CDS 1102-2 Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948), Ferial, Piano Concerto No.1 Romantico, Piano Concerto No.2 unfinished, Preludios encadenados, Cuatro danzas mexicanas
Here is the first Mexican romantic! We hope there will be more soon.
Ponce was very romantic early in his career, which is obvious from the first piano concerto,
which is very traditional romantic music, with its lush orchestral and pianist writing.
Then he became more modern, and also more influenced by folk music. It is a truly fascinating
blend which is obvious from the very first piece, with its very suggestive introduction.
Then follows the very romantic first piano concerto, stormy with a dreamlike second movement.
Then the more modern second piano concerto (unfinished) and finally some colourful piano pieces.
“It’s lush romantic themes and Lisztian fireworks bordering on pastiche are given a confident,
no-holds-barred performance by siblings Zaeth and Rodolfo Ritter.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)
Ferial. Divertimento sinfonico
Piano Concerto No.1 Romantico - Allegro appassionato
- Andantino amoroso - Allegretto - Allegro come prima - Allegro
Piano Concerto No.2 unfinished - Allegro non troppo