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Federico Torroba: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 1 - Concierto en Flamenco; Dialogos; Aires de La Mancha; Suite Castellana / Pepe Romero & Vicente Coves, guitars

Album Summary

>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Concierto en Flamenco, for guitar & orchestra
>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Dialogos, for guitar & orchestra
>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Aires de la Mancha
>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Suite castellana for guitar
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

An outstanding figure in the history of modern Spanish music, Federico Moreno Torroba is best known for his guitar works, his traditional style embracing the folklore and character of Spain. The Concierto en Flamenco requires an exceptional soloist, and Pepe Romero is justly famous for his masterful interpretations in both classical and flamenco genres. The playful Dialogos entre guitarra y orquesta adds the luminous sonorities of harp and celesta to its colorful orchestration. Aires de La Mancha is evocative of this distinctive region in central Spain, while the Suite castellana includes Torroba's first ever composition for guitar, Danza. This is the first of three volumes of Torroba's complete works for guitar and orchestra.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Sala María Cristina, Málaga, Spain (07/02/2013-07/04/2013).



Reviews

Important New Series
Its a treat to have the most eloquent and technically proficient member of the legendary Romero family back in front of the microphones. Pepe Romeros list of accomplishments is far too extensive to enumerate here. This, his latest project, will encompass the complete works for guitar and orchestra of Frederico Moreno Torroba. Volume 1 contains 2 concerti and 2 works for solo guitar. This is an especially good A&R decision inasmuch as Mr. Romero has recorded so little of this composers works. The Concierto en Flamenco is an intoxicating 4 movement work from 1962. Mr. Romero plays the solo part with his customary sensitivity and technical lan. His ability to successfully maneuver the flamenco and classical elements holds him in good stead here. Dialogos entre guitarra y orquesta was originally composed for Segovia in the 1960s and revised in 1977. It was Mr. Romero who made the premiere recording in 1980. Here the protg and colleague of Mr. Romero, Vicente Coves takes on the solo duties with playing that is cleanly articulated and rhythmically buoyant. Accompaniment duties for the 2 works fall to Manuel Coves, Vicentes brother who leads the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra with alert, enthusiastic results. The remainder of the disc is devoted to 2 solo guitar suites roughly 9 and minutes each. Both are attractive evocations of the folklore and music traditions of central Spain, i.e. Castille. Again Mr. Romero and Mr. Coves split the playing honors. Throughout this generous disc, the material is beautifully wrought, colorful, and unashamedly melodic. The recorded sound is open and rich, the tight miking and dry acoustic paying dividends in terms of obtaining an optimum balance between soloist and orchestra. The enlightening liner notes make good reading. Vol 2 and 3 will most likely achieve a comparable level of excellence.
Submitted on 02/13/15 by Allen Cohen 
Wonderful recording of these two works from Berlioz
This CD (in SACD format) consists of Berlioz Harold en Italie and La mort de Cleopatre, featuring Antoine Tamestit on viola and Karen Cargills lovely mezzo-soprano vocal talents.

The first four tracks are Harold en Italie, and given the conductor and the fact that it is the London Symphony Orchestra, great things are expected. And for this listener, they were indeed delivered. The first two movements, Harold in the Mountains and Pilgrims March feature outstanding work from the violist and the woodwinds, but the third movement Serenade is charming and jovial and definitely foot tapping. The fourth movement, Brigands Orgy, is rhythmically energetic and percussively powerful at times, exploring the full dynamic range of the orchestra and this SACD recording. It is just fantastic.

The second work on the disc is La mort de Cleopatre, and while the first of the two movements gives Ms. Cargill the opportunity to show what Cleopatre is feeling, the second movement begins with dark harmonies and suicidal dramatics, particularly as Cleopatre clutches the snake to her breast and breathes her last. It is here that Mr. Gergiev and the LSO demonstrate just how good they are at bringing forth just the right symphonic dymanics to emphasize the vocal elements and emotional fabric of the piece. This is masterful work, and a treat to hear.

The recording sounds spectacular, and the SACD medium is a marvelous vehicle for these works. The liner notes are well-written and, while not voluminous, provide valuable insight into the circumstances that the composer was operating under as well as background on the individual movements of the works presented. This is a very well done offering from the LSO Live label, and I definitely recommend this recording.

Submitted on 05/04/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Concierto en Flamenco, for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: Pepe Romero (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Manuel Coves
  • Ensemble: Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Sala María Cristina, Málaga, Spain (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 25 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1962

>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Dialogos, for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: Vicente Coves (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Manuel Coves
  • Notes: Sala María Cristina, Málaga, Spain (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto

>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Aires de la Mancha
  • Performer: Pepe Romero (Guitar)
  • Notes: Sala María Cristina, Málaga, Spain (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Moreno Torroba, Federico : Suite castellana for guitar
  • Performer: Vicente Coves (Guitar)
  • Notes: Sala María Cristina, Málaga, Spain (07/02/2013-07/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic