"Alberto Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estanica has become something of a signature piece for the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. There was no stand-up-and-dance reaction during the concluding Malambo section on Sunday afternoon, but the the Wheat Dance movement was some of the most exquisite playing I’ve heard from the San Diego Symphony.
I should mention that conducting this concert was the entirely badass Carlos Miguel Prieto. You may recall he tore it up when he conducted at Mainly Mozart in 2014. Prieto is on the rise and he conducts with a ton of energy. We could say E=CMP^2 — Carlos Miguel Prieto, squared.
The conclusion of the concert was a significant chunk of Manuel de Falla’s Three Cornered Hat. De Falla’s music resembles Ravel’s La Valse in that the theme is given to us in fragments before being revealed in its full form.
Of course, La Valse resembles the leitmotifs of Wagner’s Ring, as there are embryonic versions before the mature and complete version arrives in the drama. I’m just saying.
Maestro Prieto had whipped the orchestra up into a frenzy before the concluding segment so when we got there and de Falla gave us all of it, it was gigante."