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Turina: Danzas Fantasticas / Mena, BBC Philharmonic

Turina / Mouriz / Bbc Philharmonic Orch / Mena
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 10753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Clara Mouriz
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The last few years have seen a welcome focus on Joaquín Turina, from his chamber works to the Naxos series of his complete piano music. That said, there’s a need for a one-CD summary, or an album that says, “if you can only have Turina album …” This is that CD.

First of all, there are the excellent programming choices. The Danzas fantásticas are probably Turina’s most famous work, as exciting and colorfully scored as overtly Spanish music gets. The Sinfonía sevillana is substantial, totally attractive, evocative, and fairly concise. It knows how to win you over, but also not to overstay its welcome. Why it’s not a repertoire staple is beyond me. Then fill out the rest of the disc with the exciting Ritmos
Read more and a series of gorgeous songs for mezzo-soprano. There can hardly be a better Intro to Turina.

Although I can imagine more uninhibited playing in the first and last of the Danzas, this reservation fades from the memory with the arrival of excellent mezzo Clara Mouriz to sing her numbers with taste and lovely voice. As for the Sinfonia performance it is one of the best around; it doesn’t hurt that a similarly-programmed Naxos disc is less vibrantly recorded. The BBC Philharmonic certainly don’t sound too distant here, nor do they sound disengaged, and it’s only in those Danzas that they sound un-Spanish.

On the other hand, the Danzas are the work you’re most likely to hear elsewhere; there are recordings by Ansermet and Bátiz, among others. The Sinfonia is on an old RCA album and in the aforementioned Naxos CD, but neither is better-played or better-recorded. The Poema for mezzo has been more popular, especially in a piano version - which Joyce DiDonato and Teresa Berganza recorded - but if you want the orchestra, Clara Mouriz is a big part of the reason why this CD’s so appealing. If you and your stereo need a Turina highlight reel, this is it.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22 by Joaquin Turina
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/09/2011 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Poema en forma de canciones, Op. 19 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Clara Mouriz ()
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/21/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Saeta en forma de Salve a la Virgen de la Esperanza, Op. 60 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Clara Mouriz ()
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/21/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Tríptico, Op. 45: Farruca by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Clara Mouriz ()
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 06/21/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Ritmos, Op. 43 "Fantasia coreográfica" by Joaquin Turina
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1928; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/21/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 2 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Sinfonia sevillana, Op. 23 by Joaquin Turina
Conductor:  Juanjo Mena
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1920; Spain 
Date of Recording: 01/27/2012 
Venue:  MediaCity UK, Salford 
Length: 22 Minutes 26 Secs. 

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