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Carlos Chávez Piano Concerto

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Carlos Chávez Piano Concerto

Carlos Miguel PrietoJorge Federico OsorioOrquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México

  • CDR 90000 140

Cedille Selects tracks are designed to provide a representative overview of the album

    • I. Largo non troppo — Allegro agitato (20:17)

    • CARLOS CHÁVEZ (1899–1978)

      Piano Concerto (1940) (36:32)

      I. Largo non troppo — Allegro agitato (20:17)

    • II. Molto lento (9:10)

    • II. Molto lento (9:10)

    • III. Finale: Allegro non troppo (7:05)

    • III. Finale: Allegro non troppo (7:05)

    • Meditación (1918) (5:09)


      Meditación (1918) (5:09)

    • José Pablo Moncayo: Muros Verdes (1951) (6:36)

    • José Pablo Moncayo: Muros Verdes (1951) (6:36)

    • Samuel Zyman: Variations on an Original Theme (2007) (16:00)*

    • SAMUEL ZYMAN (b. 1956)

      Samuel Zyman: Variations on an Original Theme (2007) (16:00)*

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Rarely heard in concert or on disc, 20th-century Mexican composer Carlos Chávez’s spectacular Piano Concerto, completed in 1940, receives an insightful and compelling performance from Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, with his native country’s flagship orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de Mexico and its music director, the dynamic young conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto.

Chávez (1899–1978) wrote “extraordinarily varied works of Mexican character,” notes Grove Music Online. In addition to Chávez’s epic concerto, Osorio plays three works for solo piano on the new CD: Chávez’s early Meditación; Mexican nationalist composer José Pablo Moncayo’s Muros Verdes (Green Walls), from 1951; and contemporary Mexican-born American composer Samuel Zyman’s Variations on an Original Theme (2010).

This is Osorio’s fifth recording for Cedille Records. His Cedille label debut, Piano Español, with works by Spanish composers Falla, Albeniz, Soler, and Granados, prompted the Chicago Tribune to declare, “Move over, Alicia de Larrocha.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “choosing one highlight over another is impossible in a recording of such sustained excellence.” called Osorio’s Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce “a remarkable collection” performed “with clarity and conviction.” Américas magazine enjoyed Osorio’s “warm and insightful reading of these delicate Ponce creations.” The Toronto Star said “Osorio’s playing is faultless” on his Cedille recording of Debussy and Liszt piano works. Fanfare called his 2012 Cedille release, Salón Mexicano, “a delightful recording that confirms Osorio's outstanding artistry.”

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Program Notes

Album Details

Total Time: 64:50

*World Premiere Recording

Producer: Bogdan Zawistowski

Engineers: Humberto Terán & Bogdan Zawistowski
Recorded: March 7–9, 2011 Sala Nezahualcóyotl, Centro Cultural Universitario UNAM, Mexico, D.F.
Steinway Piano

Solo Works
Producer: James Ginsburg
Engineer: Bill Maylone Fay and Daniel Levin Performance Studio at 98.7 WFMT, Chicago
Recorded: October 24–25, 2012
Steinway Piano Technician: Ken Orgel

Cover Art: Heavenly Bodies, 1946. Oil with sand on canvas, 34 x 41 3/8 inches (86.3 x 105 cm). The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice 76.2553.119. © Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
Cover Design: Sue Cottrill

Publishers: Chávez Piano Concerto ©1938 G. Schirmer Inc.; Moncayo Muros Verdes ©1964 Ediciones Mexicana de música, A.C.; Zyman Variations on an Original Theme ©2010 Merion Music, Inc. (Theodore Presser Company, Sole Representative).

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