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Joaquín Rodrigo – Concierto De Aranjuez

Joaquín Rodrigo – Concierto De Aranjuez

Recorded at the Concert Hall of the CSSR Philharmonic, Košice, from 11th to 16th of Novembre 1988

About this work:
The Concierto de Aranjuez is a composition for classical guitar and orchestra by the Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo. Written in 1939, it is probably Rodrigo’s best-known work, and its success established his reputation as one of the most significant Spanish composers of the twentieth century. The Concierto de Aranjuez was inspired by the gardens at Palacio Real de Aranjuez, the spring resort palace and gardens built by Philip II in the last half of the 16th century and rebuilt in the middle of the 18th century by Ferdinand VI. The work attempts to transport the listener to another place and time through the evocation of the sounds of nature. According to the composer, the first movement is “animated by a rhythmic spirit and vigour without either of the two themes… interrupting its relentless pace”; the second movement “represents a dialogue between guitar and solo instruments (cor anglais, bassoon, oboe, horn etc.)”; and the last movement “recalls a courtly dance in which the combination of double and triple time maintains a taut tempo right to the closing bar.” He described the concerto itself as capturing “the fragrance of magnolias, the singing of birds, and the gushing of fountains” in the gardens of Aranjuez. Rodrigo and his wife Victoria stayed silent for many years about the inspiration for the second movement, and thus the popular belief grew that was inspired by the bombing of Guernica in 1937. In her autobiography, Victoria eventually declared that it was both an evocation of the happy days of their honeymoon and a response to Rodrigo’s devastation at the miscarriage of their first pregnancy. It was composed in 1939 in Paris. Rodrigo dedicated the Concierto de Aranjuez to Regino Sainz de la Maza. Rodrigo, blind since age three, was a pianist. He did not play the guitar, yet he still managed to capture the spirit of the guitar in Spain.

The Artists:
CSSR State Philharmonic of Košice
Peter Breiner: conductor
Gerald García: guitar

Track List:
01. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (Allegro con Spirito) (6:33)
02. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio) (10:56)
03. Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez (Allegro Gentile) (5:51)
04. Albeniz: Zambra Granadina (5:10)
05. Granados: Zapateado (from Cantos) (7:10)
06. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 2 (5:41)
07. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 8 (4:29)
08. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 6 (5:48)
09. Granados: Spanish Dance No. 11 (8:20)
10. Albeniz: Asturias (5:04)
11. Falla: Spanish Pieces (Aragonesa No. 1) (3:42)

Stereo, DDD, mp3 (320 kbps), 173.55 Mb, 68:44 minutes. Full info & covers included.