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Cat. No. CHAN 9604 Price: 10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 9604 - Rodrigo: Guitar Concerto
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Rodrigo: Guitar Concerto

Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez has become extremely popular and is in fact one of the most popular classical compositions of all time. Written in 1939, this three-movement work secured Rodrigo;s position as the leading Spanish composer of the day.

The courtly Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Fantasia for a Gentleman) is a brilliant example of Rodrigo’s exploration of Spanish music of the seventeenth century: this charming suite is based on dance pieces by the Spanish guitarist and composer Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710), author of an important treatise on the guitar.

According to Pepe Romero, the soloist who premiered the work in 1983, Concierto oara una fiesta (1981) ’set a new standard of technique for the guitar’. It is a brilliant showpiece for the guitar, full of fiendishly difficult writing, and a work guaranteed to bring the house down.

<p>Rodrigo&rsquo;s <em>Concierto de Aranjuez</em> has become extremely popular and is in fact one of the most popular classical compositions of all time. Written in 1939, this three-movement work secured Rodrigo;s position as the leading Spanish composer of the day.</p> <p>The courtly <em>Fantasia para un gentilhombre </em>(Fantasia for a Gentleman) is a brilliant example of Rodrigo&rsquo;s exploration of Spanish music of the seventeenth century: this charming suite is based on dance pieces by the Spanish guitarist and composer Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710), author of an important treatise on the guitar.</p> <p>According to Pepe Romero, the soloist who premiered the work in 1983, <em>Concierto oara una fiesta </em>(1981) &rsquo;set a new standard of technique for the guitar&rsquo;. It is a brilliant showpiece for the guitar, full of fiendishly difficult writing, and a work guaranteed to bring the house down.</p>

Reviews

"I expected a high standard from this offering and was not disappointed; soloist and orchestra have together created a Rodrigo disc to be proud of... a delightful CD to recommend without reservation."
Chris Kilvington - Classical Guitar - August 1998

Performance *****    Recording ******
"...Superb performance by soloist and orchestra."
Yorkshire Post - February 1998

"... an all-round excellent package to enjoy."
Robert Beale - Manchester Evening News - 10 April 1998

"Craig Ogden adopts softer colours and a smoother tone… The result is one of the most winning performances I have encountered… utterly magical."
Jeremy Nichols - Classic CD - June 1998

 

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