GISÈLE BEN-DOR , conductor



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Another composer whose centenary occurs in 2016 is Alberto Ginastera, probably the most important musical voice of Argentina in the Twentieth century.
The Warner label pays him homage with an album titled "The Vocal Album" , entrusted ,with very good judgment, to one of those American orchestras who are professional through and through but little favored by the promotional glamour: California's Santa Barbara Symphony, under the baton of its conductor laureate Gisele Ben-Dor, of Uruguayan origins.

But if the album is titled "The Vocal Album", it is because the protagonist is the voice: that of the Puerto Rican soprano Ana Maria Martinez in the Five Argentine Popular Songs Op 10 and the cantata Milena Op 37, and, above all, that of the great Placido Domingo, who returns to his tenor tessitura to leave a lasting testimony of recognition to Ginastera, recording, next to Argentine Virginia Tola, two scenes as a duo of what was his opera debut in New York :" Don Rodrigo, " Op. 31. Domingo participated in the world premiere of the opera as a very young man, and now, at the end of his career, remembers that moment.


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