Composer: Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov, Gabriela Montero
Performer: Gabriela Montero – piano
Orchestra: YOA Orchestra of the Americas
Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 48kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Orchid Classics
Size: 597 MB
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18 – Montero: Ex Patria, Op. 1 & Improvisations
Sergey Vassilievich Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 34:46
01. I. Moderato 11:37
02. II. Adagio sostenuto 11:37
03. III. Allegro scherzando 11:32
Gabriela Montero (b.1970)
04. Ex Patria, Op. 1 “In memoriam” 13:18
05. Improvisation No. 1 5:19
06. Improvisation No. 2 7:02
07. Improvisation No. 3 3:42
Recorded: 18 July 2013
Recording Venue: National Theater, San Jose, Costa Rica
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 Piano Concerto No.2.
Montero is a passionate advocate for the people of her native Venezuela and a vocal opponent to its brutal 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 and 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.
BBC Music Magazine
[Ex Patria is] an elegiac fantasia for piano and orchestra, very Russian in style…it hangs organically together, and has no need to be read as programme music…the best part of this CD consists of three improvisations…here is the full Montero, revelling in her fine technique and unstoppable creative flow.
Just 13 minutes long, Ex Patria certainly packs a punch. A dissonant but subdued start gives way to a violent, pulsating allegro, then a full-blooded romantic melody that sours and disintegrates…Montero’s volatile, ferociously rhythmic compositional style suits her subject.