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The Argentinian Album - works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Golijov / Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Las estaciones porteñas (4)
>Ginastera, Alberto : Concerto for Strings, Op. 33
>Golijov, Osvaldo : Last Round, for 2 string quartets & double bass
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

On this exciting release, Candida Thompson leads the Amsterdam Sinfonietta in a rich and varied program of Argentinean works featuring well-known repertoire combined with commissions, new arrangements and rarely performed works. The selections range from Ginastera’s unique masterpiece Concerto per corde to Golijov’s showpiece Last Round to Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in an arrangement by Leonid Desyatnikov.

The Guardian, 4th December 2014
They have mastered the slides and snaps that are required to bring something of the flavour of the original to [the Four Seasons], but they never quite manage to capture its essential earthiness. It is the Ginastera Concerto, the composer's own expansion of his second string quartet...that comes off best here, and shows what the Amsterdam Sinfonietta can do so very well.

Gramophone Magazine
Thompson dispatches the solo part [of the Piazzolla] with commendable swing, leading the ensemble with aplomb. The main event here, undeniably, is Ginastera's Concerto for strings...The Amsterdam Sinfonietta's account is splendidly prepared and executed...Channel Classics's sound is clear if slightly clinical.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
Thompson lends a wild voluptuousness to this feel-good Argentinian collection. One of the best performances of Piazzolla's spicy Four Seasons on disc; Ginastera's string Concerto boasts a scherzo like high-octane Mendelssohn and a ferocious finale.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
British-born violinist Candida Thompson, 47, has been artistic director of the 22-member string ensemble Amsterdam Sinfonietta since 2003. She's a fine violinist with a rich tone and superb technique, and her orchestra plays with excellent ensemble. The engineering is resonant, warm, and balanced. If you look for it, it's titled "The Argentinian (sic) Album".


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Works Details

>Piazzolla, Astor : Las estaciones porteñas (4)
  • Performer: Candida Thompson (Violin)
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Ensemble: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
  • Notes: Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, The Netherlands (04/07/0214-04/08/2014)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965-1970

>Ginastera, Alberto : Concerto for Strings, Op. 33
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Notes: Bachzaal, Amsterdam (11/11/2008-11/12/2001)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1965

>Golijov, Osvaldo : Last Round, for 2 string quartets & double bass
  • Conductor: Candida Thompson
  • Running Time: 13 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1996