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Rodrigo: Concierto De Aranjuez, Etc / Barrueco, Domingo


Release Date: 11/11/1997 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 56175   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Manuel BarruecoPlacido Domingo
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Both Barrueco and Domingo are longstanding devotees of Rodrigo's music and it shows. The partnership extends throughout this CD, in which Domingo also conducts the orchestra, an exercise in which both parties demonstrate their happy meeting of minds.

[This CD] contain[s] the umpteenth recordings of the Concierto de Aranjuez and Fantasia para an gentilhombre, of which there are already so many versions that the nomination of an all-time best defies my humble capacities. Suffice it to say that these are amongst the very best and, if these works are absent from your collection then [this] will serve you very well. Barrueco and [David] Russell [Telarc 80459] are members of the guitar's top-drawer elite - giving performances
Read more of crystalline clarity - and they are both excellently supported by their orchestras... Barrueco adds two solos, neither one yet dulled by overfamiliarity. The Zarabanda lejana, Rodrigo's first solo work for the guitar, is given with the utmost expressivity, and Un tiempo rue Italica famosa, a tribute to the history of a once-famous Roman city near Seville, is delivered with panache; rapid passages in Rodrigo's guitar works are almost invariably scales, here (and elsewhere) appropriately testifying to the influence of flamenco.

Barrueco has one more trump card to play - his partnership with Plácido Domingo in four songs, selected from those for which Rodrigo himself has made adaptations for the guitar of the original piano accompaniments (the texts are given in four languages). Their coming together was no public relations exercise, for both are longstanding devotees of Rodrigo's music, and it shows. The partnership extends through the whole of this recording, in which Domingo also conducts the orchestra, an exercise in which both parties demonstrate their happy meeting of minds.

-- Gramophone [4/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1. Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Spain 
Date of Recording: 11/1995 
2. Fantasía para un gentilhombre by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Conductor:  Placido Domingo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1996 
3. Villancicos (3): no 1, Coplillas de Belén by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Language: Spanish 
4. Villancicos (3): no 2, Pastorcito Santo by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Language: Spanish 
5. Cançiónes populares españolas (10): no 1, Adela by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Language: Spanish 
6. Coplas del Pastor enamorado by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Placido Domingo (Tenor), Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; Spain 
Date of Recording: 03/1997 
Language: Spanish 
7. Un tiempo fue Itálica famosa by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980; Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
8. Sarabande lointaine a la Vihuela de L Milan by Joaquin Rodrigo
Performer:  Manuel Barrueco (Guitar)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1926; Spain 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 

Sound Samples

Concierto de Aranjuez: Allegro con spirito
Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio
Concierto de Aranjuez: Allegro gentile
Copillas De Belen
Pastorcito Santo
Un Tiempo Fue Italica Famosa
Adela
Coplas Del Pastor Enamorado
Zarabanda Lejana
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: I. Adagietto - Andante (Villano y Ricercare)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: II. Adagio (Españoleta y Fanfare de la Vaballeria de Nápoles)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: III. Allegro con brio (Danza de las Hachas)
Fantasía para un gentilhombre: IV. Allegro ma non troppo (Canario)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 An extraordinary Classic! August 25, 2012 By Gary D. (Boston, MA) See All My Reviews "The Philharmonia Orchestra has never been finer than in this recording, conducted by Placido Domingo playing some of the most famous pieces by the great Spanish poet Joaquin Rodrigo. With Manuel Barrueco, one of the greatest living guitarists this is a cannot miss recording belonging in everyone's collection. I will be returning to it many times and will never tire of the beauty of the Concierto de Aranjuez, possibly one of the most popular concertos written in the 20th. Century. And the rendition of the Fantasia pars un gentilhombre is breathtaking and has never been better recorded by anyone.If you do not own this CD, and love great music, gift yourself, fast!" Report Abuse
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