Mexican Piano Music by Manuel M. Ponce
- CDR 90000 086
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Celebrated Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio showcases solo piano works by his countryman, Manuel Ponce (1882-1948), who revolutionized Mexican music by fusing indigenous native and Spanish sounds with European classical forms.
Osorio's persuasive performances show why Ponce's eloquent landmarks of Mexican Romanticism deserve to be as popular in the U.S. as they are in Latin America and Europe.
"Osorio plays all of these pieces masterfully, with virtuosity to spare and a natural expressiveness that never compromises the music's freshness and spontaneity. If I had to choose one highlight, it would probably be the Suite cubana, a marvelous exploration of Latino musical folklore cast as a triptych in the manner of Debussy's Images. But then, there are no dead spots, musically or interpretively, and the engineering offers the last word in sonic realism. In short, this is an absolutely wonderful disc by any measure."