Ponce & Castro - Conciertos Romanticos | Cedille Records CDR90000221

Ponce & Castro - Conciertos Romanticos


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Label: Cedille Records

Cat No: CDR90000221

Barcode: 0735131922128

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 25th August 2023



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.

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.

Conciertos Romanticos is produced by the Grammy-winning team of James Ginsburg (producer) and Bill Maylone (engineer). The concertos were recorded on 1 and 8 August 2022 at the Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City (Bogdan Zawistowski, session director); the solo works were recorded on 11 November 2022 at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

A recipient of the prestigious Medalla Bellas Artes, the highest honour 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.

Conciertos Románticos is Osorio’s ninth recording for Cedille following his highly acclaimed The French Album, Final Thoughts – The Last Piano Works of Schubert & Brahms, Russian Recital, Carlos Chávez Piano Concerto, Salón Mexicano, an entire disc devoted to music of Ponce, a 2-CD set of Debussy and Liszt, and Piano Español.

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