Rodrigo/Albeniz/Turina

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COMPOSERS: Rodrigo/Albeniz/Turina
LABELS: Decca Eclipse
WORKS: Concierto de Aranjuez; Fantasía para un gentilhombre; Rapsodia española; Rapsodia sinfónica
PERFORMER: Carlos Bonell (guitar), Alicia de Larrocha (piano); Montreal SO/Charles Dutoit, LPO/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
CATALOGUE NO: 448 243-2 DDD (1981/84)
This disc’s completely Spanish programme is a rare combination of repertoire for the guitar and for the piano. Rapsodia sinfónica by Turina (perhaps the least familiar composer here), is given a crisp, articulate performance by Carlos Bonell, who employs a wide range of timbres and achieves great clarity and brightness of tone. He is matched in this by Dutoit’s lightness of touch.

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From the haunting opening of Albéniz’s Rapsodia española onwards, Alicia de Larrocha enters a world of rich, sonorous qualities. The reflective and brusque atmospheres of Spain are magically captured and are portrayed with fluidity, subtlety and precision. Fiona Harrison