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 compostions.
Cello Concerto 2, composed in 1980, as a tenth wedding anniversary tribute to "My Dear Aurora Natola", 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.
Cello Concerto No.2 op.50 (34:32) :-
1) I Metamorfosi di un tema 2) II Scherzo sfuggevole 3) III Nottilucente 4) IV Cadenza e Finale rustico
Cello Concerto 1, the definitive version of which was premiered by Ginastera's second wife Aurora Natola in 1978 (a decade after its initial composition), 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.
Cello Concerto No.1 (34:18) :-
5) I Adagio molto appassionato 6) II Presto sfumato - Trio notturnale 7) III Assai mosso ed esaltato - Largo amoroso
(Photo Two : Ginastera in his younger days)
The CD is in EX+ condition.