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From South America

Little-known piano music,

Marco Polo    8.225206

Luis Gianneo Piano Works. © 2002 HNH International Ltd


All that one might envisage in anticipation of a South American composer is to be found in these 32 tracks. The music has colour in abundance without the anonymity of a fair percentage that relies on this exoticism for success. Luis Gianneo, born 1897, lived in Buenos Aires, spending a year or so in Europe in the late thirties. Beside his composition, Luis Gianneo was active as a teacher, keyboard performer and administrator.

This music spans his life, varying greatly in detail but always true to the spirit of all that stirred his musical soul. Besides the folk music and elements of nationalism, Gianneo's life-long admiration for Stravinsky's music had some effect.

His output included several collections of short piano pieces, such as 'Little Dance Song' [listen -- track 12, 0:00-1:00] and 'March for the Toy Soldiers' [listen -- track 17, 0:00-0:55]. This is music generally familiar in idiom yet the work of a creator rather than imitator.

These excellent Argentinian performers are enthusiasts for Gianneo, and eager to gain converts.


Copyright © 13 April 2002 Basil Ramsey, Eastwood, Essex, UK



Luis Gianneo Piano Works Volume 2

8.225206 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE 62'58" 2002 HNH International Ltd

Dora De Marinis, Elena Dabul, Pervez Mody and Fernando Viani
Bailecito (1931); Music for Children (1946); Two Etudes (1933); Five Little Pieces (1938); In the Altiplano (Prelude) (1932); Seven Pieces for Children (1946); Three Argentinian Dances (1938); Christmas Carol (1946); The Little Road to Bethlehem (1947)



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