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Basque Music Collection, Vol 2 - Usandizaga


Release Date: 03/16/1999 
Label:  Claves   Catalog #: 9814   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  José Maria Usandizaga
Performer:  Asier Polo
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length:  1 Hours  1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of the six works here by the Basque composer Usandizaga (who died at the tragically early age of 28), the elegant Suite, the short descriptive Dans la mer and the Symphonic Overture (obsessed with a Gregorian fragment), all written at the age of 17, reflect the influence of his French training under Vincent d’Indy. These prentice efforts were followed, when he returned home freed from this discipline, by works of nationalist or exotic inspiration that show an imaginative ear for instrumentation: by far the most impressive is the eloquent and expertly written cello Fantasy, here with a fine soloist.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [3/1999]
Of the six works here by the Basque composer Usandizaga (who died at the tragically early age of 28), the elegant Suite, the short descriptive Dans la mer and the Symphonic Overture (obsessed with a Gregorian fragment), all written at the age of 17, reflect the influence of his French training under Vincent d’Indy. These prentice efforts were followed, when he returned home freed from this discipline, by works of nationalist or exotic inspiration that show an imaginative ear for instrumentation: by far the most impressive is the eloquent and expertly written cello Fantasy, here with a fine soloist.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [3/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Dans la mer, Op. 20 by José Maria Usandizaga
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  San Sebastian 
2.
Fantasy for Cello and Orchestra by José Maria Usandizaga
Performer:  Asier Polo (Cello)
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Written: 1908 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  San Sebastian 
3.
Hassan and Melihah by José Maria Usandizaga
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Written: 1912 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  San Sebastian 
4.
Irurak bat, Op. 35 by José Maria Usandizaga
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Written: 1906 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  San Sebastian 
5.
Symphonic Overture on a Gregorian Theme, Op. 26 by José Maria Usandizaga
Performer:  Asier Polo (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  San Sebastian 
6.
Suite in A, Op. 14 by José Maria Usandizaga
Conductor:  Gabriel Chmura
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Basque National Orchestra
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Venue:  San Sebastian 

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