America (2020)

Constantini, Piazzolla, Gershwin

Claudio Constantini

America is the new album from pianist and composer Claudio Constantini.  It features works by George Gershwin, Astor Piazzolla, and Constantini. Released by IBS Classical, it has gained instant recognition by music critics as a "masterpiece." America earned him a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Album.

America, that vast continent divided by geographic and cultural peculiarities, holds ties which sometimes are more surprising than what they would seem. Their riches come to life and are expressed through artistic means. We now focus on the musical ones, taking two of the most remarkable genres in the world as an example: jazz and tango. Fusion is the keyword, an essential element for the development of culture and society.

Claudio Constantini holds an international and multi-faceted career as a performer of two instruments, the piano, and the bandoneón, as well as being a composer in demand. Born and raised in Lima (Perú) into a musician´s family, Constantini´s unique style is defined by its solid classical roots paired with a passion for popular music genres, among which Latin American music and improvisation play a key role.

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Claudio Constantini

Claudio Constantini has had an international and multi-faceted career as a performer of two instruments, the piano and the bandoneón, as well as being a composer in demand. Born and raised in Lima (Perú) into a musician´s family, Constantini´s unique style is defined by its solid classical roots paired with a passion for popular music genres, among which Latin American music and improvisation play a key role.

Constantini´s engagements for the 2018-2019 season included appearances at the Ravinia Festival (Chicago), the Botín Foundation (Santander), and the Philharmonic Societies of Bilbao, Zaragoza and Lima, Perú. He performed with the philharmonic of the Czech Republic, the Extremadura Orchestra, the Requena orchestra, and the Murcia orchestra, this last one performing Piazzolla´s double concerto for bandoneón and guitar together with legendary guitarist Manuel Barrueco.

During 2017-2018, he performed at acclaimed concert venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus in Vienna or the Palau de la Música in Barcelona to name only a selected few, as well as appearances in festivals such as the Rheingau Festival (Germany), Klassik an Dom (Linz, Austria) and Ravinia festival (USA), among others.

He has released a total of 5 albums, all of which have had great international reception. His latest album titled America earned him a nomination for the Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Album. He has also collaborated in over a dozen productions for various artists.

?Constantini has been invited to teach master classes at several institutions in Europe and abroad. He organizes the yearly "Primavera Pianistica" masterclasses and competition in Belgium, aimed at young pianists who wish to develop their artistry further.

?He initiated his piano studies with his father (Gerardo Constantini) and later received his bachelor´s degree in Finland, his master´s degree in The Netherlands, and finally the diploma de concert in Paris, all of which earned him the highest distinctions. He was a pupil and eventually assistant of maestro Aquiles Delle Vigne, a disciple of legendary pianists Claudio Arrau and Gyorgy Cziffra.

photo:from artist's website claudioconstantini.com

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America (2020)

Constantini, Piazzolla, Gershwin

Claudio Constantini

    NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

If you enjoy some seriously great pianism, here it is! I love the Gershwin pieces!

Bill Dodd, NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

    France Musique - Album of the Day

Between popular and scholarly music, this album brings together composers who have always had a complex with symphonic and classical music. He is a musician who plays both the bandoneon and the piano, he composes and improvises. He was born in Peru and lives in Spain. He has the culture of Latin America in his blood - and it is this music that he interprets with charm. Claudio Constantini is not a pianist like the others. He made an album of Tango Jazz on the bandoneon and then recorded the complete preludes of Debussy. There is a scent of freedom in Claudio Constantini's playing. We will especially remember the works of Piazzolla which are played here on the piano but which come from the Bandoneon. Between popular and learned music, this album brings together composers who have always had a complex with symphonic and classical music. And yet, Gershwin and Piazzolla found a style that is unlike anyone; singular and poetic.

Emilie Munera and Rodolphe Bruneau-Boulmier[read full review]

    Music Chronicler

America features pianist, bandoneonist, and composer Claudio Constantini, a passionate musician with great expressive force in his musical interpretations. In this album, you will enjoy lively and lively interpretations of music by a group of composers linked to America and its rhythms and musical styles. The album provides a wide range of musical textures and great sonic contrasts. The Peruvian pianist creates an orchestral vision of the piano in its sound and musicality, He has an absolute technical mastery of the keyboard that allows it to transmit all its musical essence with a wide sound and ample sound. Clear and very precise articulation to create great expressive contrasts. The album also features a score written by Claudio Constatntini titled "Summertime Variations". These are variations of George Gershwin's famous aria "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess. It features an interesting mix of warm and varied sounds. This is an album with excellent sound quality and very natural audio.

