Review of Ortiz playing of Villa- Lobos
Cristina Ortiz- Wonderful playing of Villa-Lobos 5 Piano Concertos!!!!
By A/Burrowson April 19, 2014
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. .
Ortiz will be making a debut at the beautiful Victoria Concert Hall on 26th February 7:30pm