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PONCE, Manuel María (1882-1948)

COMPLETE PIANO WORKS • 1


  • Álvaro Cendoya, piano

Manuel Ponce was the founder of Mexican musical nationalism, often incorporating the melodies of harmonised folk-songs into his music. Widely travelled – he studied in Europe, at first in Bologna and then, between 1925 and 1933, as a pupil of Dukas in Paris – Ponce assimilated a wide range of styles and influences, including European-influenced Romanticism, indigenous idioms and a more advanced harmonic language. This is the first of eight volumes devoted to Ponce’s complete piano music.

Tracklist

1
Estrellita, "Metamorfosis de concierto" (1943) (00:03:42)
2
Preludio mexicano, "Cielito lindo" (1913) (00:00:57)
3
A la orilla de un palmar () (00:03:43)
4
Serenata mexicana, "Alevantate" (1915) (00:02:35)
5
Valentina () (00:01:13)
6
Ven oh luna () (00:02:40)
7
Preludio mexicano, "Cuiden su vida" (1914) (00:03:52)
8
Arrulladora mexicana, "La Rancherita" (1909) (00:02:28)
9
Barcarola mexicana, "Xochimilco" (1915) (00:02:40)
10
Mananitas (1937) (00:00:41)
11
Scherzino mexicano (1909) (00:01:31)
12
Scherzino maya (1919) (00:00:50)
13
Intermezzo No. 1 () (00:02:56)
14
Mazurka de salon in A-Flat Major () * (00:01:56)
15
Mazurka in D Minor () * (00:02:32)
16
Mazurka a la española (1932) (00:03:16)
17
Preludio romantico (1934) (00:01:50)
 
2 Etudes (1942) (00:04:02 )
18
No. 1. Allegretto mosso ma espressivo (00:02:13)
19
No. 2. Allegro non troppo (00:01:18)
 
Sonatine (1932) (00:10:23 )
20
I. Semplice, in tempo d'allegretto (00:05:40)
21
II. Andante, alla maniera d'un notturno (00:02:22)
22
III. Allegro (00:02:24)
 
4 Danzas mexicanas (1941) (00:06:04 )
23
No. 1. Vivo. Meno messo, espressivo (00:01:11)
24
No. 2. Vivo. Più lento (00:01:21)
25
No. 3. Vivo. Meno mosso (00:01:39)
26
No. 4. Vivo. Poco meno (00:02:02)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 00:59:32

The Artist

Cendoya, Álvaro Álvaro Cendoya started his piano studies in his native Spain, followed by three years of studies in Buenos Aires, and later in London. In 1989 he won the prize for the best interpretation of Spanish music at the international Premio Jaén competition. He made his international début in Geneva in 1995 and at Wigmore Hall a year later. Cendoya went on to give recitals and master classes around the world, including the UK, several European countries, the USA, across South America, in Iran, Beirut, Shanghai and Beijing. Previous recordings include music by Cuban composer Ignacio Cervantes and the Basque composer Garbizu. He is a professor at the Basque Conservatory of Music.

Reviews

“Cendoya captures the rhythmic swagger and melodic verve that runs through all of these pieces with charming, easy fluency.” – CBC

“Throughout the recording, pianist Álvaro Cendoya succeeds in channeling the sun-drenched intensity and romantic ambition of Ponce’s vision, and because of his efforts, the music endures.” – Scene Magazine

“I am enormously impressed both by the recording and by the performances.” – MusicWeb International

“Cendoya’s playing is taut and impressive.” – American Record Guide

KDFC Radio

“This is the first of eight volumes from Naxos devoted to Ponce’s complete piano music.” – KDFC Radio