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Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez; Goss, Albeniz / Xuefei Yang

Release Date: 12/07/2010 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 98361  
Composer:  Joaquin RodrigoStephen GossIsaac Albeniz
Performer:  Xuefei Yang
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thrummingly immediate...a delight.

Xuefei Yang and EMI ring the changes on the usual merry-go-round of core guitar works deploying two works with orchestra and two without. Before they do they treat us to a fine version of Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. The guitar is recorded throughout with thrummingly immediate proximity. It’s a delight but one hopes that captivate listeners hearing the work in the concert hall will not be disappointed when a real world balance has the guitar stepping back ten paces towards the orchestra. That said the orchestra is not effaced and some touching soft details emerge sensitively – for example in the Adagio. Xuefei Yang clearly has the Aranjuez well under her fingers.
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The Albéniz Concerto as created by the composer and guitarist Stephen Goss is a concerto for guitar and orchestra “after the piano music of Isaac Albéniz”. The origins are the piano pieces El Albaicin, Cataluña, Evocación, Cadenza and Aragón drawn from Iberia and Suite Espanola.

Sumptuous regal Debussy Ravel and goss allows it to take spectacular flights which leave the guitar as spectator. This is more of a fantasy for orchestra with guitar. Very pleasing example of Iberiana . the strutting el albaicin, knowing filmic, The work was commissioned by EMI for Yang and the Barcelona orchestra to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Albeniz’s birth. It was premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on 24 October 2009 at the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool when the conductor was Shi-Yeon Sung and Xuefei Yang was the soloist.

Yang’s España sequence allows her the solo spot without orchestral distraction. She evades duplication with Goss and selects six movements: Preludio, Tango, Malagueña, Serenata, Capricho Catalán and Zortzico. These are magnificently done and emegre fluently with technical challenges well sbdued. The Tango is very effective indeed. Her tone on occasion come s across rather like that of a zither – it’s a very alluring sound.

Rodrigo’s Invocacion y danza is a brilliant and incident-packed tribute to de Falla but with Rodrigo’s hand unmistakable including glances back towards Aranjuez.

All credit to EMI to recording this collection in Barcelona using this great city’s own orchestra and Eiji Oue who used to be a denizen of Reference Recordings discs but who can now be found on CPO and DG.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Albéniz Concerto by Stephen Goss
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Conductor:  Eiji Oue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orquesta Simfonica de Barcelona i Nacion Catalunya
Written: 2009 
Subtitled: A Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra after the piano music of Isaac Albéniz. 
Invocación y Danza for Guitar "Hommage a M de Falla" by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1961; Spain 
Hojas de album (6), Op. 165 "España" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; London, England 

Customer Reviews

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 excellent recording July 14, 2015 By David White (Carmel, CA) See All My Reviews "Strong performance" Report Abuse
 Rodrigo-Concierto de Aranjuez April 9, 2015 By Susan S. (Pittsburgh, PA) See All My Reviews "Great! I think Xuefei Yang's interpretation compares favorably with other great masters of Classical Spanish Guitar!" Report Abuse
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