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Latin Romances - Rodrigo, Villa-Lobos / Sharon Isbin


Release Date: 02/01/2000 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 61627   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joaquin RodrigoJoseph SchwantnerHeitor Villa-LobosIsaac Albeniz,   ... 
Performer:  Sharon IsbinMarkus Höberling
Conductor:  Lawrence FosterHugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber OrchestraSt. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have known many scientists whose other passion was for music; the opposite polarities that attract one another are as likely to be found in one human being as in two different ones. On one side of Sharon Isbin's coin is the head of Bach; the obverse shows the colourful music of the 'Latin' countries, and without doubt she has both the temperament and the fingers for it... Sainz de la Maza's Zapateado exudes extrovert energy, whilst the little pieces by Jobim, Villa-Lobos (Sentimental Melody) and Abreu perform the same service for charm; Quejas is in triple time but its pace and sentiment are not typical of the Venezuelan vals, which in any case owes less to Vienna than to the dances taken to South America by the Spanish conquerors of five Read more centuries ago... Both Isbin and [Eduardo] Fernandez (Decca) reveal the poetic qualities of Brouwer's El Decameron negro (by now 'standard', but not yet over-recorded repertory) and handle the difficulties of the echo passages in the second movement well... [T]his [is] a splendidly played and enjoyable disc...

-- Gramophone [10/1990]
reviewing disc 2, originally released as Virgin 59591

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Anyone familiar with Joseph Schwantner’s New Morning for the World, a wonderful mix of musical oratory and the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., will recognize the composer’s voice in From Afar. Just as Troubadours deals with the memory of things past, Schwantner’s work recalls his early musical career as a guitarist... I can’t imagine a more persuasive performance than Isbin’s.

-- Michael Fine, FANFARE [9/2002]
reviewing From Afar, reissued as Angel 67672
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Works on This Recording

1. Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/1989 
Venue:  Grange de Dorigny, Lausanne University 
Length: 23 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2. Fantasía para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Spain 
Date of Recording: 09/1989 
Venue:  Grange de Dorigny, Lausanne University 
Length: 22 Minutes 40 Secs. 
3. From Afar by Joseph Schwantner
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar), Markus Höberling (French Horn)
Conductor:  Hugh Wolff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Date of Recording: 1993-94 
Venue:  Ochestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN 
Length: 15 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4. Melodia sentimental, W 556 by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958-1959; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Carlos Barbosa-Lima 
5. Etudes (12) for Guitar, W 235: no 8 in C sharp minor by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
6. Barcarola for Piano, Op. 202 "Mallorca" by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1891; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 7 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Andres Segovia 
7. Zapateado by Regino Sainz de la Maza
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8. Invocación y Danza for Guitar "Hommage a M de Falla" by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1961; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
9. Quejas by Zequinha de Abreu
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
10. Capricho árabe by Francisco Tarrega
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
11. El decameron negro by Leo Brouwer
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1981; Cuba 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 13 Minutes 15 Secs. 
12. Cantos de España, Op. 232: no 1, Preludio [Asturias, Op. 47 no 5] by Isaac Albeniz
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1896; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Andres Segovia
This piece was added to the Suite española and retitled "Asturias" (Op 47,
no 5) nine years after the composer's death. 
13. La catedral by Agustín Barrios Mangoré
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; Paraguay 
Date of Recording: 12/1998 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 5 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14. Estrada do sol by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performer:  Sharon Isbin (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1959; Brazil 
Date of Recording: 12/1995 
Venue:  Public Radio, St. Paul, Minnesota 
Length: 2 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Carlos Barbosa-Lima 

Sound Samples

Concierto de Aranjuez: I. Allegro con spirito
Concierto de Aranjuez: II. Adagio
Concierto de Aranjuez: III. Allegro gentile
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: I. Villano y ricercare (Adagietto - Andante moderato)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: II. Españoleta y Fanfare de la Caballeria de Nápoles (Adagio) -
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: III. Fanfare de la Caballería de Nápoles (Allegretto - Adagio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: IV. Danza de las Hachas (Allegro con brio)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: V. Canario (Allegro ma non troppo)
From Afar....A Fantasy For Guitar and Orchestra
Zapateado
Invocation et Danse - Hommage a Manuel de Falla
Andante religioso from 'La Catedral'
La Catedral: ii Allegro Solemne
Quejas (Lament)
Estrada do Sol (Road to the Sun)
Capricho arabe
El Decamerón Negro: I. La Arpa de Guerrero
El Decamerón Negro: II. La Huída de los Amantes por el Valle de los Ecos
El Decamerón Negro: III. Balada de la Doncella Enamorada
Sentimental Melody from 'Forests of the Amazon'
Etude No.8 (from 12 Etudes)
Mallorca Op. 202
Asturias

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