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CHAN 10753 - Turina: Orchestral Works
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Available From: 01 February 2013

Chandos CHAN 10753

Turina: Orchestral Works – Clara Mouriz (mezzo-soprano), BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena

This download forms part of Chandos’ ongoing Spanish Music series, performed by the BBC Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor, Juanjo Mena. Here the focus is on the orchestral works of the composer Joaquín Turina, one of the two leading Spanish composers of the twentieth century, the other being Manuel de Falla. Turina was a prolific composer, who in his sixty-seven years wrote more than one hundred works, in which he explored a wide range of classical genres, from symphonic music, solo piano pieces, and vocal works to ballet scores and chamber music. Most of these show the influences of traditional Andalusian music – often conveying feelings of rapture and immense exaltation – while also owing a debt to a range of French composers.


 "... there are the excellent programming choices. The Danzas fantásticas are probably Turina’s most famous work, as exciting and colourfully scored as overtly Spanish music gets. The Sinfonía sevillana is substantial, totally attractive, evocative, and fairly concise. It knows how to win you over, but also not to overstay its welcome. Why it’s not a repertoire staple is beyond me. Then fill out the rest of the disc with the exciting Ritmos and a series of gorgeous songs for mezzo-soprano. There can hardly be a better Intro to Turina..."

Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com - 11 September 2013

“... a must purchase for admirers of this composer...”
Roger Hecht – American Record Guide – July/August 2013

“...In all the music on this well-filled disc you will hear a style of Impressionism that is not cool and misty but ablaze with heat and light. The BBC Philharmonic relish Turina’s textures under Mena’s idiomatic direction, and typically rich Chandos sound is everything one could wish. This is well worth collecting alongside Mena’s previous discs of music by Falla and Montsalvatge...”

Phillip Scott – Limelightmagazine.com.au – 30 May 2013

                                **** - Excellent disc 
Stéphanie Friderich - Classical magazine - May 2013

 "...With the exception of the moderately paced Saeta the remaining works generally inhabit a similar sound-world. Turina’s highly rhythmic and vivid coloration combined with his passionate approach invariably produce steamy evocations of baking Spanish sunshine. With infectious enjoyment Mena and the BBC Phil ideally capture the expressive mood of these joyous scores. Produced at MediaCity UK, in Salford this open and clear recording ticks all the right boxes."

Michael Cookson - MusicWeb-International.com - May 2013

“...The three vocal items here are novelties ... They are sung with ravishing sweetness of tone by Clara Mouriz, who sounds born to sing them... The orchestra’s playing and Chandos’s sumptuous sound place this new disc in the front rank ...”
Guy Rickards – Gramophone magazine – April 2013

"... As an introduction to an unfairly neglected composer, this disc couldn’t be bettered. It’s also very nicely recorded."
Graham Rickson - theartsdesk.com - 9 March 2013

                 Recording of the Week
"...  An early contender for one of my discs of the year and if this does not feature in other similar lists and awards I will be surprised. Simply magnificent and a must-hear for all those with a penchant for all things Spanish and ripely orchestrated."
Nick Barnard - MusicWeb-International.com - March 2013

"... Warmly recommended."
Nigel Simeone - International Record Review - February 2013


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