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Jorge Federico Osoria, Brahms


Piano Concerto No.2
Piano Sonata No.2

Jorge Federico Osorio,

Orquesta Sinfónica del
Principado de Asturias

Maximiano Valdés,


Jorge Federico Osorio is recognized as one of the preeminent pianists of our time and has been internationally acclaimed for his superb musicianship and absolute command of the instrument. He has performed with many of the world¹s leading orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Orchestre Nationale de France, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow State Orchestra and Warsaw Philharmonic, under the batons of such distinguished conductors as Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Klaus Tennstedt, Eduardo Mata, Jorge Mester, Christopher Wilkins, Maximiano Valdés, Enrique Bátiz, Luis Herrera de la Fuente and Lukas Foss. His concert tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America, and American festival appearances have included the Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia and Grant Park Festivals. In addition to his triumphant debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1997 and his critically acclaimed Lincoln Center recital debut at Alice Tully Hall that same year, Mr. Osorio recently performed the five Beethoven Concerti with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, one of Spain¹s leading orchestras. He has made radio recordings for Japan NHK, Belgian Radio and the BBC. Highlights of Mr. Osorio¹s 2002-2003 season include his debut recital in Milwaukee at the famed Pabst Theater and several performances of Liszt¹s Totentanz with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. This will mark his second subscription engagement with the Chicago Symphony and his seventh major performance in Chicago since 1997.

Mr. Osorio has an extensive discography, having recorded a wide variety of repertoire for EMI, CBS, Artek, IMP and ASV, including an all Brahms recording that Gramophone proclaimed as ³one of the most distinguished discs of Brahms¹ piano music in recent years.² Mr. Osorio¹s second solo Brahms CD, recorded on the Artek label, received high accolades from the American Record Guide and the Chicago Tribune. Two recently released recordings are the Carlos Chávez Concerto with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México and the Brahms Violin and Piano Sonatas with Elmar Oliveira. Other recordings include Beethoven¹s Five Piano Concerti and Choral Fantasy, concertos by Brahms, Mozart, Ponce, Rodrigo (world premier recording), Rachmaninov, Schumann and Tchaikovsky, several Beethoven Sonatas and ³Balada Mexicana,² solo piano works of Manuel Ponce.

Mr. Osorio is the recipient of several international prizes and awards, including the Rhode Island International Master Piano Competition and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra¹s Gina Bachauer Award. Performing chamber music is an integral part of his artistic life and, in addition to having served as artistic director of the Brahms Music Festival in Mexico, he has performed with the late Henryk Szeryng, the Moscow Quartet, Tel Aviv Quartet, violinist Mayumi Fujikawa and cellist Richard Markson. Born in Mexico, Mr. Osorio began his musical studies at the age of five. He studied at the conservatories of Mexico, Paris and Moscow, and his teachers have included his mother, Luz María Puente, Bernard Flavigny, Monique Haas, Jacob Milstein, Nadia Reisenberg and Wilhelm Kempff.

Maximiano Valdés, Conductor

Maximiano Valdés is Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Austurias in Spain and as of September, 2002, Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile. Born in Santiago, Chile, he began his studies in piano and violin at the Conservatory of Music there and continued at the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome where he took courses in composition and conducting. Completing his diploma in piano, he decided to concentrate entirely on conducting and enrolled in the conducting classes of Franco Ferrara in Bologna, Siena and Venice and also worked with Sergiu Celibadache in Stuttgart and Paris.

In 1976 Mr. Valdés was engaged as Assistant Conductor at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice and the following year was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood where he worked Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He won First Prize at the Nicolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen, First Prize at the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence and Second Prize from the Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition in London.

Mr. Valdés made his American symphonic debut in October 1987 with the Buffalo Philharmonic and was immediately re-invited for the following season. After a successful return to the orchestra in 1989, he was appointed Music Director, a position he held for almost 10 years. In North America he has guest-conducted many of the leading orchestras including the Saint Louis, Toronto, National, Montreal, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Seattle, Milwaukee, Houston, and Indianapolis symphonies, as well as the New York Chamber Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra. Summer festival appearances have included the Mann Music Center with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Caramoor, Waterloo, Interlochen, Grand Teton, Eastern Music Festival, Artpark, Chautauqua, Music Academy of the West and Grant Park in Chicago.

Recent and upcoming engagements in North America include appearances with the Dallas, Seattle, Vancouver, New Jersey, New World and San Diego symphonies, the Calgary and Florida Philharmonics and National Arts Centre Orchestra as well as return appearances at Caramoor and the Grant Park Music Festival.

Mr. Valdés has conducted many of the leading orchestras throughout Europe and South America including the Orchester der Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Spain, Sonderjyllands Symphony in Denmark, Warsaw Philharmonic and the Monte Carlo Philharmonic on a tour to Italy. He was also the Principal Conductor of the National Orchestra of Spain from January 1984 until 1987.

An experienced opera conductor who has led productions in many of Europe¹s leading opera houses, Mr. Valdés made his highly successful opera debut in France with La Traviata at the Nice Opera. Since then, he has conducted productions in Paris, Rome, Berlin, London, Oslo, Copenhagen and Bonn in repertoire such as Orphee au Enfers, Romeo and Juliette, Don Carlos, Salome and Norma among others. Mr. Valdés made his American operatic debut in May 1992 with the Seattle Opera conducting Cosi fan Tutte and returned there in the fall of 1998 to lead Gounod¹s Faust.

Maximiano Valdés has recorded with the Royal Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Nice Philharmonic and the London Symphony, and with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra, works by Ginastera, Revueltas, Moncayo and Carreño on the Dorian label. He has recently signed an exclusive agreement with Naxos to record works by Latin American and Spanish composers with his orchestra in Asturias.

Piano Concerto No.2
Recorded at the ³Principe Felipe² Auditorium, Oviedo, Spain Recorded December 2000 Recording Engineer: Miguel Angel Bacos and Lucho Alonso Digital Editing: Alberto Gonzalez Lapuente

Piano Sonata No.2
Recorded at Sala Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico D.F.
Recorded June 25, 2001
Producer: Lazaro Azar
Recording Engineer: Humberto Teran
Digital Editing: Omar Araiza
Special thanks to UNAM for the use of its facilities.

Executive Producer:
Laura Harth Rodriguez

Digital Mastering and Additional Editing:
Digital Dynamics Audio Inc.,
Laura Harth Rodriguez,
Francisco Rodriguez

Graphic Design:
Jim Manly,
Judd Robbins

Piano Concerto No.2 in B-flat, Op.83
1 Allegro non troppo 17:49
2 Allegro appassionato 9:04
3 Andante 12:32
4 Allegretto grazioso 9:29
Cello solo - Vladimir Atapin

Piano Sonata No.2 in F-sharp, Op.2
5 Allegro non troppo ma energico 6:08
6 Andante con espressione 5:14
7 Scherzo: Allegro 3:51
8 Finale: Introduzione (sostenuto) - 11:24
Allegro non troppo - e Rubato

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