Remembranza – Piano pieces by Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos; Nazareth, Granados, Albeniz / Rosa Antonelli, piano

Pianist Rosa Antonelli takes us on a musical tour of South America and Spain with this collection of beguiling pieces for solo piano titled Remembranza, remembrance of Latin sounds. The melancholy romantic music by Astor Piazzolla, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth, Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz forms an attractive program that Ms. Antonelli performs with complete and natural fluency for the idiom.

Considered a leading exponent of Spanish and Latin American music, Rosa Antonelli made her debut at Carnegie Hall in October of 2011 with a program of music by mostly Argentine and Spanish composers. Several of the pieces from that recital are on this CD, including music from Albéniz’ Suite Espanola, Op. 47 and four tangos by Piazzolla. One of the highlights for me on this disc is the Valsa Da Dor by Villa-Lobos. It’s wonderful to hear what she does to make the 3/4 time of this unhurried and sadly beautiful waltz so supple and dreamlike.

This is among the most beautifully recorded CDs that I have heard from Albany Records. If you have an interest in this repertoire, you won’t go wrong adding this immediately gratifying album to your collection.

Album Overview

Rosa Antonelli, a leading exponent of Spanish and Latin American music, offers her second recording on Albany Records.

Rosa Antonelli evokes the memories of Latin sounds for her second recording on Albany Records. Born in Argentina, Ms. Antonelli enjoys an active and varied performance career. She has been hailed as a leading exponent of Spanish and Latin American music, which she has performed to audiences around the world in extensive tours that have taken her to Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. Trained at the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires, she was also a participant in the International University Music Program in Santiago de Compostela where she received the Rosa Sabater Award for her interpretation of Spanish music. Her first recording on Albany Records, Esperanza-Sounds of Hope, received critical praise as did her New York debut at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, where Harris Goldsmith wrote that her “…inward poetry forced me to rehear, and revalue Piazzolla’s Tangos, which she infused with an eloquence and inner communication…”


Piano: Rosa Antonelli

Rosa Antonelli is enjoying an active and varied performance career. Her artistic insight and flawless technique are combined to create an impressive musical vision. She has been hailed by critics as a leading exponent of Spanish and Latin American music. In 1986 she was awarded the Rosa Sabater Price from the Spanish Government, for the best interpretation of Spanish music.

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Composer: Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla

Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla (March 11, 1921 – July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. A virtuoso bandoneónist, he regularly performed his own compositions with a variety of ensembles.

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Composer: Ernesto Nazareth

Ernesto Júlio de Nazareth (March 20, 1863 – February 5, 1934) was a Brazilian composer and pianist, especially noted for his creative Maxixe and Choro compositions. Influenced by African rhythms and many musical styles like the Lundu and the Choro, he never fully accepted this influence, refusing to give popular names to his compositions.

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Composer: Enrique Granados

One of the most colorful turn-of-the-century Spanish musicians, composer and pianist Enrique Granados (1867-1916) is best remembered for his evocative solo piano works; his output also includes a great deal of orchestral music and six operas (only the last of which has gained any fame). Born to an officer in the Spanish army, Granados received his first musical instruction from an army bandmaster.

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Composer: Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887 –  1959) was a Brazilian composer, described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music”. He wrote numerous orchestral, chamber, instrumental and vocal works. His music was influenced by both Brazilian folk music and by stylistic elements from the European classical tradition, as exemplified by his “Bachianas Brasileiras” (Brazilian Bachian-pieces).

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Composer: Isaac Albéniz

Though celebrated as a composer for the piano, Isaac Albéniz by no means confined himself to piano music. Indeed he devoted more than a decade of his almost forty-nine years to writing music for the stage, while intermittently throughout his career he wrote songs – more than two dozen of them – as well as several orchestral and chamber works. Born in Camprodón, Gerona on 29 May 1860, Albéniz began life as a prodigy.

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