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Abril: Piano Concerto, Hemeroscopium, Etc / Asensio


Release Date: 10/24/1995 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223849   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Anton Garcia AbrilAntón Garcia Abril
Performer:  Guillermo González
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Abril's Piano Concerto is showily extrovert but easy on the ear, with a lively light-hearted first movement akin to Francaix. Guillermo Gonzalez clearly revels in the work's bravura, and the recording throughout is spectacular.

This disc documents a highly successful concert honouring Anton Garcia Abril, then 61 years old, on the occasion of his being awarded the Guerrero Foundation prize (previous recipients of which had been Rodrigo and Montsalvatge). And who, those outside Spain may be asking, is Abril? A prolific composer in many fields (concertos, choral and orchestral music, chamber works, opera and ballet, film and television scores - a partial list is given in the enclosed booklet), he has taught at the Madrid
Read more Conservatoire since the age of 24, was a co-founder in 1958 of the influential New Music group (along with such figures as Cristebal Halffter and Luis de Pablo), and has received numerous prizes and honours.

The Three Sonatas are transcriptions of harpsichord movements by Soler. Minor changes from the original in matters of accidentals are of no great consequence, but the scoring for full orchestra (at first for a ballet in 1984) leads to a rather vulgar inflated image of Soler. Hemeroscopium ("watchtower of the day"), a concerto for large orchestra, was completed in 1972 (when Asensio conducted the premiere, as here) and only slightly revised subsequently. It is a grandiloquent work in three connected sections, only occasionally recognizably Spanish and revealing some influences from Bartel and Petrassi (with whom Abril studied) yet fighting clear of the dodecaphony then engulfing so many of his contemporaries. Basically melancholy, its course is punctuated by shatteringly loud and violent outbursts. The Piano Concerto is an earlier work but was scrapped in favour of a radical revision in 1994. Showily extrovert, it is easy on the ear, with a lively light-hearted first movement akin to Francaix, a more lyrical "Coral" which harmonically is somehow reminiscent of John Ireland, and a diffuse, rather noisy finale. Guillermo Gonzalez clearly revels in the work's bravura, and the recording throughout (particularly in Hemeroscopium's immense climaxes) is spectacular.

-- Gramophone [6/1996]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (3) for Orchestra by Antón Garcia Abril
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984; Spain 
2.
Concerto for Orchestra "Hemeroscopium" by Antón Garcia Abril
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969-1972; Spain 
3.
Concerto for Piano by Antón Garcia Abril
Performer:  Guillermo González (Piano)
Conductor:  Enrique Garcia-Asensio
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrid Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1966/1994; Spain 

Sound Samples

3 Sonatas for Orchestra: Allegro e spiritoso assai
3 Sonatas for Orchestra: Andante
3 Sonatas for Orchestra: Prestissimo
Hemeroscopium
Piano Concerto: Allegro
Piano Concerto: Coral
Piano Concerto: Allegro deciso

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