Piazzolla, Ginastera, Golijov – the argentinian album

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

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. Although one immediately feels that Ginastera’s unique masterpiece Concerto per corde is written in a language close to the European masterworks of the twentieth century such as Bartók’s Divertimento, or Berg’s Lyric Suite, it’s a very particular and original work. Ginastera changes between such imaginative quasi improvised solo sections and very precisely structured passages. While playing his Concerto one has a tremendous feeling of freedom within structure. Candida Thompson

Tracklist

1.
Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buens Aires - Summer
06:38
2.
Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buens Aires - Autumn
07:17
3.
Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buens Aires - Winter
06:33
4.
Piazzolla Four Seasons of Buens Aires - Spring
05:45
5.
Ginastera - concerto for String Orchestra opus 33 - Viarazioni per I solisti
09:27
6.
Ginastera - concerto for String Orchestra opus 34 - Scherzo fantastico
04:00
7.
Ginastera - concerto for String Orchestra opus 35 - Adagio angoscioso
07:09
8.
Ginastera - concerto for String Orchestra opus 36 - finale Furioso
04:36
9.
Golijov Last Round for double quartet and bass
13:10

Total time: 01:04:35

Additional information

Artists

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Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

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Original Recording Format

Cables

van der Hul

Digital Converters

Grimm

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Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mastering Equipment

B+W 803 diamond series

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom made

Producer

Willem de Bordes, Jared Sacks

Recording Engineer

Jared Sacks

Recording location

Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden Holland

Recording Software

Pyramix

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

SKU

33014

Release Date October 10, 2014
SKU 33014

Press reviews

The Guardian

(…) 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.

Gramophone

(…) Thompson dispatches the solo part [of Piazzolla] with commendable swing, leading the ensemble with aplomb. The main event here, undeniable, is Ginastera’s Concerto for strings (…) The Amsterdam Sinfonietta’s account is splendidly prepared and executed (…)

Musicalifiteiten

Levendige, stijlvolle ritmiek en articulatie plus een welkome zangerige ondertoon (…)

Musicframes

A flexible string orchestra that easily finds its way through the rapidly changing timbre’s, rhythm and playing several techniques; especially in the IInd part ‘Scherzo Fantastico‘ of Ginestera’s work. The orchestra sounds authentic, transparent and nowhere affected.

Limburgs Dagblad

(…) meeslepende mix van passie en melancholie (…) Vlijmscherp zijn de strijkstokken van Amsterdam Sinfonietta. (…)

HVT

(…) Heerlijke, warmbloedige en opzwepende muziek!

NRC

Astor Piazzolla’s Vier Seizoenen van Buenos Aires: misschien wel de beste opname tot nu toe (…) -het bruist, het prikt. Heel mooi.

Luister 10

(…) een meesterlijk Argentijns drieluik (…) een plaat die zich onderscheidt door briljant spel en een dito opname (…) warm, opzwepend, sensueel en opwindend en Thompson speelt de vioolsolo’s werkelijk onweerstaanbaar. Kremer en consorten, de absolute favoriet tot nu toe, kunnen wel inpakken. (…) een plaat die niemand onberoerd laat.

Audiophile Audition

Three important Argentinian composers, and works for strings in excellent surround.

Opusklassiek

(…) het resultaat is betoverend (…) er wordt hier meesterlijk gspeeld door Candida Thompson (…) Sinfonietta beheerst hem (Ginastera) tot drie cijfers achter de komma. (…) Prachtig repertoire, fonkelend gespeeld en perfect opgenomen.

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