Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, etc. by Sharon Isbin | 724348200129 | CD | Barnes & Noble
Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, etc.

Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuez, etc.

by Sharon Isbin
     
 
Sharon Isbin's 1991 EMI release of Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," reissued in 2004 on Virgin Classics, faces direct competition from her rendition of the same work on Warner Classics, also released that year. While this performance with Lawrence Foster and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne is acceptable for background listening, it is disappointing when

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Sharon Isbin's 1991 EMI release of Joaquín Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez," reissued in 2004 on Virgin Classics, faces direct competition from her rendition of the same work on Warner Classics, also released that year. While this performance with Lawrence Foster and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne is acceptable for background listening, it is disappointing when compared to Isbin's truly inspired and vivid performance with José Serebrier and the New York Philharmonic. Here she seems fairly subdued and perhaps emotionally reserved, but this may also be due to the variable audio, which distances her and mutes her playing now and then. There are no dropouts of sound in the Warner CD, and Isbin's elegant, nuanced playing is fully captured there. The rest of this disc will appeal to casual listeners, for Rodrigo's charming "Fantasia para un gentilhombre" and the melancholy "Invocación y danza" are popular favorites, as are the smoldering "Asturias" by Isaac Albeniz, and the solemn "La Catedral" by Agustin Barrios Mangoré. The Warner disc offers instead two major guitar concertos by Villa-Lobos and Ponce, impressively interpreted by Isbin, and guitar specialists will find those works more substantial fare. As stated above, the sound quality is uneven and in need of frequent volume adjustments.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Erato
UPC:
0724348200129
catalogNumber:
82001

Tracks

  1. Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar & orchestra  - Joaquín Rodrigo  -  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  - Lawrence Foster  - Markus Häberling
  2. Fantasía para un gentilhombre, for guitar & orchestra  - Joaquín Rodrigo  -  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra  - Lawrence Foster
  3. Invocación y danza, for guitar ("Homenaje a Manuel de Falla")  - Joaquín Rodrigo
  4. Suite española No. 1, for piano, Op. 47, B. 7: Asturias  - Isaac Albéniz
  5. La Catedral for guitar, Nos 1-3, complete: 1. Andante religioso  - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré
  6. La Catedral for guitar, Nos 1-3, complete: 2. Allegro solemne  - Agustín Barrios-Mangoré

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