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Ginastera: Pampena / Castegna, Berlin SO

Album Summary

>Ginastera, Alberto : Creole Faust Overture, for orchestra, Op. 9
>Ginastera, Alberto : Pampeana no 3 for Orchestra, Op 24
>Ginastera, Alberto : Dances from Estancia, dance suite from the ballet, Op. 8a
>Ginastera, Alberto : Glosses on Themes of Pablo Casals, for orchestra, Op. 48
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Notes & Reviews:

"These muscular, spirited performances are equal to or better than the competition. Chandos's sound is full, but with a clearer soundstage than usual." - Hecht, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Either of these two well-produced discs would make a near-ideal introduction to this versatile composer's output, featuring three of his finest orchestral inspirations. If the suite from his ballet Estancia (1942) remains his best-known work, and its malambo finale one of the most famous pieces in Latin American music, the Overture to the Creole Faust (1943) can't be far behind. Both are outgoing, 'popular' items, whereas the 'symphonic pastoral' Pampeana No 3 (1954) is more obviously serious.

All three works receive committed performances on both discs. Castagna and the Berliners find a touch more magic in the Pampeana's slower outer movements aided by Chandos's sumptuous sound, but the Danish players, led by their Venezuelan-born conductor, often have the edge in the swifter sections. In Estancia, the resonance of Chandos's recording works against the music: Bridge's drier, cleaner sound in the Carl Nielsen Hall in Odense is more successful.

And while some of Jan Wagner's tempos seem a shade deliberate compared to Castagna's, he mostly justifies them by the pacing of each work in toto.

If there's little overall to choose between the newcomers, the fourth item on each may decide the matter. On Chandos comes a scintillating account of the second, full-orchestral version of the more harmonically advanced Glosses on Themes of Pablo Casals, originally written for strings to celebrate the Catalan cellist's centenary in 1976 and rescored a year later. In contrast, Bridge restores to the CD catalogue Ginastera's Ollantay (1947), a darkly colourful and dramatic folk-triptych that could be thought of as an Argentinian Taras Bulba.

If you want only one version of these pieces the Bridge is recommended.



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Works Details

>Ginastera, Alberto : Creole Faust Overture, for orchestra, Op. 9
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Siemens-Villa, Berlin, Germany (04/12/1994-04/15/1994)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1943

>Ginastera, Alberto : Pampeana no 3 for Orchestra, Op 24
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Siemens-Villa, Berlin, Germany (04/12/1994-04/15/1994)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Ginastera, Alberto : Dances from Estancia, dance suite from the ballet, Op. 8a
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Siemens-Villa, Berlin, Germany (04/12/1994-04/15/1994)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Ginastera, Alberto : Glosses on Themes of Pablo Casals, for orchestra, Op. 48
  • Conductor: Gabriel Castagna
  • Ensemble: Berlin Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: The Siemens-Villa, Berlin, Germany (04/12/1994-04/15/1994)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1977