Josu Gallastegui | Venezuelan Waltzes and Joropos

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Venezuelan Waltzes and Joropos

by Josu Gallastegui

All the elegance and romance of an afternoon concert at a 19th century Caracas salon, the waltzes are fluid and graceful; the joropos, energetic and enigmatic
Genre: Easy Listening: Background Music
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2. Ci
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3. La
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4. El Adonis
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5. Isabel
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6. Vals Venezolano
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7. Joropo
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8. La Dulzura De Tu Rostro
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9. Ecos Del Corazon
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10. No Te Olvidare
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11. Dama Antanona
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12. Valse Venezolano
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13. Tu Sola
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14. Mananita Caraquena
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15. Marisela
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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At the height of its popularity, the Venezuelan waltz was the musical centerpiece of fashionable gatherings in Caracas where musicians rarely performed the compositions exactly as written. Instead, they improvised, and over time, composers began to write new waltzes solely as melodies, understanding that musicians would modify them. The popularity of the waltz in Venezuela gave birth to the joropo, now considered a prototypical Venezuelan dance form. The waltz’s reign continued until World War I when it gave way to other musical influences, many from North America.

Pianist Josu Gallastegui was born in the Basque region of Spain, but lived in Venezuela as an adolescent and began his professional musical career there. In Venezuelan Waltzes and Joropos, he brings together music he originally recorded in Caracas in the 1970s with new selections recorded in 2005. Now living and working in Spain, Gallastegui has performed as a soloist with major orchestras throughout Latin America, the United States, Europe, and in the former Soviet Union. Reviewers have noted the “great precision, sensitivity, and transparent quality” of his performances. Composer Aram Khachaturian, attending one of his Moscow concerts, called him “a very sensitive pianist and an extraordinary accompanist.”


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Elena


Es un Cd estupendo, me encantan todas las músicas porque son todas muy bailables


exellent !!!
this cd gaves me the oportunity..
to love dance more than i do...

Chesterfield School of Ballet

Relaxing and exciting, played with skill and passion.
I liked the different rhythms and moods expresed on the CD. It has a Latin flair that should appeal to everyone.Nice relaxing driving music but it made me want to dance.

Betty

Ballet1
I love it

Marissa

Excellent!!!
It's a great CD...brought back many fond memories.