Orchestrated 1887 by J. Trayter (Tomás Bretón y Hernández) (1850-1923)
A mi buen amigo José Tragó recuerdo de admiración y cariño
Allegro ma non troppo - Andante - Andante -
Rêverie et Scherzo. Andante - Presto
Allegro - Allegro - Poco meno - Meno mosso - Meno - Tempo I -
Solo: Martin Roscoe piano
Suite espanola (1886-98)
Arranged 1964-65 by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (1933-2014)
Castilla (Seguidillas). Allegro molto
Granada (Serenata). Allegretto - Meno mosso -
Sevilla (Sevillanas). Allegro moderato - Meno mosso -
Asturias (Leyenda). Allegro ma non troppo - Lento -
Aragón (Fantasia). Allegro - Meno mosso - Tempo I -
Total time: 79:42
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
17 Septemer 2015 (Suite española, Overture to The Magic Opal) & 30 November and 1 December 2015 (other works)
Our Spanish Music series (La Música de España) with the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, its Spanish chief conductor and a specialist in the repertoire, now reaches the music of Isaac Albéniz, one of the greatest Spanish composers of any era.
Highly colourful and subtly contrasted, the Suite española is perhaps the most interesting early anticipation of the great piano collection Iberia, composed about twenty years later, in which, as Debussy remarked, Albéniz ‘put the best of himself’. Brilliantly successful though he was as a pianist and composer of piano music, Albeniz also composed operas, having his first success with The Magic Opal, in London, three orchestral movements from which feature here. The soloist in the Concierto fantástico is the British pianist Martin Roscoe, already highly praised for his many past recordings for Chandos, on which he features with artists such as Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike.
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**** (Excellent Disc) ****(Excellent Sound)
Stéphane Friédérich - Classica magazine (France) - December 2016-January 2017
Performance **** Recording ****
“... an enjoyable disc ...”
Christopher Dingle - BBC Music magazine - July 2016
Recording of the Month
"... Martin Roscoe gives a stellar performance ...the BBC Philharmonic under their Spanish conductor Juanjo Mena should be equally praised. Mena has the BBC Phil sounding more Spanish than most Spanish orchestras in this music. Gerald Larner’s booklet notes are extremely informative and aid the enjoyment of this wonderful disc which also has excellent sound."
Stuart Sillitoe - MusicWeb-International.com - 20 May 2016
"... Martin Roscoe's performances are of exceptional skill and affection while the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, finely recorded, play with a suitably hearted, open-hearted commitment."
Bryce Morrison - Gramophone magazine - June 2016
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