Label: Deutsche Grammophon - 2531 208 • Format: Vinyl LP • Country: Canada • Genre: Classical • Style: Modern
Villano y Ricercare Adagietto — Andante moderato Danza de las hachas Allegro con brio Canario Allegro ma non troppo.
Fanfare Allegro marziale Madrigal Andante nostalgico Entrada Allegro vivace Girardilla Presto Pastoral Allegro Fandango Arietta Andante nostalgico Zapataedo Allegro vivace A flurry of commercial advertising followed in its wake.
This unforeseen burst of interest at all levels of society engendered many youngsters including me to learn the classical guitar, thus providing a potential new generation of guitarists. That remarkable swell in interest of classical guitar music was probably due to a piece by a previously little known Spanish composer, Joaquin Rodrigowritten just before the outbreak of World War II.
At the age of three his sight was almost completely lost during an epidemic of diphtheria, Philharmonia Orchestra · García Navarro* - Concie this led him towards music as a compensation. After learning braille and music braille while pursuing his musical career, which started at age 8, he made first compositions Johnny Guitar - Janet Manchester - Movie Lovers Discowritten in score by himself.
This was an overwhelming success, bringing him renown from critics and public alike. ByYepes had completed work on his version of a string guitar, an extension of the classical guitar and designed to overcome the many limitations of the usual six-string instrument when playing classical music.
Yepes has been associated with the Concierto because of his mastery of the piece, throwing a new light on it with his string guitar. The light-hearted urbanity of the first movement has amazingly clear articulation, fluidity of expression and affection, with clarity in balancing counter-melodies above dark, sonorous lower strings.
Naturally, Yepez caresses the gorgeous melodies of the Adagio, suggesting solitude and contemplation which is embroidered with a plethora of decorative trills throughout the movement. However, a burst of dissonant wind chords intrudes, which Yepez attacks in a furious passion leading to a true cadenza of striking virtuosity. Yepez imbues gentle humour, grace and skilfull asides with the orchestra, which returns in kind.
The Philharmonia, under Garcia Navarro, give Yepez impeccable support. The famous Philharmonia strings, however, sound rather thinner than usual; perhaps their numbers were reduced to help balance with the guitar. At times I noted an over-bright upper tinge of violins at loud crescendos.
This special character of the guitar sound is less obvious in the otherwise presentable Stereo track, as the acoustic bloom is reduced.
The whole sound is very different to that of the Concierto, with notably greater richness of the strings and Philharmonia Orchestra · García Navarro* - Concie of the English Chamber Orchestra, embedded in a strong atmosphere of ambience with deep perspective and focus. Some might find this capture somewhat distanced, but with the right listening volume I found it Philharmonia Orchestra · García Navarro* - Concie realistic and pleasurable recording, with the guitar balanced in just the right spot.
Rodrigo scores happy memories of the Baroque, whence the lute was being Ice Cream Man - Various - Strange Things Are Happening by the guitar.
Each of the four movements has its own delight, especially while the guitar and each section of the orchestra engage in discussion, with light dances and often well-known tunes — the Canario, for example.
For me, this is the most realistic recording on this disc. The composer neatly combines Renaissance dances with Spanish and African-American folklore in the 10 movements of the suite-like work. Yepez is joined by guitarist Godelieve Monden, a duo partner who often played duos and toured with him. Evidence of their joint musicianship is very clear, as is the transparency of their playing.
With the Philharmonia and a return to the Watford Town Hall, this recording is much closer than with the Concierto de Aranjuez. In fact, the close-up solo guitars are positioned one each in the Left and Right speakers — a habit of DGG engineers of that period. Good for hearing the well-spaced exchanges from the guitarists but with the orchestra sounding very large, the balance seems very artificial. Sonically this is vivid as a 3-speaker setup, but the result is perspectively flat, with a very large stage, filling out to both Allegro Gentile - Joaquín Rodrigo - Narciso Yepes and R speakers, and a somewhat small guitar in the centre speaker.
This is a crowded field in a number of media types. Listening to this disc brought wonderful memories of that posse of classical guitarists in my youth which I mentioned at the start of this review. You must be logged in to post a comment. Posted in: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment.
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