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Instant Classics - Rodrigo: Concerto De Aranjuez

Rodrigo / Moretti / Colomer / Real Orq Sinfonica
Release Date: 11/20/2007 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5111   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Isabelle Moretti
Conductor:  Edmon Colomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The titles of the sixteenth-century books of tablature by Cabezon and Henestrosa declare the music to be suitable for the vihuela (the guitar's ancestor) or harp, an interchangeability that is easily understood in terms of the music itself. The twentieth century, however, is another matter -here the different characteristics of the two instruments affect the outcome. Thus, in the Concierto de Aranjuez, the harp turns scale passages into 'campanellas, losing their bite, and in the famous time of the second movement the harp's lack of vibrato diminishes its capacity for emotional intensity, and the passionate chord tremolos with which the guitar summons the orchestra on-stage near the end turn into (less imperious) arpeggios on the harp. The Read more Concierto becomes a different work, more of a dream world into which Isabelle Moretti and, concomitantly, the Seville orchestra, enter with the utmost sensitivity.

In the Concierto serenata, a cheerful work with a few melodic and rhythmic echoes of Aronjuez and elsewhere in Rodrigo-land, the harp does what it does best. Moretti is a rather more assertive soloist than Nancy Allen. The solo role in the evocative Sones en la Giralda has been played on the guitar by Pepe Romero in his own arrangement (Philips, 11/86), but here it is the harp that reigns supreme with its more bell-like sound.

Isabelle Moretti is a fine harpist in every respect and she receives the best possible support from the RSOS. Some may prefer earlier recordings of these pieces, not least Zabaleta's of the Concierto serenata, but those who relish the opportunity to have a whole harp-focused disc of Rodrigo's works will in no way be disappointed by this recording.

-- JD, Gramophone [8/1999] Reviewing Naive 4815
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Isabelle Moretti (Harp)
Conductor:  Edmon Colomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
2.
Sones en la Giralda by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Isabelle Moretti (Harp)
Conductor:  Edmon Colomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1963; Spain 
Length: 3 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Concierto serenata for Harp by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Isabelle Moretti (Harp)
Conductor:  Edmon Colomer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Spain 
Length: 24 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concierto de Aranjuez (version for harp and orchestra): I. Allegro con spirito
Concierto de Aranjuez (version for harp and orchestra): II. Adagio
Concierto de Aranjuez (version for harp and orchestra): III. Allegro gentile
Sones en la Giralda: I. Lento
Sones en la Giralda: II. Allegro Vivace - Tempo de sevillana, Molto ritmico
Concierto serenata: I. Estudiantina: Allegro ma non troppo
Concierto serenata: II. Intermezzo con aria: Adagio
Concierto serenata: III. Sarao: Allegro deciso

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