This piece has become quire popular - Ginastera's "Estancia" [Ranch] - very much an Argentinian version of Copland's "Rodeo"
in both cases, the best known versions are Suites drawn from complete ballet. Ginastera's Suite consists of -
The Land Workers
Final Dance - Malambo -
Mvts 1,3 and 4 are quite fast, rhythmic, with lots of percussion - Mvt 2 is a lovely flute solo over the strings that builds to a fine climax....
This is a very lively, colorful work, immediately attractive, and a great audience pleaser...if you are not familiar - I highly recommend it...Ginastera's "Panambi" is good too, but I think "Estancia" is better overall.
I have 4 recordings of this work - surprisingly, 3 of them feature the London Symphony ORchestra, recorded over a rather long span -
Goosens/LSO '58 - Everest - with Suite from Panambi, Antill - Corroboree Suite, Villa-Lobos - "Little Train..."
Morton Gould/LSO '78 - Citadel - with several works by Gould
Ben-Dor LSO '97 - Naxos - Estancia , Panambi - complete Ballets
additionally - I have
Ozawa/CSO - '67, Ravinia - Archival set <<CSO First 100 Years>>
The original - Goosens/LSO - is very good, in quite good sound...there are some ensemble problems, mainly in the rapid, angular rhythmic melodic figures in unison between the trumpets and horns, esp in the Final dance. these are a bit nit-picky, for sure, but the LSO was not yet the great ensemble is was to become shortly under the direction of Pierre Monteux...still - this is a winner, on a great disc of sound spectaculars
Gould/LSO from '78 is very good - orchestra plays great, ensemble is good, recorded sound is excellent, balance is fine
Ben-Dor/LSO '97 is good, and this is the complete ballet - but I take issue with the sound - as in the balance - there are places where the percussion simply covers everything....there's certainly plenty there for the percussion to do, but there are some melodic parts that need to come thru...Naxos missed the boat a bit with the balance, IMO.
Ozawa/CSO - this one is splendidly played, excellent sound from live performance along with Gould probably best overall - one major caveat, tho -
the popular Danza Finale - on the plus side- Ozawa takes a blistering tempo, really ripping, and the orchestra is right on top of it - most exciting - but - Seiji misplays the rhythm in crucial places - this piece features lots of changes 6/8 to 3/4 and back - like Bernstein's WSS "America" - Ginastera will suddenly interject a duplet measure two beats [dotted 1/4s] amongst the rapid eighth note figures - this duplet should be played exactly in tempo - it has the effect of sudden braking simply by longer note values - but Ozawa insists on making a big ritardando on top of it, each time it appears, then a tempo subito immediately after...this is incorrect, and unmarked - the duplets should be in tempo. This unnecessary ritardando interrupts the flow...however, it is quickly re-established....some may like the effect, but I find it a mannerism of sorts, that doesn't work.