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Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2; Montero: Ex Patria; Improvisations / Gabriela Montero, piano; YOA Orch. of the Americas; Prieto

Album Summary

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 18 in F major, Op. 32/7
>Montero, Gabriela : Ex Patria, for piano & orchestra, Op. 1
>Montero, Gabriela : Improvisation for piano no 1
>Montero, Gabriela : Improvisation for piano no 2
>Montero, Gabriela : Improvisation for piano no 3
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gabriela Montero's debut orchestral recording features the world premiere of her first formal composition, Ex Patria, as well as her first concerto recording, Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto. Ms. Montero is a passionate advocate for the people of her native Venezuela and a vocal opponent of the Chavist government. It was here that she found her inspiration as she set down to write her Opus 1. The album marks an important point in the evolution of Montero's career. Long acclaimed as a pianist noted for her thrilling improvisations, Montero now takes her place amongst and pays homage to the great tradition of composer/performers, of which Rachmaninov is one of the most enduring exponents.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This is an in-concert recording that demonstrates the young Montero's pianistic equipment and sensibilities in a strong performance of the Rachmaninoff and her compositional abilities to produce a large-scale work for piano and orchestra, Ex Patria. The three rather extended improvisations show her ability to work freely in a Rachmaninoff-style idiom. They are pleasant enough.

Montero's Ex Patria is an amalgam of styles, most heavily influenced by Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto. It opens with quiet, high, sustained strings that supply an eerie background for the angular theme stated by the piano in duo with a French horn. The central section is a driving Toccata. A transition to a lyrical section then builds to a Rachmaninoff- type big tune ending that somehow reminded me of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Much is made in the booklet notes of the similarity of Montero, the expatriate of Venezuela, and Rachmaninoff, expatriate of Russia. It makes for a good story.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica (07/2013).



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Works Details

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Prelude for piano no 18 in F major, Op. 32/7
  • Performer: Gabriela Montero (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carlos Prieto
  • Ensemble: YOA Orchestra of the Americas
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910

>Montero, Gabriela : Ex Patria, for piano & orchestra, Op. 1
  • Performer: Gabriela Montero (Piano)
  • Conductor: Carlos Prieto
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Montero, Gabriela : Improvisation for piano no 1
  • Performer: Gabriela Montero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Montero, Gabriela : Improvisation for piano no 2
  • Performer: Gabriela Montero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Montero, Gabriela : Improvisation for piano no 3
  • Performer: Gabriela Montero (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary