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Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Concierto Pastoral / Bonell, Stinton, Bedford

Rodrigo / Bonell / Stinton / Bedford
Release Date: 06/15/2010 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1090   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Carlos BonellJennifer Stinton
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez has risen rapidly from its 1940 premiere in Barcelona to become as iconic of the last century as Barber's Adagio and Orff's Carmina Burana. It's pretty much indestructible. It has enjoyed a myriad recordings and will enjoy a myriad more. It is known well beyond the classical music community and parts of it haunt lifts/elevators and shopping malls across the world.

So what marks out the present guitar-dominated collection from so many others? Firstly it is all Rodrigo. Secondly it is not all guitar.
Read more Thirdly it is solo instrument with orchestra when other collections have drafted in other guitarists for the composer’s multi-guitar works.

This Aranjuez is a sheer pleasure and Bonell is at no disadvantage in comparison to Bream or Williams or Romero. The presence of Jennifer Stinton's Concierto Pastoral - originally written for James Galway - makes for a welcome centrally-placed contrast with its impudent birdsong and Fauré-like melancholy.

By the way, if you are an admirer of Rodrigo's Aranjuez and need more then by all means go for the Fantasia as featured here, though it’s not a patch on Aranjuez. Make a note also to try the Concierto Madrigal and the Concierto Andaluz. Also don't overlook the absolutely wonderful Concierto del Sur by the Mexican Manuel Ponce.

I find that I have been a shade hard on the Fantasia which here shines as one of the most winning versions I have heard - if anything wins you over to this Rodrigo meets Pulcinella meets Capriol example of neo-classicism this will be it.

The recording tends towards the close-up and direct so no detail is left unexposed. Ates Orga provides the helpful liner-notes for this winning and inexpensive Rodrigo collection.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2.
Concierto pastoral for Flute by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Jennifer Stinton (Flute)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 25 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Fantasía para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Carlos Bonell (Guitar)
Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Spain 
Date of Recording: 1989 
Venue:  EMI, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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