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GINASTERA, A.: Popol vuh / Estancia (excerpts) / Panambi (excerpts) (London Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ben-Dor)

Composer(s):Ginastera, Alberto
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category BalletChamber MusicOrchestral
Catalogue 8.570999
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
USD 7.99

USD 6.99


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’s entire creative life, from his first acknowledged work, the ballet score Panambí, and the Inca-inspired Ollantay, to the Mayan mythological compendium Popol Vuh, which occupied him for about eight years and remained unfinished. These exciting, richly orchestrated works abound in the beauty and energy of dance.


Review By Robert R. Reilly,Catholic News Agency,July 2011

I close with some summer fun in the outrageously raucous, highly colorful, wildly imaginative music of Alberto Ginastera (1916–1983). Naxos has assembled a selection of music from his two famous ballets, Estancia and Panambi, along with a substantial piece called Popol Vuh: The Mayan Creation and Ollantay, an Inca-inspired composition. If Villa-Lobos was Brazil’s Stravinsky of the jungle, Ginastera was Argentina’s Stravinsky of the pampas. The final movement of Estancia, “Malambo,” is deliciously raucous. In between the musical riots, Ginastera writes some gorgeously lyrical music.


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