Notes & Reviews:
Jesús Guridi was one of a number of composers born in the last quarter of the 19th century, who also included Joaquín Turina and Manuel de Falla, driven by a desire to create and promote Spanish music with a genuinely national identity. With their authentic folk-tinged atmosphere, Guridi's two string quartets follow his foremost philosophical concern of creating beautiful works of art, with their moments of modal serenity and richly diverse sophistication. Guridi's masterpiece Ten Basque Melodies can be heard on Naxos 8.557110, his zarzuela El caseríoon 8.557632, the Sinfonía pirenaica on 8.557631, and his opera Amaya on Marco Polo 8.225084-85.
Expedition Audio Recommended
Guridi's musical language is that of the late romantic period, with a chromatic tonality inherited from Wagner and a sensuous harmonic aura that is frequently reminiscent of the impressionism we associate with Debussy and Ravel... The music is harmonically and melodically sophisticated. There are many very beautiful passages, notably the serene and achingly beautiful conclusion to the Adagio sostenuto movement from theString Quartet No. 2. ... read more ...
American Record Guide, November/December 2013
The Ensayo release, which I prefer, is sonically clearer, sweeter, and more natural sounding. Naxos is richer and fuller. Both are superbly performed, and either will delight anyone who responds to the string consort playing supremely beautiful music.
Recording information: Musicstry Studios, Madrid, Spain.
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Works DetailsJesús Guridi (1886 - 1961) : Quartet for Strings no 1 in G major
- Ensemble: Breton String Quartet
- Notes: Musicstry Studios, Madrid, Spain (2011-10-31_2011-11-01&2011-)
- Running Time: 22 min. 42 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1934
Jesús Guridi (1886 - 1961) : Quartet for Strings no 2 in A minor
- Notes: Musicstry Studios, Madrid, Spain (2012-02-05_2012-02-06&2012-)
- Running Time: 31 min. 6 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Written: 1949