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BBC Music Magazine, October 2016

A bravado performance of Chavez’s Piano Concerto, plus solo works by fellow Mexicans José Moncayo and Samuel Zyman. © 2016 BBC Music Magazine

Guy Rickards
Gramophone, August 2014

Two Mexican composers appear on a stirringly played disc, with Jorge Federico Osorio performing Chávez’s Rachmaninovian Piano Concerto plus the brief, impressionistic Meditación, and Moncayo’s Muros verdes…Exhilarating as the 37-minute concerto is, the pithy Muros verdes and Samuel Zyman’s fine Variations on an Original Theme impress the most. Osorio is a persuasive exponent and Cedille’s recording…is clear and vivid.© 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

David Hurwitz, February 2014

Jorge Federico Osorio has no peer in this repertoire, at least on disc. He plays the work with unflagging energy and, where called for, sensitivity, and he’s very capably accompanied by Carlos Prieto and the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra. This is an important addition to the Chávez discography, and it’s very well engineered. © 2014 Read complete review

Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, November 2013

…quite engrossing, and certainly deserves greater exposure. Jorge Federico Osorio plays it with aplomb and devotion. © 2013 Fanfare

Stephen Estep
American Record Guide, September 2013

Wow, the Chavez concerto is a knucklebuster!…it is worth hearing.

The solo pieces are very good inclusions, solid and serious. The pianist is fully up to the demands of all the works, and the sound is good, too. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Phillip Scott
Fanfare, September 2013

Carlos Chávez’s 1940 Piano Concerto is a monumental work in every way. Lasting over 36 minutes it challenges the stamina of the soloist, who plays almost continuously throughout, and despite a plethora of figuration it reveals Chávez at his most angular and austere.

Osorio is a pianist with a forceful technique, perfectly suited to attack Chávez’s testing work. The blend of speed and weight in his playing is remarkable. He is sharply and cleanly supported by the Mexican National Symphony Orchestra under Pieto, which does an excellent job in a difficult role…

…there is genuine substance in this welcome new release. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Peter Burwasser
Fanfare, September 2013

The big work here is the 1938 Piano Concerto of the major Mexican composer Carlos Chávez. It is an excellent, and clearly underappreciated, addition to the repertoire, delightfully exotic, and fortunately it receives a crisp and concentrated performance by these forces.

…the reason to acquire this recording is for the brilliant Chávez concerto, which has not been recorded for years. © 2013 Fanfare Read complete review

Nick Barnard
MusicWeb International, August 2013

A disc to make me wonder all over again quite why music of this quality by Latin American composers, accessible yet complex, impressive and individual, is so rarely programmed by orchestras and performers around the World.

So I am especially grateful to the performers here and especially pianist Jorge Federico Osorio for producing a disc which—in one fell swoop—must be considered as near-definitive as will make little difference.

All praise too to Chicago-based label Cedille for releasing such an excellent and well produced disc…

…fascinating and greatly rewarding…admirable disc. Aside from the excellence of his technical playing Osorio impresses with his utter absorption into the differing idioms of each work. © MusicWeb International Read complete review

Don Clark
I Care If You Listen, June 2013

This new Cedille recording of the epic Piano Concerto…by Mexican born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio, Carlos Miguel Prieto conductor and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional De Mexico, is most welcome.

With Osorio’s obvious virtuoso command of the taxing part and the committed playing of the Mexican orchestra, Osorio and Prieto are the way to go in [the Piano Concerto].

The brief solo “Meditación,”…[is] a wonderful piece, poetically performed, that should be heard in concert more often.

…Muros Verdes is…performed with the required delicacy and verve by Osorio.

The latest piece on the recording, the “Variations on an Original Theme”…receives its deserved and well done world premiere recording.

This brilliantly performed, stunningly recorded and attractively packaged CD deserves a place in any serious contemporary music fan’s collection. © 2013 I Care If You Listen Read complete review

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, May 2013

Osorio is a piano virtuoso of international fame, and in my experience he has never demonstrated anything but sensitive, immaculate, committed, passionate  playing in his work. It was a pleasure listening to him on the Cedille disc, and even though I had never heard any of the music before, he made it appear vibrant and entertaining.

Although I had no other recording of the Concerto with which to compare this one, I can’t imagine another surpassing Osorio’s way with it. His playing is full of intense, nervous energy, which no doubt the Chavez work requires.

What we get here is an abundance of sharp contrasts and vibrant rhythms, with a good deal of percussion and flute backing up Osorio’s piano. © 2013 Classical Candor Read complete review

Cinemusical, May 2013

Osorio’s performance of the concerto is a demonstration of his virtuosic ability. He has a great feel for this music and these are rather committed performances.

…Osorio’s new release is an important addition to the discography of 20th Century Mexican art music that is well worth one’s time and energy. These are intelligently thought through and stimulating performances of great power and beauty. © 2013 Cinemusical Read complete review

Jeff Simon
The Buffalo News, May 2013

…it’s so heartening to have Chavez’s largely unfamiliar 1940 piano concerto performed so well here. It’s a first-rate modern piano concerto that could compare favorably, say, to Samuel Barber’s. Also heard here are a couple of solo piano works by Jose Pablo Moncayo and Samuel Zyman. © 2013 The Buffalo News Read complete review

Stephen Smoliar, April 2013

This new Cedille recording…is definitely a welcome occasion. The conductor is Carlos Miguel Prieto, and the piano soloist is Jorge Federico Osorio.

The performance of the concerto dazzles with all the virtues of Chávez’ most dynamic rhythms and bold sonorities.

The highlight of the solo pieces…is the set of variations by Zyman…it is yet another example of a highly capable and imaginative Mexican composer… © 2013 Read complete review

Lisa Flynn
WFMT (Chicago), April 2013

…20th-century Mexican composer Carlos Chávez’s spectacular Piano Concerto…receives an insightful and compelling performance from Mexican-born pianist Jorge Federico Osorio. He’s joined by his native country’s flagship orchestra, the Orquestra Sinfónica Nacional de México and its music director, the dynamic young conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto. © 2013 WFMT (Chicago) Read complete article

Tom Huizenga
National Public Radio, April 2013

Music We Love Now: Three Must-Hear Piano Albums by Deceptive Cadence

This new album spotlights Chavez’s Piano Concerto from 1940, a rich example of his signature blend of Western traditions with exotic rhythms and scales evoking his beloved pre-Columbian culture. The opening movement is a bustling hive of sweeping strings, folk-like percussion and episodes for the piano that range from romantic to virtuosic to jazz-inflected. Pianist Jorge Federico Osorio’s fingers are almost constantly in motion and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto expertly guides this wonderful and unwieldy piece with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, the ensemble Chavez founded in 1947. © National Public Radio

Robert Benson, April 2013

…we have this brilliant new recording of the concerto played by Jorge Federico Osorio…he seems perfectly at home in [Carlos Chávez’s] highly percussive three-movement 30-minute concerto. He also plays three solos by Cháves, Moncayo and Zyman, the latter a 16-minute set of variations on an original theme which here receives its premiere recording. Most of this repertory will be new to most listeners and these authoritative performances are welcome. Recorded sound is bright and wide-range beautifully capturing the many percussion instruments in the concerto’s scoring. © 2013 Read complete review

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