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Joaquin Turina: Danzas Fantasticas / Clara Mouriz, soprano; Juanjo Mena

Audio Samples

>Turina, Joaquin : Danzas fantasticas, for orchestra (or piano), Op. 22
>Turina, Joaquin : Poema en forma de canciones, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 19
>Turina, Joaquin : Saeta en forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, Op. 60
>Turina, Joaquin : Triptico, for voice and orchestra, Op. 45
>     Farruca
>Turina, Joaquin : Ritmos, fantasia coreografica, for orchestra, Op. 43
>Turina, Joaquin : Sinfonia sevillana, for orchestra, Op. 23

Album Summary

>Turina, Joaquin : Danzas fantasticas, for orchestra (or piano), Op. 22
>Turina, Joaquin : Poema en forma de canciones, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 19
>Turina, Joaquin : Saeta en forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, Op. 60
>Turina, Joaquin : Triptico, for voice and orchestra, Op. 45
>Turina, Joaquin : Ritmos, fantasia coreografica, for orchestra, Op. 43
>Turina, Joaquin : Sinfonia sevillana, for orchestra, Op. 23
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This disc forms part of our 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.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
Danzas Fantasticas and Sinfonia Sevillana, his most famous orchestral works, are programmed together on several recordings. Mena's is at or near the top. The interpretations lean to the subtle and broad, they are lively enough. Lopez-Cobos is slightly brighter and better sprung rhythmically. Ritmos is probably Turina's third most famous orchestra piece, and it sits comfortably next to its more famous relatives. The rest of Mena's program is a collection soprano solos with orchestra, all relatively rare on recordings. Poema en Forma de Canciones (Poem in the Form of Songs) begins with an orchestral introduction. Swaying and lilting winds open 'Nunca Olvida', and the vocal component is quiet and sweetly inflected. 'Cantares' begins with Debussyian flutes that give way to some moderately showy flamenco styling in the voice. 'Los dos Miedos' begins contemplatively. The beautiful Saeta en Forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza honors the Virgin from Esperanza. The tempo is slow and the mood warm and heartfelt, with strong religious overtones. 'Farruca' is the only movement Turina orchestrated from Triptico, which he wrote for soprano Conchita Supervia. The farruca is a male dance. These performances coupled with the three orchestral works makes what appears to be the first in a Turina series from Chandos a must purchase for admirers of this composer.

Gramophone Magazine, April 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...Mena's accounts of the Danzas, Ritmos and Sinfonia stand up well against some strong competition. The orchestra's playing and Chandos's sumptuous sound place this new disc in the front rank.

MusicWeb International, 2nd May 2013
Turina's highly rhythmic and vivid coloration combined with his passionate approach

The Arts Desk, 9th March 2013
Juanjo Mena's performances are perfectly judged, the rhythms sprung with ineffable lightness and the textures clear...As an introduction to an unfairly neglected composer, this disc couldn't be bettered. It's also very nicely recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MediaCity UK, Salford (2011-12-09&2012-06-21&2012-).



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Works Details

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Danzas fantásticas, for orchestra (or piano), Op. 22
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Poema en forma de canciones, for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 19
  • Performer: Clara Mouriz (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Notes: Composition written: 1923.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1923

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Saeta en forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, Op. 60
  • Performer: Clara Mouriz (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1930

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Triptico, for voice and orchestra, Op. 45 :: Farruca
  • Performer: Clara Mouriz (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1929

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Ritmos, fantasía coreográfica, for orchestra, Op. 43
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1928

>Joaquín Turina (Composer) (1882 - 1949) : Sinfonia sevillana, for orchestra, Op. 23
  • Conductor: Juanjo Mena
  • Running Time: 22 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1920