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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances and value for money
Cristina Ortiz is no newcomer to Villa-Lobos, neither is Martinez to Latin Amnerican music. The two form a powerful combination with the RPO to produce very fine recordings. The near-absence of previous recordings allows no useful comparison but judging against Villa-Lobos as a whole, and much piano music (with or without orchestra) is now on record) Ortiz and co. stand...
Published on 20 July 2001

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2.0 out of 5 stars Here, the listening was more a duty than a pleasure
I guess that Miss Ortiz learned these five concertos in dutiful hommage to her compatriot, Villa-Lobos. But, to me, although they may have some moderately interesting virtuoso piano writing and noisy and brash orchestral passages, the concerti as a whole seemed pointless and unstructured. I have been fascinated by some of Villa-Lobos's purely orchestral works, but the...
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances and value for money, 20 July 2001
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Cristina Ortiz is no newcomer to Villa-Lobos, neither is Martinez to Latin Amnerican music. The two form a powerful combination with the RPO to produce very fine recordings. The near-absence of previous recordings allows no useful comparison but judging against Villa-Lobos as a whole, and much piano music (with or without orchestra) is now on record) Ortiz and co. stand out brilliantly.
Villa-Lobos fans will have long had this set but for newcomers, the works seem to stand part way between his formal symphonic works and the more rhapsodic style found in his "tone poems" (if I may be forgiven the phrase!). You will hear echoes of Rachmaninov in the pianistic style but you are never far from Villa-Lobos. They are perhaps not his easiest works to start with but they provide a good panorama of his concertante writing and more fulfilling than his (more popular) Guitar Concerto.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Here, the listening was more a duty than a pleasure, 2 April 2013
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Dr. P. W. Barlow "Peter Barlow" (Bristol, UK) - See all my reviews
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I guess that Miss Ortiz learned these five concertos in dutiful hommage to her compatriot, Villa-Lobos. But, to me, although they may have some moderately interesting virtuoso piano writing and noisy and brash orchestral passages, the concerti as a whole seemed pointless and unstructured. I have been fascinated by some of Villa-Lobos's purely orchestral works, but the present works were a disapointment.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very original piano concertos, 10 Oct 2010
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Villa-Lobos wrote very difficult and inspired solo piano works, promoted mainly by A.Rubinstein, and the amazingly original string quartets which deserve more performances. His 5 piano concertos are, on the other hand, more approachable and in line with Romantic piano concerto tradition. Christia Ortiz' playing is brilliant throughout, if not as outstanding as her Shostakovich recordings on EMI.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful playing of Villa-Lobos Piano Concertos!!!, 18 April 2014
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I am very new to Villa-Lobos' music but was attracted to this recording of his five Piano Concertos because Cristina Ortiz is the soloist on them with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She recorded the Warsaw Concerto with the RPO in 1984 for Decca and that remains one of my treasured possessions. So I was interested to see what other recordings she had done and being Brazilian it was only natural for her to record music of Brazil's most famous composer. She recorded his five Piano Concertos in 1989/90 for Decca and again the Orchestra was the RPO conducted by Miguel Gomez-Martinez. Miss Ortiz plays them all wonderfully with a strong rich accompaniment by the RPO and my favourites are Piano Concertos 4 and 5. In particular Ortiz's playing of the cadenza in the third movement of the Piano Concerto No.4 is a revelation. But I can safely say all of these Piano Concertos by Villa-Lobos are a delight to listen to. There are no big tunes like those in Rachmaninov's Piano Concertos but yet they are very entertaining and very easy to listen to. I can strongly recommend them to you.
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