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.

Rosa Antonelli performs Astor Piazzolla's (1921-1992) Adiós Nonino