Composer: Astor Piazzólla, Alberto Ginastera, Osvaldo Golijov
Performer: Candida Thompson – violin
Orchestra: Amsterdam Sinfonietta
Conductor: Candida Thompson
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 192kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 1.88 GB
Scan: yes (booklet PDF)
Candida Thompson, Amsterdam Sinfonietta /
Ginastera, Golijov, Piazzolla – The Argentinian Album (2014)
Astor Piazzólla (1921-92)
Four Seasons of Buenos Aires
01. Summer ‘Verano Porteño’ 06:42
02. Autumn ‘Otoño Porteño’ 07:19
03. Winter ‘Invierno Porteño’ 06:37
04. Spring ‘Primavera Porteña’ 05:51
Alberto Ginastera (1916-83)
Concerto for String Orchestra Op. 33
05. I Variazioni per i solisti 09:35
06. II Scherzo fantastico 04:04
07. III Adagio angoscioso 07:14
08. IV Finale Furioso 04:45
Osvaldo Golijov (b.1960)
09.I Last Round, II Deaths of the Angel 13:16
‘I can’t imagine a more diverse palette of sounds, styles and colours than the three composers on this recording. They are unmistakably Argentinian yet tantalisingly different. Between them they represent the vibrant fusion of cultures that exist in Argentina today. In order to give full justice to their music, we researched their personal tastes, sources and sound worlds, looking for the influences that shaped them.’ Candida Thompson, artistic director, violin (liner notes)
Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs ingenious programmes featuring well-known repertoire combined with commissions, new arrangements or rarely performed works.
On this brand new recording they combined Ginastera’s unique masterpiece ‘Concerto per corde’ with Golijov’s effectively written showpiece ‘Last Round’ and Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons’ in Leonid Desyatnikov’s arrangement. Candida Thompson listenend to Piazzolla’s own recordings of this work and decided to mirror the flexibility of his band by using a small string group consisting of 6 violins, 3 violas, 2 cellos and bass for their performances.
BBC Music Magazine
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.
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.
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.