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Turina: Piano Music Vol 5 / Jordi Masó

Release Date: 03/31/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570370   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

TURINA Cuentos de Español: Series 1; Series 2. Recuerdos de la antigua España. Siluetas Jordi Masó (pn) NAXOS 8.570370 (73:05)

Another enjoyable album—the fifth—in Jordi Masó’s traversal of the complete piano music of Joaquin Turina. This CD consists of four suites of what might be termed musical postcards of Spain, or in the case of the Recuerdos , a depiction of Read more Spanish icons such as “the eternal Carmen.”

In his review of the first disc in the series, Peter Burwasser neatly summed up the effect of this music: “Turina consistently displays excellent craft and affection for his native culture, even as the work . . . feels oddly aloof from the natural passion of Iberian music.” ( Fanfare 28:6). That aloofness is here evident in the Cuentos de Español. The sixth movement of Series 1, subtitled “Malaga,” is at once less pianistically sophisticated and less downright earthy than the Malaga depicted by Albéniz in Iberia . By comparison, Turina is a little more well mannered.

Elsewhere, notably in the Recuerdos , the composer seems more inclined to set surface prettiness aside. “L’éternelle Carmen” is suitably sultry and capricious, “Don Juan” believably vigorous, and the “Habanera” movement nice and languid (although melodically it is not as memorable as those by Bizet and Chabrier). The Silhouettes , a later suite from 1931, is the most overtly virtuosic, resplendent with trills, cadenzas, and in the final movement (“Le phare de Cadix”), flashing glissandos.

Masó’s mastery of this repertoire is never in doubt: his melodies sing and his rhythms snap. The recording of the piano is suitably warm. As I said, an enjoyable disc, although if you are not collecting the whole series, I would suggest you go for the third volume containing the pieces representing Spanish women, Mujeres españolas.

FANFARE: Phillip Scott
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Works on This Recording

Cuentos de España, Book 1, Op. 20 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Cuentos de España, Book 2, Op. 47 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Recuerdos de la antigua España, Op. 48 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Spain 
Siluetas, Op. 70 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1932; Spain 

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