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Baroque Album

Gabriela Montero Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Gabriela Montero’s visionary interpretations and unique improvisational gifts have won her a fast-expanding audience and devoted following around the world. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Montero gave her first public performance at the age of five. Aged eight she made her concerto debut with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra conducted by José Antonio Abreu and was ... Read more in Amazon's Gabriela Montero Store

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,161 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sanz: Canarios 1:40
2. Vivaldi: Autumn 2:24
3. Pachelbel: Canon 4:27
4. Handel: Sarabande 3:51
5. Montero: Baroque & Me 4:27
6. Handel: Hallelujah 2:21
7. Albinoni: Adagio 7:01
8. Handel: Largo 3:42
9. J. S. Bach: Prelude 2:00
10. Vivaldi: Winter 5:10
11. Handel: Hornpipe 4:49
12. D. Scarlatti: Sonata 1:28
13. Vivaldi: Spring 3:46
14. Vivaldi: Summer & Winter 2:00
15. Montero: Continuum 4:11

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius October 9, 2007
By Bruce S
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have enjoyed Montero's other 2 improv albums this one will be no disappointment. She has once again astounded me with her ability to maintain the structure and essence of the original works, yet bring her own personal flair to each of them by successfully integrating some of her major influences (Rachmaninoff, Chopin, etc). She is an original and so is her musical style. Its the kind of Album that one can listen to again and again and hear something new every time! Her treatment of Albinoni's Adagio and Pachabel's Canon are stunning. Plus she covers all of Vivaldi's seasons! Wonderful.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Kendra
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Need a treat, a classical music improvisation treat on the piano? Well, here it is. This is a really beautiful recording. I am listening to Albinoni and Bach and Handel and Vivaldi all spun just slightly differently by this astonishingly talented pianist, Gabriela Montero.

Sometimes when Glenn Gould was playing he would hum along to the music. And he'd be so carried away with himself well, he'd hum louder. In some recordings his humming is quite audible and I hate to say, distracted me from his brilliant playing--there are some recordings of Bach by him that I can't listen to anymore on account of the humming. Gabriela is also carried away with the beauty of the music but has the self-control that Gould did not.

This recording is dated last year. It's new and it's fresh. It's got a haunting lovely thoughtful and thought-provoking introspection about it. The recording quality is excellent with the piano deep and flawless.

This pianist plays with superb technical alacrity and a deep emotional connection to her art. She is a serious treat to listen to, and while slightly lighter in intensity than some of the originals that she is improvising on, her own art makes it all seem new again.

These kind of recordings with a newly discovered artist, at least to me, is something that fills my heart with a new joy. Like discovering a new favorite wine or a new author or a new artist, Montero grabs you and leads down a beautiful path of sound and spirit and feeling. Rarely has the piano sounded so clean and crisp than on this beautiful recording.

Plaudits to Gabriela Montero and also to her producer David Groves for doing such a superb job capturing her playing so finely.

So, do you need a new piano treat?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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EMI Classics presents "BAROQUE ALBUM" --- Gabriela Montero in her album comments that she sees the joy of the public's involvement in the music at her concerts --- She has brought improvisation to the concert stage reminding us of the freedom and disembodiment that was always shared and promoted by the great composers of the past when they allowed themselves to `just fly.' --- They were not so concerned with being `perfect.' --- but were just honest and outspoken voices defending their need to express thru sound and meaning.

Montero covers the main themes of all four Vivaldi Seasons in three separate improvisations, and the "Hallelujah Chorus" gets a surprising little treatment that might be by Leroy Anderson --- especially liked her improvisations on two favorite Baroque themes: the "Handel Sarabande" and "Albinoni's Adagio" --- The latter receives the longest improvisation of all at seven minutes and is a jewel of a piece which I for one could hear over and over --- Montero really has something unique going on here --- one could linger on and on with her improvisations, which is pleasing to the ear.

