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Gabriela Lena Frank

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Adagio para Amantaní (2007)
G Schirmer Inc
Works for 2-6 Players
Sub Category
Piano + 1 Instrument
Year Composed
9 Minutes
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Programme Note
Gabriela Lena Frank Adagio para Amantaní (2007)
Composer note:
Adagio para Amantaní is in homage to the island of Amantani that I visited in the summer of 2006. Situated in the middle of Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia, the island is both beautiful and barren, and its inhabitants absolutely depend on their relationships of compadrazgo in order to survive the cold and arid climate.

The word compadrazgo refers to a quintessentially Latin American idea: It signifies a special kind of camaraderie such as the bond between godparent and godchild or the friendliness between neighbors who might borrow sugar from one another.

— Gabriela Lena Frank

Sample Pages

  • Ensemble
    Gabriela Lena Frank, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Kate Dillingham, Amir Khosrowpour
    New Focus Recordings:
Taking its title from a “beautiful and barren” island in Lake Titicaca, the Adagio para Amantani takes the form of an extended, hushed and intimate cadenza for rippling piano and ruminative cello alone. In sharp contrast, the finale, ‘T’inku’ (a curiously counterintuitive manifestation of compadrazgo that takes the form of a ritualistic fight) justifies the bristling combative spirit by bringing the mock-feud to a cohesive conclusion.
Michael Quinn, The Classical Review,07/10/2011
Gabriela Lena Frank is the real deal: a modern composer with a personal style, one that manages to integrate a wide range of sounds and performing techniques into a cohesive language that unapologetically includes melody and tonal harmony without ever sounding anachronistic. She clearly manages to remain true to herself, but she doesn't have to write down to her listeners in order to share her thoughts and feelings. This is just good music. Adagio para Amantaní (for cello and piano) is a soulful meditation inspired by an island landscape in the middle of Lake Titicaca. The performances, with the composer's participation where the piano joins in, and presumably her supervision where it does not, are uniformly excellent, and so are the sonics. A wonderful disc of inventive, fresh, characterful music, plain and simple.
David Hurwitz,,22/03/2011
Frank's one-movement Adagio para Amantani for cello and piano (2007) is basically a sonic postcard. Frank wrote it after visiting the island of Amantani, located in the middle of Lake Titicaca between Peru and Bolivia. The island is beautiful yet barren, and it inspired Frank to write the CD's most intense music. Indeed, she drenches the Adagio's repeated piano notes with lots of sustaining pedal, suggesting a kind of cold, languid landscape. The cello's long-breathed melodies capture the island's aching loneliness. Frank and Walker perform the piece with heartrending emotion.
John Pitcher, The Nashville Scene,03/03/2011
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