Ginastera: Cello Concertos (Bamberg Symphony Orchestra/ Lothar Zagrosek/ Mark Kosower) (Naxos: 8.572372)
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Alberto Ginastera was one of the most admired and respected musical voices of the twentieth century, who successfully fused the strong traditional influences of his national heritage with experimental, contemporary, and classical techniques. The two Cello Concertos are among his most innovative, brilliant and technically formidable compositions. The First Concerto, the definitive version of which was premiered by Ginastera's second wife Aurora Natola in 1978, is notable for the provocative singing lines, Latin dance rhythms and virtuosity of its solo part, and the intense colours and abundant percussion of the orchestral accompaniment. The Second Concerto, composed as a 10th wedding anniversary tribute 'To my dear Aurora', makes more prominent use of Argentine folk elements. It includes a brilliant depiction of the rising sun, percussion instruments portraying sounds of the jungle, and a celebratory rustic finale.
"The Argentinian Alberto Ginastera proves to be the winning ticket for cellist Mark Kosower... These electric and lyrical performances revel in the music's percussive rhythms as well as its reflective and mysterious melodic invention." The Strad