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
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|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)