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Pianist Natalia GonzŠlez Figueroa - pieces by Astor Piazzolla - CD Review, 26th of May 2022

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 , ora 12.28
 

The year that marked the centenary of Astor Piazzolla's birth saw the launch of various recording projects celebrating the Argentine musician. Among the most acclaimed albums in this series is that of pianist Natalia GonzŠlez Figueroa, a 43-year-old musician and professor at the National University of Arts in Buenos Aires dedicated to promoting the Argentine repertoire. Her recent album was released on the 12th of November 2021 and includes previously unreleased, lesser-known pieces from Astor Piazzolla's work - two suites, a sonata and preludes - works that, perhaps having a more erudite, elaborate or academic style, have not achieved the fame of other scores by the renowned Mar del Plata-born composer.

Pianist Natalia GonzŠlez Figueroa, born in 1979, studied at the Buenos Aires Conservatory, then continued her studies in Spain and at the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome, then in London and again in her home city, where she is currently a professor. She has performed concerts and recitals in important halls in South America and Europe, covering a wide range of repertoire, from Baroque to contemporary music, with a particular emphasis on Argentinean creation. Natalia GonzŠlez Figueroa has released eight albums to date, the most recent being a disc dedicated solely to Astor Piazzolla's music.

The CD was released by Virtuoso Records, a label that promotes South American classical music and highlights artists from the Latin American continent, especially from Argentina. The album has the potential to be a success, not least because it offers musicians and listeners the opportunity to explore a lesser-known repertoire by the famous Astor Piazzolla The album has the potential to be a success, not least because it offers musicians and listeners the opportunity to explore a lesser-known repertoire by the famous Astor Piazzolla original harmonic structures, piano writing enriched by textures, offering extraordinary challenges to the most talented performers. Pianist Natalia GonzŠlez Figueroa effortlessly overcomes these difficulties and gives Astor Piazzolla's music an expressive interpretation, brimming with aplomb and virtuosity.

Larisa Clempuș
Translated by Cosmina Florentina Ciobanu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu