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A 5-star release from German pianist Michael Korstick for unmissable Ginastera!

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Alberto Ginastera: Danzas Argentinas Op 2, Doce Preludios americanos Op 12, Piano Sonatas Nos 1 & 3 and more

CPO 555 069-2

5 stars

 

In his native Germany, Michael Korstick is highly regarded, with a complete (and acclaimed) set of Beethoven sonatas on Oehms to his credit. If UK promoters listened to this CD, he’d be in every concert hall! Ginastera’s music is evidently close to Korstick’s heart (he studied with the composer): passion radiates from every note. Ginastera’s characteristic dance-thythms are pointed with razor-sharp clarity and his often brutal chording makes a terrific impact. Ordered chronologically, the recording opens with the famous Danzas Argentinas (including the well-known No 2). Korstick brings great drama to the Preludes which find Ginastera at his most inventive. The First Sonata is a thrilling, Bartókian work which packs an hour’s worth of drama into 15 minutes, while jazz influences can be heard within the keyboard-lion roaring of the three Op 6 Pieces. Get this recording, pronto! MD

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