Conciertos Románticos / Osorio, Prieto, Minería Symphony

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Celebrated Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, “one of the most elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet” (Los Angeles Times) performs Romantic-era concertos and solo...

Celebrated Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, “one of the most elegant and accomplished pianists on the planet” (Los Angeles Times) performs Romantic-era concertos and solo pieces by Mexican composers Ricardo Castro and Manuel María Ponce. A recipient of the prestigious Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honor granted by Mexico’s National Institute of Fine Arts, Osorio is joined for the concertos by Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, Musical America’s 2019 Conductor of the Year, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería.

The works on this recording exemplify the highest point of the romantic musical language in vogue in Mexico at the end of the 19th century, which later initiated the musical Nationalist movement brought on by the Mexican Revolution. Both Castro and Ponce made significant contributions to the development of classical music in Mexico, and their music reflects a synthesis of Mexican and European traditions, with influences from Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy. Castro’s Piano Concerto in A minor exemplifies true romanticism with lavish and spectacular orchestral lines. Serving as companion pieces to the concerto, Osorio performs three of Castro’s charming and expressive solo works: Berceuse, Canto de amor, and Plainte. Ponce’s Piano Concerto No. 1 "Romantico" simultaneously exhibits themes of great brilliance for the soloist, lyricism, introspection, virtuosity and beauty. Osorio also performs four of Ponce’s short solo piano pieces including one of his most popular works, Gavota, which captures the romantic nostalgia of Mexican society before the Revolution.

REVIEW:

The recording is fine, and the piano is well balanced against the orchestra, who play with unanimity and commitment. Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio gives a performance of sustained virtuosity that certainly makes the case for both concertos.

-- MusicWeb International



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 09, 2023


  • UPC: 735131922128


  • Catalog Number: CDR 221


  • Label: Cedille


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic


  • Composer: Ricardo Castro, Manuel Maria Ponce


  • Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Orquesta Sinfonica de Minería


  • Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio



Works:


  1. Piano Concerto, Op. 22

    Composer: Ricardo Castro

    Ensemble: Minería Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)

    Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto


  2. Berceuse, Op. 36, No. 1

    Composer: Ricardo Castro

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)


  3. Canto de amor

    Composer: Ricardo Castro

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)


  4. Plainte, Op. 38, No. 2

    Composer: Ricardo Castro

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)


  5. Piano Concerto No. 1, "Romantico"

    Composer: Manuel Ponce

    Ensemble: Minería Symphony Orchestra

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)

    Conductor: Carlos Miguel Prieto


  6. Arrulladora mexicana, "La Rancherita"

    Composer: Manuel Ponce

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)


  7. Gavota

    Composer: Manuel Ponce

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)


  8. Romanza de amor

    Composer: Manuel Ponce

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)


  9. Intermezzo No. 1

    Composer: Manuel Ponce

    Performer: Jorge Federico Osorio (Piano)