancia, Op. 8 - Scene 3: Idilio Crepuscular
> Estancia, Op. 8 - Scene 5: Danza Final: Malambo
> Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen) - I. Adagietto pianissimo
> Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen) - II. Allegro rustico
> Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen) - III. Allegretto cantabile
> Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen) - IV. Calmo e poetico
> Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen) - V. Scherzando - Coda: Presto ed energico
> Panambi, Op. 1 - Danza de los Guerreros
> Panambi, Op. 1 - Juego de las Deidades del Agua
> Panambi, Op. 1 - Invocacion a los Espiritus Poderosos
> Panambi, Op. 1 - Danza del Hechicero
> Panambi, Op. 1 - El Amanecer
> Ollantay, Op. 17 - I. Paisaje de Ollantaytambo
> Ollantay, Op. 17 - II. Los Guerreros
> Ollantay, Op. 17 - III. La Muerte de Ollantay
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - I. La Noche de los Tiempos
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - II. El Nacimiento de la Tierra
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - III. El Despertar de la Naturaleza
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - IV. El Grito de la Creacion
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - V. La Gran Lluvia
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - VI. La Ceremonia Magica del Maiz
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - VII. El Sol, la Luna y las Estrellas
> Popol vuh, Op. 44 - VIII. El Amanecer de la Humanidad

Album Summary

>Ginastera, Alberto : Estancia, Op. 8
>Ginastera, Alberto : Creole Dance Suite, for piano, Op. 15
>Ginastera, Alberto : Panambi, Op. 1
>Ginastera, Alberto : Ollantay, 3 symphonic movements, for orchestra, Op. 17
>Ginastera, Alberto : Popol Vuh, for orchestra, Op. 44
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Notes & Reviews:

For the five works on this disc, Ginastera drew upon Argentine and other Meso- and South American subjects. Evocative of native influences, the life of the gaucho on the pampas, and influenced by the music of his time, they span the composer's entire creative life, from his first acknowledged work, the ballet score 'Panambi', and the Inca-inspired 'Ollantay', to the Mayan mythological compendium 'Popol Vuh', which occupied him for about eight years and remained unfinished. These exciting, richly orchestrated works abound in the beauty and energy of dance.

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Gisele Ben-Dor does a fabulous job in conducting the London Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in these selections. All the poetry and drama are captured in excellent sound. I cannot imagine a better introduction to Ginastera's exhilarating music.



Reviews

A useful collection of Ginastera orchestral music
It's interesting how many of the orchestral scores of the very greatest Latin American composers were written for the ballet. The Brazilian Villa-Lobos wrote more than a few, as did the Mexicans Carlos Chavez & Silvestre Revueltas, and most of these works are of very high quality. But perhaps the most impressive ballet scores come from the Argentine composer Alberta Ginastera. This disc includes a wide range of ballet scores, from the first, Panambi, op. 1, to his very last work, Popol Vuh, left unfinished at his death in 1982. As well, this fine new Naxos disc includes an extended suite from one of Ginastera's finest works, Estancia, a nostalgic evocation of the fast-disappearing gauchesco world; the Suite de Danzas Criollas, in a new orchestration by Shimon Cohen; and Ollantay, a post-war score based on an Incan poem. As with the recently-released Naxos disc of Revueltas music, we have here a collection of fairly recent and older recordings from various orchestras, all conducted by the excellent conductor Gisele Ben-Dor. Naxos has packaged 1997-2006 recordings made in Wales, Israel, and Abbey Road, though there are unfortunate overlaps with other CDs. Still, at a bargain price this may not be a major disadvantage. For me the most interesting work here is Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation. The original commission for the work, from Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra, goes back to 1957, though Ginastera didn't begin work on the piece until the early 1980s. It's interesting that Ginastera should have set Popul Vuh for his ballet, since this is the same text used by Edgard Varese in his avant-garde classic Ecuatorial (1933). While Ginastera's music isn't as cutting edge, these creation stories have called forth some of his most impressive orchestral sounds. That's saying a lot, since Ginastera is a master of the orchestral palette. Once again we tip our hats to Gisele Ben-Dor, and hope that she's in the recording studio again soon, with more premiere performances of such great Latin-American music.
Submitted on 07/28/10 by Dean Frey 
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Works Details

>Ginastera, Alberto : Estancia, Op. 8 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Scene 2
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941

>Ginastera, Alberto : Estancia, Op. 8 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Scene 2
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941

>Ginastera, Alberto : Estancia, Op. 8 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Scene 3
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941

>Ginastera, Alberto : Estancia, Op. 8 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Scene 3
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941

>Ginastera, Alberto : Estancia, Op. 8 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Scene 5
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1941

>Ginastera, Alberto : Creole Dance Suite, for piano, Op. 15
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Ginastera, Alberto : Panambí, Op. 1 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Danza de los Guerreros (Dance of the Warrio
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1936

>Ginastera, Alberto : Panambí, Op. 1 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Juego de la Deidades del Agua (Games of the
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1936

>Ginastera, Alberto : Panambí, Op. 1 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Invocación a los Espíritus Poderosos (Invoc
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1936

>Ginastera, Alberto : Panambí, Op. 1 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. Danza del Hechicero (Dance of the Sorcerer)
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1936

>Ginastera, Alberto : Panambí, Op. 1 :: Extended suite from the Complete Ballet. El Amanecer (Dawn)
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK (05/23/1997-05/24/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934-1936

>Ginastera, Alberto : Ollantay, 3 symphonic movements, for orchestra, Op. 17
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: BBC Broadcasting House, Llandaff, Cardiff, UK (06/26/2001-06/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Ginastera, Alberto : Popol Vuh, for orchestra, Op. 44
  • Conductor: Gisele Ben-Dor
  • Notes: BBC Broadcasting House, Llandaff, Cardiff, UK (06/26/2001-06/27/2001)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1983