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Spanish Classics - Palomo: Andalusian Nocturnes


Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557135   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lorenzo Martinez Palomo
Performer:  Maria BayoPepe Romero
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



PALOMO Nocturnos de Andalucía. 1 Una primavera andaluza. Tientos. Plenilunio. Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdos de juventud ? Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, cond; Pepe Romero (gtr); 1 Maria Bayo (sop); Seville Royal SO ? NAXOS 8.557135 (74:19)


Lorenzo Palomo (b. 1938) writes in a bright, picture-postcard Spanish idiom: the melodic twists and modal tunes, the castanets, the guitar?s Read more flamenco strumming and its imitation by the orchestra are all familiar. The works on this CD show off Palomo?s orchestral mastery?he is also a conductor?and bring to mind Frühbeck de Burgos?s own arrangement of the Suite española by Albeniz, a hit light music record of the 1960s.


Andalusian Nocturnes is a six-movement suite for guitar and orchestra written for Pepe Romero, who, like the composer, hails from the Andalusian region of Spain. Though titled Nocturnes , the six movements are by no means all soft and languid: these are the vibrant evenings in Falla?s Spanish gardens rather than the hot, dry nights of Mompou?s piano miniatures. The work is filled with many enjoyable and atmospheric moments, though I found a couple of the folk-like themes too simplistic to generate much interest. My favorite movement is the fifth, ?Nocturne of Córdoba?; here the composer displays great delicacy and creates a mysterious nocturnal atmosphere which is genuinely compelling.


The selection of Spanish songs consists of two cycles, An Andalusian Spring and Memories of Youth , plus two others, Tientos and Full Moon . They are original settings, not adaptations of existing traditional melodies; even so, they sound a lot like Iberian cousins to Canteloube?s Songs of the Auvergne . If you enjoy that ubiquitous work, you will certainly respond to these songs. (Texts are not provided but are available as a download from Naxos?s Web site.)


The Andalusian Spring cycle was composed at the request of Montserrat Caballé. Not only that, the great diva performed it several times. Maria Bayo is the natural successor to Caballé and Victoria de Los Angeles in the Spanish repertoire. She produces a radiant tone and a certain amount of heft when required. (On the last note of the final song she oversings and pushes herself slightly off pitch, a rare slip-up.) Pepe Romero and Frühbeck de Burgos, well-established musical stars with a vast number of recordings to their credit, maintain their high standards here. (Incidentally, will Universal ever issue Romero?s 1980 performance of Moreno Torroba?s elegant guitar concerto Diálogos on CD?)


The sound is spacious and full, not quite as in-your-face as in some other Naxos recordings. All in all, a distinguished issue of likeable music: a CD you could give as a gift without much risk of missing the mark. Palomo may not mine his Spanish sources with the elemental depth of Surinach or view them through the postmodern prism of Balada, but his music does what he intended it to do: beguile and entertain.


FANFARE: Phillip Scott
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Works on This Recording

1.
Una primavera andaluza by Lorenzo Martinez Palomo
Performer:  Maria Bayo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1992; Berlin, Germany 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 13 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (08/29/2000 - 09/02/2000) 
2.
Tientos by Lorenzo Martinez Palomo
Performer:  Maria Bayo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1994 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (08/29/2000 - 09/02/2000) 
3.
Plenilunio by Lorenzo Martinez Palomo
Performer:  Maria Bayo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1994 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (08/29/2000 - 09/02/2000) 
4.
Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdos de juventud by Lorenzo Martinez Palomo
Performer:  Maria Bayo (Soprano)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1987; Berlin, Germany 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Spanish 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (08/29/2000 - 09/02/2000) 
5.
Nocturnos de Andalucía by Lorenzo Martinez Palomo
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1996; Berlin, Germany 
Venue:  Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain 
Length: 40 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Sala Apolo, Sevilla, Spain (08/29/2000 - 09/02/2000) 

Sound Samples

Nocturnos de Andalucia (Andalusian Nocturnes): I. Brindis a la noche (A Toast to the Night)
Nocturnos de Andalucia (Andalusian Nocturnes): II. Sonrisa truncada de una estrella (Shattered Smile of a Star)
Nocturnos de Andalucia (Andalusian Nocturnes): III. Danza de Marialuna (Dance of Marialuna)
Nocturnos de Andalucia (Andalusian Nocturnes): IV. Rafaga (Gust of Wind)
Nocturnos de Andalucia (Andalusian Nocturnes): V. Nocturno de Cordoba (Nocturne of Cordoba)
Nocturnos de Andalucia (Andalusian Nocturnes): VI. El tablao (The Flamenco Stage)
Una primavera andaluza (An Andalusian Spring): No. 1. Los alamos del rio (The Poplar Trees by the River)
Una primavera andaluza (An Andalusian Spring): No. 2. La nina de blanco (The Maiden in White)
Una primavera andaluza (An Andalusian Spring): No. 3. Solo tu (Only You)
Una primavera andaluza (An Andalusian Spring): No. 4. Llueve, llueve (Rain, Rain)
Una primavera andaluza (An Andalusian Spring): No. 5. Alborada (The Dawn)
Una primavera andaluza (An Andalusian Spring): No. 6. Eres tan bella (You are as beautiful as...)
Tientos (Touches)
Plenilunio (Full Moon)
Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdo de juventud (From Dawn to Dusk or Memories of Youth): No. 1. La puerta entornada (The Door Ajar)
Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdo de juventud (From Dawn to Dusk or Memories of Youth): No. 2. Madre, cuando yo me case (Mother, when I marry)
Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdo de juventud (From Dawn to Dusk or Memories of Youth): No. 3. La muntanya d'amatistes (The Amethyst Mountain)
Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdo de juventud (From Dawn to Dusk or Memories of Youth): No. 4. Cancion de la aldelfa y el rio (Song of the Adelfa and the River)
Del atardecer al alba o Recuerdo de juventud (From Dawn to Dusk or Memories of Youth): No. 5. Serrana (Song of the Mountain)

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