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Souvenirs of Spain & Italy / Isbin, Pacifica Quartet


Release Date: 08/23/2019 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: CDR 190  
Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-TedescoAntonio VivaldiJoaquin TurinaLuigi Boccherini
Performer:  Sharon Isbin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet and multiple Grammy-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin join forces for an uncommon album of music for strings and guitar from the Baroque to the mid-20th century. Souvenirs of Spain & Italy is the first joint recording by these renowned artists and marks Isbin’s Cedille Records debut. The program spotlights Italian-born composers influenced by Spanish idioms. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, Op. 143, is a seldom-heard gem demanding virtuosity from every player. Written for guitarist Andrés Segovia, it’s “an urbane work, rich in vibrant themes and dialogues among individual lines,” critic Allan Kozinn writes in the liner notes. Isbin and the Pacifica play Read more Emilio Pujol’s guitar arrangement of Antonio Vivaldi’s lute Concerto in D Major, RV 93. Isbin’s guitar work in the dreamlike, meditative Largo movement features her own Baroque ornamentation. Luigi Boccherini’s Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet in D Major, G. 448, melds the emerging classical style of late 18th-century Vienna with hints of Spanish flamenco. Spanish composer Joaquín Turina’s string quartet movement, La Oración del Torero, Op. 34, evokes the fervor of a matador’s private prayer before entering the bullring. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Guitar and Strings, Op. 143 by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; United States 
2.
Chamber Concerto for Lute and 2 Violins in D major, RV 93 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
La oración del torero, Op. 34 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; Spain 
4.
Quintet for Guitar and Strings no 4 in D major, G 448 "Fandango" by Luigi Boccherini
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacifica String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Spain 

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