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David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, June 2014

Jorge Federico Osorio is lucky: he basically owns this repertoire, plays it with all the ease and graciousness it requires, and his instrument is immaculately recorded. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Sin-Hsing Tsai
Clavier Companion, April 2013

Osorio’s performance of dances by Felipe Villanueva, Ricardo Castro, José Rolón, and Manuel Ponce offers a refreshing glimpse into these wonderful vignettes and captures the essence of salon style with innate ease. Osorio caresses the keyboard with effortless charm and flexibility, and he delivers the pyrotechnical passages with spark and crispness of touch. Throughout, he effectively highlights the uniqueness of each dance…Osorio not only rewards the listener with elegant virtuosity and refined sophistication, but also elevates salon music to transcendental realms. © 2013 Clavier Companion



Jack Sullivan
American Record Guide, March 2013

These waltzes, caprices, mazurkas, and other short pieces…[bring] endless delight. They have unashamedly sentimental melodies but also unexpected modulations, quirky rhythmic accents, and eccentric turns of phrase.

Cedille’s warm recording contributes to the welcoming ambiance. Jorge Federico Osorio plays these delectable miniatures with aggressive rubato, sensual tone, and hammy virtuosity in the bravura sections. He sounds as if he is enjoying himself, and so will you. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jed Distler
Gramophone, December 2012

The music abounds in catchy tunes, surface charm and effective keyboard‑writing that is both lyrically simple and glitteringly virtuoso.

Osorio takes to this repertoire like the proverbial duck to water. His effortless control of the thick chordal hurdles and complex runs throughout Rolón’s ambitious eight‑minute Vals capricho is a case in point, as well as the elegantly timed rubato effects in Villanueva’s Tercera Mazurka.

In Castro’s Vals bluette Osorio achieves marvellous changes of colour and harmonic shading…Even less inspired concoctions such as Villanueva’s Ebelia benefit from Osorio’s poise and dignity, and listen to how he serves up the climactic descending interlocking octaves with fire and bravura…

The sound…conveys a vivid and detailed image of Osorio’s piano. Informative, well‑written notes by Andrea Lamoreaux round out another lovely release by one of our most cultivated pianists. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Gary Lemco
Audiophile Audition, November 2012

With [Jorge Federico Osorio] usual intense clarity and suave panache, Osorio illuminates these composers’ contributions, which derive their style from Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky, while wedding their melodic gifts to the Spanish and Mexican rhythms endemic to their native region.

Felipe Villanueva’s…Ebelia presents an ambitious mazurka rife with rhetorical gestures in triplets…Valse Poetica achieves some intensity of expression but ends quietly in the keyboard’s high register.

Marchita el Alma demonstrates Osorio’s sweet legato. Todo paso speaks in a sentimental  parlando style, recalling Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons. Mazurca de Salon utilizes pearly scales that gain some momentum in the middle section. The Por ti mi Corazon offers a lament for unrequited love.

The final piece on the program proves the most ambitious: Vals Capricho by Jose Rolon…Virtually every bravura trick of the keyboard comes to the fore, and Osorio makes it clear that chromatic harmonies, long glissandi, and syncopated octaves pose no obstacle to his realization of these daunting variations. The “Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” may well be Osorio himself, who keeps the keyboard acrobatics poetically virile at every moment. © 2012 Audiophile Audition Read complete review



Joe Milicia
Early Music, November 2012

Osorio offers a generous selection of 20 pieces…I was pleased to find a special elegance and grace in Felipe Villanueva’s three waltzes and three mazurkas. My favorite was Vals lento, with its quiet close, performed with great sensitivity…

The composer most fully represented is Ricardo Castro, with eight works, six of them waltzes, including the 7-minute virtuoso rondo Caprice Vals that opens the program. I especially enjoyed Castro’s Barcarolla—yet another triple-time piece…with its musical ripples against the imagined gondola’s side.

The finale, by José Rolón, is a spectacular Vals Capricho

Osorio is superb in all of this music, offering delicacy, flair, and rhythmic incisiveness. Cedille’s recording is first-rate, capturing the dynamic range of his Steinway with utter clarity and realism. Two welcome bonuses are an informative booklet essay by Andrea Lamoreaux and a droll cover painting by Diego Rivera… © 2012 Early Music Read complete review



Zachary Lewis
Cleveland Plain Dealer, September 2012

If you love Chopin and Liszt, you’ll savor this program of short works by Mexican composers Ricardo Castro, Felipe Villanueva, Manuel Ponce and Jose Rolon…Rolon’s “Vals Capricho” plays virtuoso variations on the familiar circus tune “Over the Waves” by Mexico’s Juventino Rosas. Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio performs the various waltzes, marzukas and other Chopin- and Liszt-inspired pieces with a keen blend of voluptuousness, flair and subtlety. © 2012 Cleveland Plain Dealer Read complete review



Laima
WRUV Reviews, September 2012

A collection of piano salon music from 19th century Mexico, mostly unknown composers. Romantic, gracious, dance music! Play most! © 2012 WRUV Reviews



John Terauds
Musical Toronto, September 2012

On this disc, veteran Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio unearths 20 pieces composed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries…

Osorio’s playing is elegant and refined in this music we would otherwise not have a chance to hear very often… © 2012 Musical Toronto Read complete review



Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), August 2012

…Jorge Federico Osorio’s…new recording presents 20 buried treasures from a bygone Romantic era. It’s a program of instantly enjoyable gems of intimate “party music” by influential Mexican composers. © 2012 WFMT (Chicago) Read complete review






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