Montero, Gabriela / Piano Recital
Album: Piano Recital   Collection:Classical
Artist:Montero, Gabriela   Added:Oct 2006
Label:Emi Classics  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2006-10-15 Pull Date: 2006-12-17 Charts: Classical/Experimental
Week Ending: Dec 17 Dec 3 Nov 26 Nov 12 Nov 5 Oct 29 Oct 22
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 11, 2015: Subbing
Scriabin - Etude In C Sharp Minor, Scriabin - Prelude In G, Scriabin - Prelude In E Flat Minor, Scriabin - Prelude In D Flat
4. Nov 30, 2006: chapter 54.0: trip over [sub]
Rachmaninov - Moment Musical In E Minor
2. Jul 04, 2009: Music Casserole
Scriabin - Etude In C Sharp Minor
5. Nov 19, 2006: Multiple Personality Disorder
Chopin - Fantasisie-Impormptu In C Sharp Minor
3. Dec 14, 2006: Old New Borrowed & Blues
In The Style Of A Tango, Chopin - Fantasisie-Impormptu In C Sharp Minor
6. Nov 05, 2006: Multiple Personality Disorder
Ginastera - Danza Del Gaucho Matrero

Album Review
Reviewed 2006-10-18
Classical piano. Disc 1 is late 19th / early 20th century compositions, and disc 2 is jazzy improvisations based on (mostly) the same. Disc 1 rocks. Brilliant technique, rich tone and thoughtful interpretations. She plays some of the most comprehensible Scriabin I’ve ever heard. Track 7 blows my mind. I don’t really “get” disc 2 – most of the tracks sound like boring jazz noodling and all sound very similar. With a few exceptions, I can’t hear how these are related to the pieces she references. Wow on CD 1 though! Favs Disc 1: 1, 7, 8, 10 – Disc 2: 7, 9. FCC clean.

*1. Busy romantic piano, lush, minor key. It’s by Rachmaninov but sounds very Liszt.
2. Slow and “pretty”.
3. Heavy chordal Rachmaninov.
4. Mid-slow Scriabin – slightly odd harmonic changes.
5. Very slow – only melody at beginning and end, spare chords in middle.
6. Slow Scriabin – feels crazy somehow, i.e. incoherent (which is cool here)
**7. Crazier. Fuck yeah. Scriabin at his best. Fast. The jewel of this CD set.
*8. Nearly as good as track 7. spanish. Cool trills and rolled chords. Fiery.
9. Slow spanish – between chopin liszt and debussy – doesn’t really go anywhere.
*10. Dissonant and catchy. Fast. By Ginastera - Argentinean composer, uses lots of disjunct rhythms, 7/4 time signatures, etc.
11. Slow, a cross between Latin American, romantic classical music, and new age.
12. Fast, driving, train-like.
13. Bluesy harmonies. Chopin.
14. One of the most famous Chopin pieces. As good as I’ve ever heard it. Perfect on the rubato – not overdone and not ignored.
15. The title says it all: Mephisto Waltz. Devlish/spritely. Impossibly fast and clear scale runs. Sorta ridiculous but cool. The longest track at 11:39.

Disc 2:

1. Romantic loungy, jazzy, bluesy.
2. Very slow, pretty.
3. Swirly jazz – does sound a bit like Chopin’s D flat Nocturne.
4. Sounds most like the classical piece she references of any of these here. Cool to hear the original melody lines against a less intense chordal background than in the concerto.
5. Romantic piano, lush chords.
6. More of the same… slow, romantic, lots of swirly scales, half jazz/half classical chords.
*7. Ah, finally some different harmonies! Based on a tango. Great, fun.
8. Slow romantic, slightly Spanish-sounding.
*9. Sounds very Bach – lots of fun trills – way more original-sounding than the other tracks here.
10. Eerie chords, then a juxtaposition of chromatic runs, blues, ragtime, and lounge jazz.
11. Very slow, relaxed. Her own composition. The next track is better though.
12. Slow and personal. Again, her own composition.

Track Listing
1. Rachmaninov - Moment Musical In E Minor   14. Chopin - Fantasisie-Impormptu In C Sharp Minor
2. Rachmaninov - Prelude In G   15. Lizst - Mephisto Waltz No. 1
3. Rachmaninov - Etude-Tableau In D   16. On Rachmaninov: Vocalise
4. Scriabin - Prelude In D Flat   17. On The Theme From Bach 'goldberg Variations'
5. Scriabin - Prelude In E Flat Minor   18. On Chopin: Nocturne In D Flat
6. Scriabin - Prelude In G   19. On Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2
7. Scriabin - Etude In C Sharp Minor   20. Inspired By Scriabin
8. De Falla - La Vida Breve: First Spanish Dance   21. On Duermete Mi Nino
9. Granados - Goyescas: Quejas O La Maya Y El Ruisenor   22. In The Style Of A Tango
10. Ginastera - Danza Del Viejo Boyero   23. On Granados: Quejas O La Maya El Ruisenor
11. Ginastera - Danza De La Moza Donosa   24. In The Style Of Bach
12. Ginastera - Danza Del Gaucho Matrero   25. On Chopin: Prelude In A
13. Chopin - Nocturne In D Flat   26. Improvisation In Blue (Gabriela Montero)
  27. Song For Natalia And Isabella (Gabriela Montero)