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Gabriela Montero

Piano Recital & Improvisations

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Gabriela Montero improvises a tango
Gabriela Montero, "ExPatria". A mini-documentary
1 Rachmaninov: Moment Musicaux  
2 Rachmaninov: Prelude in G maj Op.32  
3 Rachmaninov: Etude Tableau  
4 Scriabin: Prelude Op.17 No.3  
5 Scriabin: Prelude Op.16 No.4  
6 Scriabin: Prelude Op.13 No.3  
7 Scriabin: Etude Op.42 No.5  
8 de Falla: 1st Spanish Dance: La Vida Breve  
9 Granados y Campina: Quejas  
10 Ginastera: Danza del viejo boyero  
11 Ginastera: Danza de la moza donosa  
12 Ginastera: Danza del gaucho matrero  
13 Chopin: Nocturne Db maj Op.27  
14 Chopin: Fantasie-Impromptu in C# min  
15 Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1  
16 Improv. Rachmaninov Vocalise  
17 Improv. Bach/Goldberg Var  
18 Improv. Chopin Nocturne in D flat  
19 Improv. Chopin Nocturne in D flat  
20 Improv. in the style of Scriabin  
21 Improv. on Duermete mi nino (trad)  
22 Improv. in the style of a Tango  
23 Improv. Granados Quejas o la maya el ruisenor  
24 Improv. in the style of Bach  
25 Improv. Chopin Prelude in A  
26 Improvisation  
27 Improvisation  
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Pianist Gabriela Montero offers a unique album of romantic piano works With a bonus CD of improvisations – Ms. Montero is a versatile talent that must be heard. 

This 2CD set - 1 disc classical repertoire and one 'bonus' improvisation - demonstrates Gabriela Montero's unique ability, not only as a classical musician, but as an improviser in jazz and classical styles.

A Romantic recital - This recital surveys various facets of musical Romanticism, encompassing the central pillars of 19th-century piano writing (Chopin and Liszt), Spanish-speaking musical nationalists (Falla, Granados and Ginastera), and Russian composer-pianists (Rachmaninov and Scriabin) who reinterpreted the profound influences of Chopin and Liszt in new harmonic and coloristic terms.

The three dances by Ginastera (1937) ring as much with Prokofiev's sarcasm as they do of feminine seduction. After the soft intimacies of Granados, the Gaucho Dance sounds like a machine gun. Downshift again to the wafer-thin arpeggios in Chopin's D-flat Nocturne. Montero plays it as a tender ballet realized en point. The Fantasie-Impromptu flows like water, first laughing then waxing nostalgic. The recital up to the Liszt has been glittering worlds in tiny spaces. If we wanted confirmation that Montero could be Teresa Carreno reborn, we have her Liszt C Minor Mephisto Waltz. The Devil's eyes shine like topaz as dancers swirl and filigree tumbles over three octaves. The middle section sings barcarolle-fashion, until the decorative, fanciful motifs, the open fifths and fiddler's trills, carry us back to the abyss. Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven.

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