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Pianist Barbara Nissman releases a new DVD on Ginastera’s music and life, combined with a masterclass of the composers’s three piano sonatas and Danzas Argentinas.

Three Oranges Recordings has released Alberto Ginastera: “A Man of Latin America,” part of a masterclass DVD series featuring pianist Barbara Nissman, a close collaborator and interpreter of Ginastera’s music. In this two-disc documentary, Nissman shares the 20th-century composer’s journey from the pampas of Argentina through his significant international career, to his final resting place in Switzerland.

The first of the two DVDs presents an in-depth portrait of the composer, including performance excerpts and interview footage with Ginastera and his family. Starry artist interviewees include conductor Leonard Slatkin, who discusses Ginastera's last orchestral work Popol Vuh; Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer who shares his first meeting with Ginastera; and Chick Corea, who was a big fan of Ginastera’s music. The second DVD features a master class with Nissman at the piano discussing and performing his three piano sonatas and early Danzas Argentinas.

Alberto Ginastera described Barbara Nissman as “a magnificent interpreter of my music- one of the best pianists in the world,” and wrote his final work, Piano Sonata No.3 op. 54, for her. In 1976, he invited Nissman to perform at his 60th birthday celebration concert in Geneva with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Nissman has championed his music around the world and created definitive recordings of his complete solo and chamber works, as well as his Three Piano Concertos.

> Purchase the DVD on Amazon or at threeorangesrecordings.com.

> Watch a preview of Alberto Ginastera: "A Man of Latin America.”

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