Mirian Conti

Nostalgias Argentinas

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Pianist Mirian Conti is an effective advocate for the music of Argentina, and her piano collection Looking South, placing the early music of Alberto Ginastera in the context of his immediate predecessors, is highly recommended. The composers on this collection of short piano pieces overlap with that album in a few cases, but the music here is of a lighter character, with Argentine folk (or "Creole") idioms superimposed on various kinds of character-piece and salon models from the late 19th century. The most successful are the most rhythmically Argentine in character; Mario Broeders' Milonga pampeana (track 26) makes a fine counterpart to Cuban or Mexican music of the same period. The Cantos populares of Carlos Guastavino are elegant distillations of popular Argentine idioms before the tango, of which there are very few hints here. Instead you get a series of well-wrought miniatures, some diverging from diatonic tonality as they proceed, drawing on models from Chopin to Grieg and Liszt (the notes promise Prokofiev, but that would be pushing it). It's a pleasant hour of music, not consistently memorable but consistently interesting for Latin American music enthusiasts.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:19
2 02:11
3 03:22
4 02:54
10 Cantos populaires
5
1.
02:14 Amazon
6
2.
01:23 Amazon
7
3.
01:00 Amazon
8
4.
03:07 Amazon
9
5.
00:53 Amazon
10
6.
02:27 Amazon
11
7.
02:15 Amazon
12
8.
02:12 Amazon
13
9.
03:26 Amazon
14
10.
01:34 Amazon
Aquel Buenos Aires
15 02:48
16 03:36 Amazon
17 02:17
18 03:27
19 01:20 Amazon
20 06:10 Amazon
Cantares de mi cantar
21 03:22 Amazon
22 03:31 Amazon
23 04:08 Amazon
24 02:01 Amazon
25 01:35 Amazon
26 02:59 Amazon
27 02:16
28 01:39
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