Alberto Ginastera

Malambo, for piano, Op. 7

    Description by Jeremy Grimshaw

    Typical of Alberto Ginastera's appropriation of native Argentinean folk elements, the piano work Malambo (1940) spices a traditional dance form with nontraditional harmonies. The composer emphasizes the machismo of a gaucho's gestures by weighing down a folksy chord progression with chromaticism and polytonality. The nature of dance is initially clear, but gradually its gestures become more and more exaggerated and unwieldy, the harmonies more obscured, the texture saturated. This reaches an extreme when, near the end of the piece, the simple melody and repetitive accompanimental figures are completely overtaken by a series of upward-surging runs and polychordal outbursts. After taking a moment to reorient itself, Malambo returns to the unadorned dance material of the beginning, now repeated with increasing inertia as the work hurtles toward a forceful close.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 CPO 5550692
    2016 Ars Produktion / Ars Produktion ARS 38183
    2015 Brilliant Classics 94736
    2015 MSR Classics MS 1545
    2010 En Vivo / Vivace PR
    2007 Naxos 8557911/12
    2002 Musicians Showcase 1054
    2001 Pierian 0005/0006
    2000 Elan Recordings 82288
    1999 M.A. Recordings 038
    1998 Mandala 4930
    1996 Norway Music 7029
    1995 Cascavelle 1031
    1995 RCA Victor / RCA 68268
    1994 Naxos 8-550838
    1993 ASV 880
    Newport Classic 85510
    Naxos 557941