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Aita Donostia: The Complete Piano Music

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Aita Donostia: The Complete Piano Music Review

by Blair Sanderson

José Gonzalo Zulaica, better known as Aita (or Padre) Donostia, was a Basque folklorist, as well as a gifted pianist and composer. His keyboard collections reflect a lifelong interest in the folk music of his native region, as well as an appreciation of the piano works of Mozart, Debussy, and Ravel, which he loved to play. These influences combine peculiarly in Donostia's music, in an ambiguous style that alternates between naïveté and sophistication, not unlike the studied simplicity of Poulenc. For this 2003 release, Donostia's complete works for piano are conveniently divided between two CDs: the youthful Euskal Preludioak on Disc One, and the mature Mosaicos and Piezas Infantiles on Disc Two. The early pieces hold a certain salon charm, and their simple, pretty melodies are swathed with arpeggios and other decorous filigree; Donostia rarely goes beyond conventional tonality, except for occasional whole tone touches and added-note harmonies. The later works are more adventurous, with sudden key changes, spicier chords, and unexpected intervals that seem whimsical, wayward, and sometimes exotic. Ricardo Requejo performs Donostia's music with sensitivity and élan; with Marina Pintos in the four-hand Piezas Infantiles, the duo plays with fine coordination and considerable humor. Claves provides clean digital sound, with natural depth and resonance.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Preludios vascos (21) for piano
1 Ricardo Requejo 02:10 Amazon
2 Ricardo Requejo 04:35 Amazon
3 Ricardo Requejo 03:22 Amazon
4 Ricardo Requejo 04:20 Amazon
5 Ricardo Requejo 03:42 Amazon
6 Ricardo Requejo 02:36 Amazon
7 Ricardo Requejo 02:47 Amazon
8 Ricardo Requejo 02:05 Amazon
9 Ricardo Requejo 01:44 Amazon
10 Ricardo Requejo 01:27 Amazon
11 Ricardo Requejo 02:00 Amazon
12 Ricardo Requejo 04:15 Amazon
13 Ricardo Requejo 05:02 Amazon
14 Ricardo Requejo 01:34 Amazon
15 Ricardo Requejo 03:28 Amazon
16 Ricardo Requejo 05:31 Amazon
17 Ricardo Requejo 04:54 Amazon
18 Ricardo Requejo 03:19 Amazon
19 Ricardo Requejo 02:08 Amazon
20 Ricardo Requejo 00:29 Amazon
21 Ricardo Requejo 00:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mosaicos, for piano
1 Ricardo Requejo 05:05 Amazon
2 Ricardo Requejo 04:32 Amazon
3 Ricardo Requejo 03:31 Amazon
4 Ricardo Requejo 02:42 Amazon
5 Ricardo Requejo 01:27 Amazon
6 Ricardo Requejo 06:39 Amazon
7 Ricardo Requejo 02:40 Amazon
Piezas infantiles, for piano, 4 hands (in 3 Books)
8 Ricardo Requejo 01:26 Amazon
9 Ricardo Requejo 00:45 Amazon
10 Ricardo Requejo 02:39 Amazon
11 Ricardo Requejo 00:45 Amazon
12 Ricardo Requejo 02:31 Amazon
13 Ricardo Requejo 00:33 Amazon
14 Ricardo Requejo 01:12 Amazon
15 Ricardo Requejo 01:15 Amazon
16 Ricardo Requejo 02:04 Amazon
17 Ricardo Requejo 03:04 Amazon
18 Ricardo Requejo 03:04 Amazon
19 Ricardo Requejo 02:50 Amazon
20 Ricardo Requejo 01:51 Amazon
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