So Gustavo Dudamel is not after all the only Venezuelan to break into the international music scene. The pianist Clara Rodriguez is one of the most acclaimed soloists to come out of South America in recent years, and her career as a concert pianist has taken her to most European cities, South America, Asia and even Northern Africa.
She also happens to be very popular with English audiences and performs regularly at Wigmore hall, South Bank Centre, the Barbican Centre and also St. John's Smith's Square. Although her discography includes the established elite of the piano, one finds a considerable number of recordings dedicated to composers from her native Venezuela, such as these 2 CDs under review.
Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) was a highly talented and much sought after composer, composing some 70 works for the piano most of which were written and published in Paris when still in her teens. All the works on this programme reveal Carreño as a great romantic spirit, and all the pieces are full of evocative touches which are both intimate and reflective. Joyful moments are not amiss either.
Moises Moleiro (1904-1979) is a more varied breed. The works chosen contain practically all of his pieces for the instrument and his style is a mixture of French impressionism and Byronism. Although he too managed to form an international reputation, he is considered mainly as one of the mainstays in the musical life of Caracas, where he helped create a nationalistic style.
Two beautifully performed and recorded discs which should delight piano buffs and music lovers in general apart from rather sparse annotations.
Copyright © 2009, Gerald Fenech