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Following its acclaimed Linn debut recording, Copland & Chávez: Pan-American Reflections, The Orchestra of the Americas releases its sophomore album with its Music Director, Carlos Miguel Prieto. Prieto is joined by fellow Mexican and celebrated pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, who brings his superb musicianship, powerful technique, vibrant imagination and deep passion to this all-Spanish programme. Osorio is the soloist in Falla’s highly atmospheric piano concerto, Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a set of symphonic impressions which conjures up the enticing sounds and scents of a summer’s evening. Conductor and pianist received critical acclaim following their performance of this work in Ireland: ‘Prieto elicited a diaphanous palette of colours [and] as Osorio’s arpeggios shimmered up and down the piano we were magnetically drawn into this highly evocative world full of lush sounds and sensuous possibilities’ (BachTrack). Falla’s masterpiece The Three-Cornered Hat is both vibrant and colourful and showcases the ‘superb precision’ of The Orchestra of the Americas. Falla’s finely crafted and meticulous work ensures that the piece’s folklore-based melodies are consistently accompanied by exquisite background music. The programme is completed by the Interlude & Dance from Falla’s La vida breve and the well-known Intermezzo from Granados’ Goyescas.

Presto Classical Editor's Choice award

"The Orchestra of the Americas ... plays with a zest and spirit that is utterly compelling ... it’s no surprise that they play Spanish music with a very special feeling."
iTunes
"There's such a lot to like about this performance, they sound as though they really understand Falla's musical language ... it's a wonderfully detailed, airy recording. An idiomatic, atmospheric performance of Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain as well."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
"The playing gleams and crackles, with Nights in the Garden at once sensuous and darkly dramatic ... these brilliant young players give us hope for an orchestral future."
The Observer
"4* The Orchestra of the Americas is a crack team ... Under musical director Carlos Miguel Prieto, Falla’s fiery rhythms and sensual colourings are intoxicating."
The Scotsman
"Editor's Choice: ... the Iberian sunshine certainly blazes brightly on this marvellously atmospheric second album from Prieto and his Mexican orchestra – everything really dances ..."
Presto Classical
"These Mexico-based young musicians have a stronger claim to be South America’s finest symphonic orchestra than Dudamel’s Simon Bolivarians. They sound completely idiomatic in two of Falla’s finest scores, with flamboyant soloists, Ordas in the ballet and Osorio in the concerto and the intermezzo from Granados’s opera."
The Sunday Times
"All in all, a real peach of a disc. If you can’t get to Spain this summer and are in need of some sunshine (or indeed moonlit nights"
Europadisc
"4* You can always escape to sunny Spain with the young and thrusting Orchestra of the Americas, conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto in Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat and Nights in the Gardens of Spain. The recording is deliciously clear, with each instrumental colour sparkling, from castanets to bassoon."
The Times
"Recording 4* / Performance 4* The youthful Orchestra of the Americas produce a sound full of vitality under conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto in their second recording for Linn, that marries well with Falla's joyous and superbly expressive orchestral landscape. Nights in the Gardens of Spain is given a shimmering outing by pianist Jorge Federico Osorio."
BBC Music Magazine
"Album of the Week: Playing this evocative and stunningly beautiful music is The Orchestra of the Americas, a world-class symphony orchestra of young musicians …"
BBC Radio Scotland 'Classics Unwrapped'
"There's some beautifully detailed playing, with ravishing strings in the Seguidillas and majestic flamenco turns at the start of the Miller's Farruca, while the brass are gleamingly assertive throughout."
Gramophone