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Joaquín Rodrigo: Concerto de Aranjuez; Fantasía para un Gentilhombre; Concierto Madrigal / Narciso Yepes & Godelieve Monden, guitars

Album Summary

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto madrigal for 2 Guitars
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Joaquín Rodrigo modeled Concierto de Aranjuez, one of his most important works, on Spanish folk music. With the Fantasía para un gentilhombre, Rodrigo created a musical monument, so to speak, with two Spanish “gentlemen of the guitar” – Sanz and Segovia – skillfully presenting the ancient melodies with a modern twist. And Rodrigo based his Concierto Madrigal for two guitars and orchestra on Jacques Arcadelt’s madrigal “Oh, my happy eyes”. The composer neatly combines Renaissance dances with Spanish and African-American folklore in the ten-movement, suite-like work.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Both the Aranjuez and the Fantasia are given expert and expressive performance. It's still Yepes, and he can't match the conviction and sheer beauty of Pepe Romero on Philips or the sheer passion of Xeifei Yang on EMI (May/June 2011), but it it helps that the Philharmonia (in the Aranjuez) and the English Chamber Orchestra (Fantasia) sound absolutely terrific.

The Concierto Mardrigal is a fascinating work, with considerable beauties (how many pieces are there that quote both the Aranjuez and the overture to Monteverdi's Orfeo?) It is even more technically terrifying than the Aranjuez. It was written for Pepe and Angel Romero, and their recording with the ASMF (on Philips, with various couplings) is still without equal. Yepes is, indeed, a match for Pepe on the first part. The moto perpetuo 'Girardilla' must be distinctly slower than the Romeros; nor can the 'Zapateado' match their excitement.

These recordings are quite fine, and if you want a document of Yepes at his best, this is it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: London, Watford Town Hall (04/1979); The Henry Wood Hall in London, UK (04/1979); London, Watford Town Hall (06/1977); The Henry Wood Hall in London, UK (06/1977).



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Works Details

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar
  • Performer: Narciso Yepes (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Garcia Ravarro
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Running Time: 22 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra
  • Performer: Narciso Yepes (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Garcia Ravarro
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto madrigal for 2 Guitars
  • Performers: Godelieve Monden (Guitar); Narciso Yepes (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Garcia Ravarro
  • Running Time: 29 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1966