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Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / John Williams


Release Date: 06/02/1992 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 48168   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Joaquin RodrigoMauro GiulianiAntonio Vivaldi
Performer:  John WilliamsColin Tilney
Conductor:  Eugene OrmandySir Charles GrovesJohn Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra membersEnglish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Rodrigo concerto (double woodwind, 2 horns, 2 trumpets and strings) needs real virtuoso playing—it is one of those works which are harder than they sound—but is most skilfully written. The cheerful first movement, starting up with typical Iberian belatedness from apparently idle introductory strumming, may make the most immediate effect, but undoubtedly the finest part of the work is the introspective Adagio, which shows that in the right hands even such seemingly cliché-bound elements as melancholy cor anglais solos and quasi-flamenco fiorilure can still be moving. Williams's reading differs somewhat from Bream's (which I still think superb): he takes the first movement a thought slower and just misses Bream's élan, but Read more gives the finale actually more bite: he plays the slow movement sensitively, less dramatically and more dreamily than Bream (and incidentally changes the notes of the final arpeggio). It is a throughly musical performance, a worthy rival to that by his distinguished fellow-countryman.

-- Gramophone [7/1966, reviewing Concierto de Aranjuez on LP]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra members
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Date of Recording: 12/14/1965 
Venue:  Town Hall, Philadelphia, PA 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Fantasía para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Spain 
Date of Recording: 06/1967 
Venue:  Barking Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Guitar no 1 in A major, Op. 30 by Mauro Giuliani
Performer:  John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1968 
Venue:  Barking Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Guitar in D major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Colin Tilney (Harpsichord), John Williams (Guitar)
Conductor:  John Williams
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 10/1968 
Venue:  Barking Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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