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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) (00:06:00 )
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(s)

Álvaro Cendoya The son of a Basque father and an Iranian mother, Álvaro Cendoya was born in San Sebastián in 1960. He first studied at the local Conservatories and then in Madrid. Subsequently he moved to Buenos Aires, where he studied the piano for three years with Bruno Leonardo Gelber and later continued his piano studies in London with Noretta Conci and Peter Feuchtwanger.

The Composer(s)

Manuel María Ponce was the author of a substantial and significant body of work and, as one of Mexico’s most prolific and well-known composers, is still held in great esteem today. His catalogue takes in virtually all genres and forms of music. One fundamental characteristic of his work is the use he made throughout his career of different styles, reflecting his range of knowledge and mastery of different compositional techniques. Broadly speaking, his music ranges from the post-Romanticism of the previous generation of composers to a modernism which made sporadic appearances in his early works but really began to establish itself in the music he wrote during his time in Paris (1925–33) and thereafter.

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