horizontal line

Chandos’ series of orchestral works by Ginastera has thus far centred on his ballets: Estancia in Volume 1 and here Panambí (1937), with its somewhat Ravel-like female choral ending. Mena’s account of this early, impressionistic score is ravishing. Even more impressive is the Second Piano Concerto (1972) played with coruscating virtuosity by Xiayin Wang. Its seemingly fragmentary four-movement structure (32 Variations in emulation of Beethoven, Scherzo for the lefthand, Fantasia and conjoined cadenza-Finale) is melded together entirely convincingly. The Concerto has previously been recorded by Barbara Nissman (Pierian) and Dora de Marinis (Naxos), yet this newcomer has the edge, at least in terms of the quality of accompaniment and of Chandos’ spectacular sound, which is the best of the three. Highly recommended.

GUY RICKARDS Read the full review on Agora Classica

   Read full review   

To continue reading, please upgrade to a premium account. You will have immediate full access.

Read more classical music reviews online here:

Piano International, 2017 - ©Rhinegold Publishing