Baroque - Gabriela Montero (Track Listings)

1 Canarios [1:40]
2 Autumn [2:24]
3 Canon [4:26]
4 Sarabande [3:50]
5 'Baroque And Me' [3:43]
6 'Hallelujah' [2:23]
7 Adagio [7:01]
8 Largo [3:41]
9 Prelude [2:01]
10 Winter [5:09]
11 Hornpipe [4:48]
12 Sonata [1:28]
13 Spring [3:45]
14 Summer And Winter [2:02]
15 'Continuum' [4:11]

Hats off to EMI Classics --- strongly recommend this CD to all music lovers and all others who need to hear some great Classical music --- Gabriela Montero please stand up and take a bow for this well deserved rare gem you've given us --- this is a keeper!

Total Time: 52 mins on 15 Tracks ~ EMI Classical ~ (10/02/2007)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! March 23, 2009
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I was introduced to Gabriela Montero's music via pubic radio when Vivaldi:Spring was aired, track #13 from this Baroque album. Much like spring, her improvisation seemed to be a breath of fresh morning air, something new, vibrant, unique - but unique in a good way - uplifting. So I placed it on my 'wish list' for a Christmas gift exchange at work, and after a few months of delay, the CD arrived. Good things definitely worth waiting for.

The CD exceeded my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The first two tracks are lively sounding jazz-like interpretations. Others have commented that Gabriela imitates Vince Guaraldi stylistically and that is evident on these two tracks as well as track #9, the Bach prelude. Track 6 features melody from Handel's Hallelujah Chorus but re-done in what sounds like a rag. Who could imagine the Hallelujah Chorus dressed in rag time?!? Yet the versatile Montero pulls it off. She also demonstrates a much deeper, delicate, soft side using Pachelbel's Canon. She executes her phrases flawlessly, demonstrating various degrees of pianos, pianissimos, fortes and fortissimos - not with gratuitous showmanship but rather artistic purpose. Her rendition of Handel's Sarabande (track 4) sounds as though it were influenced by Bach himself! A marvelous work of improvisation. All that said my favorite is track 14, Vivaldi: Summer and Winter. One can hear right in the beginning a combination of 'Flight of the Bumble bee' mixed with Vivaldi's thunderstorm from his season of summer. The track features Gabriela's virtuosity as she plays furiously across the keyboard but extremely clean and Gabriela demonstrates considerable power here too. Sadly the track is only 2 minutes long.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Divine?
Yes! Divine! Uncanny talent, impeccable musicianship, deft technique, unexpected leaps--I never grow tired of listening. Buy it! Or buy more and give to your best friends.
Published 8 months ago by Bob Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars A recital of improvisations of baroque music
This CD contains 13 of Montero's imaginative improvisations with two tracks of her own compositions. These are good to listen to and illustrate the ingenuity of her creativity. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dr. H. A. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Swimming against the tide, but...
An improvisation is wonderful, if, and this is a huge if, an improvement on the original is made. After listening to all 15 cuts I have to say that in every case the original is... Read more
Published on March 27, 2012 by Tom Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars La belle Gabrielle
La belle Vénézuellienne s'est fait connaître en trois disques d'improvisations très achevés ; son Baroque est des plus colorés ; son Bach sort de... Read more
Published on April 25, 2011 by PVP
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful fusion of classical and jazz
Up until now I have never heard of Gabriela Montero. I recently discovered her this weekend when I was rummaging through the cd bins at my library and came across her BAROQUE... Read more
Published on May 17, 2008 by E. Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent improvisations amazing talent
Congratulations to Gabriela Montero for develop a great experience and enjoy on some Baroque themes, excellent fluid improvisations. Read more
Published on March 31, 2008 by Jesus Daniel Lima Candeias
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!
I've not heard Gabriela before I listened to this album. It didnt take me more than a single listening to conclude that this is not a usual classical album, nor is it Jazz... Read more
Published on February 22, 2008 by R. S. Balaji
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing!
Gabriela Montero's Baroque album shows how a young but accomplished and imaginative artist can shed more light on Baroque composers and their music. I was totally astonished. Read more
Published on December 26, 2007 by David L. Erickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Free wheeling marvel
She's a marvel.I like baroque music but the she makes listening a complete and total joy.
Published on December 17, 2007 by Kenneth Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning in its Subtlety
I was on the fence between giving 4 stars or 5, because the first two selections just are not a great fit for the rest of the album. Read more
Published on November 3, 2007 by Dante Zucker
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