Ofelia Roca[read full review]

    Beckmesser

America features Peruvian pianist, bandoneonist and composer Claudio Constantini. The album is focused on American music from north and south: Gershwin and Piazzolla. Both had parallel lives, with study in Paris and then development of their own personalities. Four of his best-known works are found here with a clean, precise and contrast-filled interpretation.

Gonzalo Alonso[read full review]

    Digital Music Lover

Pianist Claudio Constantini's album América is a mature and thoughtful work that perfectly shows the result of a job well done. It is the effort of a lifetime dedicated to music and a dream fulfilled. Constantini assures that in this album a very important part of his life, of his experiences and of his restless personality is captured. These experiences have led him to discover sounds, cultures, and to travel through time and space. On the piano keys, he carefully studies each sound to seek to optimize the result without letting the smallest detail escape. The pianist surprises us with a work full of sound amalgams. This is a musicological study that links two great artists: Gershwin, who considered jazz as the popular American music; and Astor Piazzola, who created a different language in tango, taking it away from the hustle and bustle of the streets and adapting it to chamber music. From Gershwin the album highlights Rhapsody in Blue, the first work in which jazz turns into the pentagram with classic forms. It is a composition that managed to have in itself the aroma of the American jazz style and the magnitude of the European symphonic tradition. It is a piece composed for orchestra, although its most solid foundations start from the piano, so it can be perfectly adapted to be played on the keyboard. Of Piazzola, the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires stand out. Nuances of Baroque and tango are perceived. We can notice the changes that the composer made in tonality and modality and the rhythmic variations that made it a true work of art. From Constantini himself, we find Summertime Variations, a delight inspired by the theme with the same name of George Gershwin. In short, América is an album with which we travel the American continent from north to south listening to the best sounds from each place. They are played by a great piano and composition teacher, Claudio Constantini, who shows us that you can love different styles and that by combining them harmonic jewels like those found in this recording are obtained, with sublime interpretations.

Ana R. Colmenarejo[read full review]

America (2020)

Constantini, Piazzolla, Gershwin

Claudio Constantini

Digital Converters: Horus, Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Room: Iberia Studio
Microphones: DPA Microphones
Producer: Francisco Moya
Recording Engineer: Cheluis Salmeron
Recording Location: Auditorio Manual de Falla in Granada, Spain on May 7-9, 2018
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: PSI Audio

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1.
Rhapsody in Blue Version for Piano
Gershwin
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2.
3 Preludes - No. 1 in B-Flat Major. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Gershwin
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3 Preludes - No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor. Andante con moto e poco rubato
Gershwin
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3 Preludes - No. 3 in E-Flat Minor. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Gershwin
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Summertime Variations - Thema
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 1
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 2
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 3
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 4
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 5
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 6
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 7
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 8
Constantini
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Summertime Variations - Var. 9
Constantini
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15.
Summertime Variations - Coda
Constantini
00:00:02   N/A
16.
Las 4 Estaciones Porteoas Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - II. Verano Porteoo
Piazzolla
00:00:06   N/A
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Las 4 Estaciones Porteoas Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - III. Otooo Porteoo
Piazzolla
00:00:07   N/A
18.
Las 4 Estaciones Porteoas Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - IV. Invierno Porteoo
Piazzolla
00:00:08   N/A
19.
Las 4 Estaciones Porteoas Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - I. Primavera Porteoa
Piazzolla
00:00:06   N/A
20.
Tango Ballet Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - I. Titulos
Piazzolla
00:00:01   N/A
21.
Tango Ballet Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - II. La Calle
Piazzolla
00:00:01   N/A
22.
Tango Ballet Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - III. Encuentro - Olvido
Piazzolla
00:00:03   N/A
23.
Tango Ballet Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - IV. Cabaret
Piazzolla
00:00:01   N/A
24.
Tango Ballet Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - V. Soledad
Piazzolla
00:00:02   N/A
25.
Tango Ballet Arr. C. Constantini for Piano - VI. La Calle
Piazzolla
00:00:01   N/A
26.
Tardecita Pampeana
Constantini
00:00:01   N/A

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