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Joaquín Turina: Complete Guitar Music / Jan Depreter, guitar

Album Summary

>Turina, Joaquin : Fandanguillo
>Turina, Joaquin : Sevillana, fantasia for guitar, Op. 29
>Turina, Joaquin : Ráfaga, for guitar, Op. 53
>Turina, Joaquin : Homenaje a Tárrega, for guitar, Op. 69
>Turina, Joaquin : Sonata for Guitar in D major, Op. 61
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Notes & Reviews:

The Romantic Spanish composer Joaquin Turina (1882-1949) left a small but perfectly formed body of work for the guitar, all of which is still commonly heard and widely loved for its unaffected melodic beauty and dancing vernacular rhythms. His harmonically questing language often seems to have more in common with the innovations of Albeniz than the comfortingly picture-postcard attractions of Rodrigo’s language. This is especially true of his one "abstract" work for the guitar, the Sonata Op.61, which amply fulfils Turina’s ambition to break free from a strictly local style, especially in its recitative-like Andante. From early in his career, Turina had been determined to write "European" art music as much as (if not more than) works reflecting the language, culture and landscape of his native Spain: It was not by chance that his op.1 was a piano quintet, conscientiously modelled on works he admired. That said, there are also distinctively Spanish works here, none more so than the exuberant homage to the memory of Tarrega, composer-prince of the Spanish guitar. It’s a work that runs through the gamut of Romantic guitar tricks and effects in its brief span, and receives here a virtuoso performance from the Flemish guitarist Jan Depreter. Depreter is a composer himself, and his recreative instincts can be heard to superb effect in the concentrated drama of Sevillana Op.29 and bold drama of the Fandanguillo, which without words seems to conjure a complete mise-en-scène.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Little BIG Studio, Ekeren, Belgium (01/2015).



Reviews

Classical guitar album of the year
The Spanish composer Joaquín Turina actually was a pianist, but he managed to capture the essence of the guitar so well with his music that his works seem almost idiomatic to the instrument. On his new CD Belgian classical guitarist Jan Depreter presents Turina's works for guitar in a very effective order, convincing from start to finish.
After a famous encounter with Isaac Albéniz in Paris and upon returning to Madrid in 1914, the bulk of Turina's outpore focusses on the typical rhythms and harmonies of his native Andalucían roots. His affinity with the guitar is encouraged by the great champion of the instrument, Andres Segovia, for whom all works save one (Rafaga) were written.

Presence and Colour
Untill now I had not really heard of the Belgian guitarist Jan Depreter, even though he has won five major international competitions in the early two thousands and he is advertised by an internet critic as the "Vladimir Horowitz of the guitar". His current concert calendar brings him to recitals in Belgium, Portugal, Greece, the U.K., China and the United States of America. All the more overwhelming is the sheer presence Jan Depreter emanates in his playing. Colours, movement, rhythm and a hint of Flamenco never far away, make Turina's music an artistic endeavour of the first class.

Dramaticly compelling
Already in the first chords of the opening "Fandanguillo" Jan Depreter proves himself a master in tone colours, able to switch with lightning speed between powerful chords and sweet floating melodies. The order of the pieces from here to the final "Sonata" is built up with great dramatic poise. And it is exactly in the "Sonata" that Jan Depreter seems to magically transform his instrument in an entire Spanish village, from slumbering infant in its cradle to whispering lovers and exuberant dancing couples. With such a myriad of colours it is hard to believe the composer did not play the guitar himself. Jan Depreter interprets with overflowing intensity and leaves his audience after 30 minutes behind in wonder.
Submitted on 03/08/17 by David J. Hellerstein 
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Works Details

>Turina, Joaquin : Fandanguillo
  • Performer: Jan Depreter (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Turina, Joaquin : Sevillana, fantasia for guitar, Op. 29
  • Performer: Jan Depreter (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Turina, Joaquin : Ráfaga, for guitar, Op. 53
  • Performer: Jan Depreter (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Turina, Joaquin : Homenaje a Tárrega, for guitar, Op. 69
  • Performer: Jan Depreter (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1932

>Turina, Joaquin : Sonata for Guitar in D major, Op. 61
  • Performer: Jan Depreter (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931