Music of Aita Madina

Music of Aita Madina

by Cristian Mandeal
     
 

Father Francisco de Madina was a Basque-born priest and composer who spent most of his time working for the church in either Argentina and the United States before returning to his beloved Catalonia just before his death. While devoting most of his time to the church, Madina found time to compose a fair amount of music, mostly for guitar, orchestra, or both, and…  See more details below

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Father Francisco de Madina was a Basque-born priest and composer who spent most of his time working for the church in either Argentina and the United States before returning to his beloved Catalonia just before his death. While devoting most of his time to the church, Madina found time to compose a fair amount of music, mostly for guitar, orchestra, or both, and despite his long absence from home, all his music is informed by his Basque roots. This two-disc set, the ninth volume in the Swiss label Claves' series of recordings devoted to Basque orchestral music, contains the world-premiere recordings of 10 works by Madina: a "Concerto for guitar quartet and orchestra"; a "Concerto for harp and string orchestra"; several suites for orchestra; several works for choir and orchestra; a work for soprano, choir, and orchestra; and a work for narrator, soprano, choir, and orchestra. Written in a brilliantly colorful, strongly rhythmic, and very melodic style, Madina's music is immediately accessible, and for fans of similar works by Rodrigo, instantly ingratiating. Superbly played by the Basque National Orchestra under music director Cristian Mandeal and featuring star turns by harpist Xavier de Maistre and Los Romero, the guitar quartet to whom the concerto is dedicated, this set will appeal to those listeners who have already invested in the previous eight volumes in the series, as well those who like their twentieth century music bright, cheerful, and life-affirming. Claves' sounds is open, honest, and deep.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2006
Label:
Claves
UPC:
0769931251720
catalogNumber:
2517/18

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Tracks

  1. Concierto Vasco (Basque Concerto), for 4 guitars & orchestra
  2. Basque Rhapsody, for orchestra
  3. Concertino Vasco (Basque Concertino), for harp & string orchestra
  4. Aita Gurea, for voice, choir & orchestra
  5. Basque Christmas Suite, for choir & orchestra
  6. La Cadena de Oro (The Gold Chain), for narrator, voice, choir & orchestra
  7. Agur Maria, for choir & orchestra
  8. Basque Children Overture, for orchestra
  9. Christmas Triptych, for orchestra
  10. Danza, for orchestra
  11. Orreaga, suite for orchestra

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