Alberto Ginastera

Pampeana No. 2, rhapsody for cello & piano, Op. 21

    Description by James Reel

    Ginastera gave the name "Pampeana" -- relating to the Argentine pampas -- to three rhapsodic works evoking his country's low-lying plains without quoting specific folk songs or dances. Although the third is a large-scale orchestral work, the first two are more compact pieces for violin (No. 1) or cello (No. 2) and piano. Written for cellist Aurora Natola, Ginastera's future second wife, the second Pampeana begins with a cello proclamation related to the declamations in gaucho singing competitions. The piano, initially restricted to sharp, intermittent chords, launches a vigorous folk rhythm and engages the cello in a brief dance, but soon the cello spins off into its own cadenza, full of double stops and pizzicato. The piano spends a couple of bars trying to lure the cello back to the dance floor, but the cello answers with low growls. Soon, the two instruments unite in a slow, nocturnal meditation; this continues at length, but eventually the instruments fall into a final, frenzied dance with hints of the malambo.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    Navona Records
    NV 6172
    2016
    Sono Luminus
    DSL 92201
    2015
    Delos
    DE 3480
    2014
    Various Artists
    Sony Classical
    88843047122
    2013
    Centaur Records
    CRC 32473248
    2012
    Move
    MD 3347
    2011
    Yarlung Records
    27517
    2011
    RCA Red Seal
    86900
    2010
    Melodia Records
    2010
    Cello Classics
    1025
    2008
    Naxos
    8570569
    2008
    Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008
    Eroica Distribution
    3374
    2007
    Challenge Classics
    CC 72170
    2007
    Antes Edition
    319228
    2007
    RCA Red Seal
    75951
    2005
    Orfeo
    181051
    2004
    Fireworks Music
    2002
    Klavier Records
    11125
    2001
    Pierian
    0005/0006
    2001
    Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
    1
    2000
    Angel Records
    73498
    2000
    Urtext
    24
    1997
    Helicon Records
    1025
    1996
    Danica
    8158
    1996
    Tall Poppies
    078
    1996
    Olympia (Classical/Jazz)
    467
    1993
    ASV
    CDDCA865
    Newport Classic
    85511
    Canal Grande
    9323
    SNE
    2030
    Rene Gailly
    87095