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Rodrigo: Concierto Madrigal, etc / Katona Twins, et al

Album Summary

>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Concierto madrigal for 2 Guitars
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Fandango del ventorrillo, for piano (Pieces for piano no 2)
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Tonadilla, for 2 guitars
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Serenata española
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Manana en Triana, for piano (Evocaciones no 3)
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Sonata de adios, for piano ("Homenaje a Paul Dukas")
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Gran marcha de los subsecretarios, for piano, 4 hands
>Rodrigo, Joaquín : Danza de la Amapola for Piano
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Notes & Reviews:

"At first, I found Price's characterisation a little detached and impersonal, perhaps because of the very beauty of her voice, but her performances grew on me. Her exemplary phrasing, breath control and seamless musical line are heard to fine effect in Death and the Maiden and Wanderers Nachtlied, and in her broadening out of the glorious "all-liebender Vater" in Ganymede." -Sunday Times***

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The best of the established guitar duos have consisted of players who are/were either married or blood-related - favourable conditions for in-built empathy. Presti-Lagoya set the pace in the 1960s, one which has still to be fully matched. Now we have the Hungarian duo of the Katona twins, possessed of a technique most others can only dream of. Their needlesharp unanimity of thought and attack is such that listening 'blind' you might wonder how a player could possibly have so many digits. Rodrigo wrote only two works for two guitars, the Tonadilla and (with orchestra) the Conciertomadrigal. Neither has been better recorded than here. In the latter the recorded balance often tips slightly in favour of the orchestra, but this is a minor quibble. In order to flesh out the a programme the Katonas have made admirable arrangements of six piano pieces written between 1931 and 1981, and these magnificently played versions for two guitars should keep Rodrigo aficionados happy enough. The Katonas have yet to parallel the emotional depth and warmth of Presti-Lagoya, but they have youth on their side and, being in total command of every other necessary 'tools', they may well become world-beaters. This is a stunning disc, to which the orchestra and recording engineers have made fitting contributions.



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Works Details

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Concierto madrigal for 2 Guitars
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Conductor: Conrad Alphen
  • Running Time: 28 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1966

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Fandango del ventorrillo, for piano (Pieces for piano no 2)
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Tonadilla, for 2 guitars
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Serenata española
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1931

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Mañana en Triana, for piano (Evocaciones no 3)
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980-1981

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Sonata de adiós, for piano ("Homenaje a Paul Dukas")
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Gran marcha de los subsecretarios, for piano, 4 hands
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: March
  • Written: 1941

>Joaquín Rodrigo (1901 - 1999) : Danza de la Amapola for Piano
  • Performer: Katona Twins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1972