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Joaquin Turina: Chamber Music / The Nash Ensemble

Album Summary

>Turina, Joaquin : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A major, Op. 67
>Turina, Joaquin : Sonata for violin & piano no 2, Op. 82 ("Espanola")
>Turina, Joaquin : Sextet for viola, piano and string quartet ("Scene Andalouse"), Op. 7
>Turina, Joaquin : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1, Op. 35
>Turina, Joaquin : La Oracion del torero, for lute quartet (or string quartet/string orchestra), Op. 34
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The colorful folk melodies and infectious rhythms of Spain knit seamlessly with twentieth century French compositional sophistication in Joaquín Turina's chamber works. Born in Seville, Andalucia, the young composer went to study in Paris in 1905, where he was greatly attracted to the forward-looking style of the likes of Debussy. However, his musical course was altered when he encountered countrymen Falla and Albéniz, who encouraged him to write in a style that fully embraced his Andalucian musical heritage. Later in life, the composer himself explained, "my music is the expression of the feeling of a true Sevillian who did not know Seville until he left it." On this release, the acclaimed Nash Ensemble demonstrate what a satisfying artistic homecoming he made.

"Lawrence Power’s viola and Paul Watkins’s cello shine in, respectively, the Escena Andaluza and the songful tenor/bass melodies of the trio. It would be hard to imagine more compelling performances." -The Sunday Times

BBC Music Magazine
The Nash Ensemble's present collection includes some of his best works in [the chamber music] field, making this a highly recommendable disc for anyone who enjoys early 20th-century Spanish music. Everything here is performed with great warmth and a real sense of belief in the music - Marianne Thorsen and Ian Brown's eloquent and characterful account of the Sonata espagnola.

Gramophone Magazine
Bravo to the Nash Ensemble for championing these chamber works by Joaquin Turina...He could scarcely have imagined that one day an ensemble would produce an entire CD of his music but the Spanish traits by no means become wearing or predictable.

International Record Review
Congratulations are certainly in order to the Nash Ensemble and Hyperion for this excellent CD of chamber music by the admirable Andalusian composer...the performances throughout by these outstanding musicians, who are clearly wholly committed to Turina's music, are deeply impressive.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The Oracion del Torero (for string quartet) is probably the most folk-like piece here. It makes pleasant listening, and the players of the Nash Ensemble (two violins, two violas, cello, and piano) are expert at what they do; but nothing really stuck in my head even after several hearings. Hyperion's sound and packaging are deluxe, as usual.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/2010-12/19/2010).



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Works Details

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Quartet for Piano and Strings in A major, Op. 67
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/2010-12/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1931

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Sonata for violin & piano no 2, Op. 82 ("Española")
  • Performers: Ian Brown (Piano); Marianne Thorsen (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/2010-12/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1929

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Sextet for viola, piano and string quartet ("Scène Andalouse"), Op. 7
  • Performers: Laura Samuel (Violin); Vicci Wardman (Viola)
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/2010-12/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1912

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Trio for Piano and Strings no 1, Op. 35
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/2010-12/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1926

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : La Oración del torero, for lute quartet (or string quartet/string orchestra), Op. 34
  • Ensemble: Nash Ensemble
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/17/2010-12/19/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1925