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For the five works on this disc, Ginastera drew upon Argentine and other Meso- and South American subjects. Evocative of native influences, the life of the gaucho on the pampas, and influenced by the music of his time, they span the composer' entire cr

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listen  1. Estancia, Op. 8: Scene 2: Los Trabajadores AgricolasLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Estancia, Op. 8: Scene 2: Danza del TrigoLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Estancia, Op. 8: Scene 3: La DomaLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Estancia, Op. 8: Scene 3: Idilio CrepuscularLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Estancia, Op. 8: Scene 5: Danza Final: MalamboLondon Symphony Orchestra 3:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen): I. Adagietto pianissimoJerusalem Symphony Orchestra 1:55$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen): II. Allegro rusticoJerusalem Symphony Orchestra0:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen): III. Allegretto cantabileJerusalem Symphony Orchestra 1:54$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen): IV. Calmo e poeticoJerusalem Symphony Orchestra 1:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Suite de danzas criollas, Op. 15 (arr. S. Cohen): V. Scherzando - Coda: Presto ed energicoJerusalem Symphony Orchestra 2:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Panambi, Op. 1: Danza de los GuerrerosLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Panambi, Op. 1: Juego de las Deidades del AguaLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Panambi, Op. 1: Invocacion a los Espiritus PoderososLondon Symphony Orchestra 1:16$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen14. Panambi, Op. 1: Danza del HechiceroLondon Symphony Orchestra 2:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen15. Panambi, Op. 1: El AmanecerLondon Symphony Orchestra 4:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen16. Ollantay, Op. 17: I. Paisaje de OllantaytamboBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 4:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen17. Ollantay, Op. 17: II. Los GuerrerosBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 3:05$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen18. Ollantay, Op. 17: III. La Muerte de OllantayBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 5:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen19. Popol vuh, Op. 44: I. La Noche de los TiemposBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 5:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen20. Popol vuh, Op. 44: II. El Nacimiento de la TierraBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 4:32$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen21. Popol vuh, Op. 44: III. El Despertar de la NaturalezaBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 5:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen22. Popol vuh, Op. 44: IV. El Grito de la CreacionBbc National Orchestra Of Wales0:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen23. Popol vuh, Op. 44: V. La Gran LluviaBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 3:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen24. Popol vuh, Op. 44: VI. La Ceremonia Magica del MaizBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 2:28$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen25. Popol vuh, Op. 44: VII. El Sol, la Luna y las EstrellasBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 1:35$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen26. Popol Vuh, Op. 44: VIII. El Amanecer De La HumanidadBbc National Orchestra Of Wales 1:15$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B003IP2Y58
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dean Frey on July 28, 2010
Format: Audio CD
It's interesting how many of the orchestral scores of the very greatest Latin American composers were written for the ballet. The Brazilian Villa-Lobos wrote more than a few, as did the Mexicans Carlos Chavez & Silvestre Revueltas, and most of these works are of very high quality. But perhaps the most impressive ballet scores come from the Argentine composer Alberta Ginastera. This disc includes a wide range of ballet scores, from the first, Panambi, op. 1, to his very last work, Popol Vuh, left unfinished at his death in 1982. As well, this fine new Naxos disc includes an extended suite from one of Ginastera's finest works, Estancia, a nostalgic evocation of the fast-disappearing gauchesco world; the Suite de Danzas Criollas, in a new orchestration by Shimon Cohen; and Ollantay, a post-war score based on an Incan poem.

As with the recently-released Naxos disc of Revueltas music, we have here a collection of fairly recent and older recordings from various orchestras, all conducted by the excellent conductor Gisele Ben-Dor. Naxos has packaged 1997-2006 recordings made in Wales, Israel, and Abbey Road, though there are unfortunate overlaps with other CDs. Still, at a bargain price this may not be a major disadvantage.

For me the most interesting work here is Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation. The original commission for the work, from Eugene Ormandy & the Philadelphia Orchestra, goes back to 1957, though Ginastera didn't begin work on the piece until the early 1980s. It's interesting that Ginastera should have set Popul Vuh for his ballet, since this is the same text used by Edgard Varese in his avant-garde classic Ecuatorial (1933). While Ginastera's music isn't as cutting edge, these creation stories have called forth some of his most impressive orchestral sounds.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Andy Bjelland on July 6, 2010
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This is a frustratingly marketed disc: seemingly for the Ginastera "completist" (though perhaps a listener who had caught "Malambo" on the radio and was curious to hear more from the great Argentine composer would also pick it up), fully one-third of the disc consists of previously (re)released material. The "casual" Ginestera listener (if such a creature exists) would be better served by the Naxos re-release (originally Conifer:Alberto Ginastera: Panambí (Ballet, 1937) / Estancia (Complete Ballet, 1941) - London Symphony Orchestra / Gisèle Ben-Dor) of Gisele Ben-Dor's marvelous "World Premiere" recording of the complete Estancia and Panambi ballet scores (Panambi Estancia).

And therein lies the problem, for the Ginastera completist will no-doubt already own that disc in one incarnation or the other. Fully 26 minutes of the present disc are excerpts from that very recording, re-fashioned as so-called "extended suites." The booklet notes go to great lengths (hubris, anyone?) to praise the superiority of these "extended" suites to those that the composer may have designed himself, and the gurus at Naxos (alas, how the mighty succumb to the illness of the marketing hordes) deign to place an asterisk next to them and proclaim them "World Premiere Recordings"!
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I got to know Ginastera's Estancia, likely his best known work, ages ago on an LP with recordings conducted by Enrico Batiz. At that time it didn't make a lasting impression. But this CD surprised me with an unexpected level of compositional skill and refinement. Another feature that took me by surprise is the jaw-dropping energy that the female conductor of Israeli extraction Gisèle Ben-Dor brings to the performance of these pieces. Particularly in the two ballet suites - Panambia op. 1 and Estancia op. 8 - the London Symphony Orchestra seem to be at the very edge of their seats!

Stylistically, these pieces oscillate between athletic primitivism and a poignant, rustic lyricism à la Copland (with whom Ginastera studied). They are symphonic spectaculars in the true sense of the word, featuring an abundance of explosive rhythms and memorable tunes. What also strikes is Ginastera's fantastic mastery of the orchestra, even in his op. 1 which he wrote at the tender age of 20.

In addition to the ballet suites the CD includes three orchestral works that feature an interesting stylistic palette. The Suite of Native Dances op. 15 is very short and probably the least memorable of the package. Ollantay (A Symphonic Tryptich), op. 17, inspired by Incan lore, is much more substantial. Here the colours are muted and the symphonic argument more differentiated than in the suites. The most notable piece on this CD is the unfinished opus Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation, op. 44. Allegedly this was a commission by Eugene Ormandy which Ginastera was very slow to take up and eventually he continued to work on it for almost 20 years. It was still unfinished by the time of his death in 1983.
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