Escenas Argentinas

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Label: CHANDOS
Catalog: CHAN10185
Format: CD

The composers represented on this CD were active in the first half of the Twentieth Century. Many were part of a nationalist movement, combining elements of native Argentina folk and dance music with influences from Europe, notably Spanish, French and Italian. The first three tracks on the CD are from the symphonic poem "Escenas Argentinas" written by Carlos Lopez Buchardo (1881-1948), the founder of Argentina's National Conservatory in Buenos Aires. The composition was written in 1919-1920, and first performed by the Vienna Symphony during a 1922 tour of South America. These have a very pretty sound influenced heavily by the 19th century Romantic movement. Julian Aguirre (1868-1924) was a composer and a pianist who studied at the Madrid Conservatory. His compositions reflect strong Spanish and Italian influence. And then there is "Tangazo: Variations on Buenos Aires", composed by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992), the man who turned tango inside out. After studying with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, he created Nuevo Tango, an international phenomenon which was initially painful to Argentine ears. The Entre Rios Symphony does a fine job on this recording. Gabriel Castagna is to be commended for putting together this lovely collection.

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