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Spanish Classics - Rodrigo: Piano Music Vol 2 / Pizzaro


Release Date: 05/29/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557923   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



RODRIGO Danza de la amapola. El album de Cecilia. Danzas de España. Sonatas de Castilla. Suite para piano. Cancíon y danza. Preludio al gallo mañanero. 3 Evocaciones Artur Pizarro (pn) NAXOS 8.557923 (72:02)


Artur Pizarro boasts a big, virtuoso technique and a full sound. It stood him in excellent stead when he recorded the three Kabalevsky piano sonatas for Collins Classics a decade or so ago. (Perhaps that recording will Read more turn up on Naxos in due course.) Along with Pizarro’s strength comes clarity, even more crucial in Rodrigo’s piano music, which shares the open textures and harmonic piquancy of his concertos—the qualities that make them so easy to love.


Rodrigo’s solo piano works are mostly joyous and playful, not only in the childlike Album for Cecilia (the composer’s daughter), but elsewhere too. Exceptions are the early, Ravel-influenced Evocaciones , with their atypical scale passages and flourishes. Although a good pianist himself, Rodrigo soon pared back his style. In quieter movements, such as “Rustica”—the first of the three Spanish Dances —and the second Castilian sonata, the composer who immediately comes to mind here is Mompou.


The forthright Pizarro, helped by close piano sound, is a reliable and sensitive guide to this repertoire. This is the second (and final) volume in his Rodrigo series. ( Fanfare does not seem to have reviewed Vol. 1, but I could be wrong.)


Regarding the competition, there is a well-regarded double-CD set from Bridge, played by Gregory Allen, which I have not heard; it includes some pieces for four hands. The four major works on Pizarro’s disc also appear on a single CD selection by María Garzón (on ASV). Her pianism is smoother and more fluid, with a bit more light and shade at her disposal, although there’s very little in the comparison. Garzón’s Evocaciones are certainly more evocative. If it’s a consideration, Pizarro’s instrument is better tuned in the very high treble register, where Rodrigo spends a lot of time.


In short, this is an enjoyable and varied program, confidently performed.


FANFARE: Phillip Scott
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Works on This Recording

1.
Danza de la Amapola for Piano by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
2.
El Album de Cecelia by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
3.
Danzas (3) de España for Piano by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
4.
Sonata (5) de Castilla con Toccata a modo de pregón by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
5.
Suite for Piano by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
6.
Canción danza for Piano by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
7.
Preludio al gallo mañanero by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 
8.
Evocaciones (3) for Piano by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Artur Pizarro (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980-1981; Spain 
Venue:  Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, England (07/01/2005 - 07/03/2005) 

Sound Samples

Danza de la amapola (version for piano solo): Danza de la amapola (Dance of the Poppy) (version for piano solo)
El album de Cecilia: No. 1. Maria de los Reyes (Sevillanas)
El album de Cecilia: No. 2. A la Jota (Jota de las Palomas) (Jota of the Doves)
El album de Cecilia: No. 3. Cancion del hada rubia (Song of the Golden-Haired Fairy)
El album de Cecilia: No. 4. Cancion del hada morena (Song of the Dark-Haired Fairy)
El album de Cecilia: No. 5. El negrito Pepo (Little Black Pepo)
El album de Cecilia: No. 6. Borriquillos a Belen (Little Donkeys in Bethlehem)
3 Danzas de Espana: No. 1. Rustica
3 Danzas de Espana: No. 2. Danza de las tres Doncellas (Dance of the 3 Maidens)
3 Danzas de Espana: No. 3. Serrana
5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon: Toccata a modo de pregon (Toccata in the Style of a Proclamation)
5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon: Sonata No. 1
5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon: Sonata No. 2 in F sharp minor
5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon: Sonata No. 3 in D major
5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon: Sonata No. 4, "como un Tiento"
5 Sonatas de Castilla con toccata a modo de pregon: Sonata No. 5 in A minor
Suite: I. Preludio
Suite: II. Siciliana
Suite: III. Bourree
Suite: IV. Minue
Suite: V. Rigodon
Cancion y danza (Song and Dance)
Preludio al gallo mananero: (Prelude of the Dawn Cockerel)
3 Evocaciones: No. 1. Tarde en el parque (Afternoon in the Park)
3 Evocaciones: No. 2. Noche en el Guadalquivir (Night on the Guadalquivir)
3 Evocaciones: No. 3. Manana en Triana (Morning in Triana)

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