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Spanish Classics - Turina: Piano Music Vol 1


Release Date: 01/18/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557150   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joaquin Turina's skillfully-wrought brand of Spanish Romanticism never fails to delight the ear, especially in the hands of a pianist sensitive enough to project the music's heady Andalusian evocations. Jordi Masó pretty much fits the bill. He handles Turina's not inconsiderable technical demands with ease, and modulates his attractive sonority to emphasize the composer's entrancing harmonic ingenuity. The playing also boasts attractive rhythmic character, as in Masó's understated lilt in the Op. 79 Suite's Bolero and Fandango, and in the curvaceous line he brings to Op. 55's Dance of Seduction. Some listeners may prefer Sara Davis Buechner's flashier, hotheaded virtuosity in the Op. 8 Danzas Andaluzas (Koch), or Albert Guinovart's leaner, Read more more impetuous way with the inspired Op. 22 Danzas fantasticas and both the Op. 55 and 84 sets of Gypsy Dances (Harmonia Mundi). Yet there's much to be said for Masó's less personalized though always thoughtful mastery, along with Naxos' ample if slightly dry engineering. In sum, this is a release that indicates the beginning of a satisfying cycle. Recommended.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Danzas fantásticas, Op. 22 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Spain 
Venue:  Auditorium, Jafre, Spain 
Length: 15 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain (04/24/2003 - 04/25/2003) 
2. Danzas andaluzas (3) for Piano, Op. 8 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; Spain 
Venue:  Auditorium, Jafre, Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain (04/24/2003 - 04/25/2003) 
3. Danzas gitanas, Set 1, Op. 55 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; Spain 
Venue:  Auditorium, Jafre, Spain 
Length: 13 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain (04/24/2003 - 04/25/2003) 
4. Danzas gitanas, Set 2, Op. 84 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Spain 
Venue:  Auditorium, Jafre, Spain 
Length: 13 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain (04/24/2003 - 04/25/2003) 
5. Danzas (2) sobre temas populares españoles, Op. 41 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Spain 
Venue:  Auditorium, Jafre, Spain 
Length: 4 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain (04/24/2003 - 04/25/2003) 
6. Bailete, Op. 79 by Joaquin Turina
Performer:  Jordi Masó (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Spain 
Venue:  Auditorium, Jafre, Spain 
Length: 11 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Auditorium, Jafre, Spain (04/24/2003 - 04/25/2003) 

Sound Samples

Danzas fantasticas, Op. 22 (arr. for piano): Exaltacion (Exaltation)
Danzas fantasticas, Op. 22 (arr. for piano): Ensueno (Fantasy)
Danzas fantasticas, Op. 22 (arr. for piano): Orgia (Orgy)
3 Danzas andaluzas, Op. 8: Petenera
3 Danzas andaluzas, Op. 8: Tango
3 Danzas andaluzas, Op. 8: Zapateado
5 Danzas gitanas, Op. 55: Zambra
5 Danzas gitanas, Op. 55: Danza de la seduccion (Dance of Seduction)
5 Danzas gitanas, Op. 55: Danza ritual (Ritual Dance)
5 Danzas gitanas, Op. 55: Generalife
5 Danzas gitanas, Op. 55: Sacro-monte
Danzas gitanas, Op. 84: Fiesta de las calderas (Fiesta of the Cauldrons)
Danzas gitanas, Op. 84: Circulos ritmicos (Rhythmic Circles)
Danzas gitanas, Op. 84: Invocacion (Invocation)
Danzas gitanas, Op. 84: Danza ritmica (Rhythmic Dance)
Danzas gitanas, Op. 84: Seguiriya
2 Danzas sobre temas populares espanolas, Op. 41: Cadena de seguidillas (Chain of seguidillas)
2 Danzas sobre temas populares espanolas, Op. 41: El arbol de Guernica (The Tree of Guernica)
Bailete, Op. 79: I. Entrada
Bailete, Op. 79: II. Tirana
Bailete, Op. 79: III. Bolero
Bailete, Op. 79: IV. Danza de corte
Bailete, Op. 79: V. Fandango

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