Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

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Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

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Joaquín RODRIGO (1901-1999)
Concierto de Aranjuez (1940) [21.41]
Concierto Andaluz (1967) [25.10]
Concierto Madrigal (1968) [31.53]
Dale Kavanagh (guitar)
Amadeus Guitar Duo
Eden-Stell Guitar Duo
Internationale Philharmonie
Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie
conductor: Horst-Hans Bäcker
rec: 25-28 Sept 1999, Tonstudio Teije van Geest, Freiherr-von-Fritsch-Kaserne, Hannover, Germany. DDD
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD 98.349 [78.25]
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As a collection this is pretty much self-recommending. It assembles Rodrigo's concertos for one (Aranjuez), two (Madrigal) and four (Andaluz) guitars into one place. The playing time is generous and the notes are adequate though it is a pity that the works have not been dated. The sound is close-up and this applies not just to the guitars. The orchestra is very powerfully projected - tantamount to overpowering during climaxes. This is for Rodrigo-ists who prefer intensity and potent drama over chamber intimacy and restraint. I am not inferring that spirituality is absent as the bejewelled Adagio of the Andaluz (every bit as good as anything in the Aranjuez) proves though I would have preferred a yet slower tempo here. The Arietta (tr.14) of the equally attractive though necessarily episodic Madrigal is cut from the same prayerful and introspective cloth as the two adagios. Of the three works the Madrigal is the only one to be in more than three movements - in fact there are ten - some as short as 1.43 others up to 6.47.

Dale Kavanagh plays in all three concertos. Ms Kavanagh is half of the Amadeus Duo. The other half is Thomas Kirchhoff. The Amadeus play in both the Andaluz and the Madrigal. They are joined by the Eden-Still for the four-handed Andaluz written for the four Romero brothers.

Three Rodrigo guitar concertos in large as life recordings and interpretations - contemplation, elegance, excitement and passion explored through melodies that seem to define the soul of Iberia.

Rob Barnett


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Concierto de Aranjuez
Allegro con spirito

Allegro gentile

Concierto Andaluz
Tempo de bolero
Cadence: allegretto

Concierto Madrigal
Pastorcico tu que vas...
Caccia a la espagnola

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