Rodrigo: Piano Music

Rodrigo: Piano Music

     
 

The piano music of Joaquín Rodrigo is rarely heard and practically unknown compared to his guitar works. This disc by Artur Pizarro should help rectify the oversight. None of the works here are as substantial as Rodrigo's concertos, but the colorings and expressions are just as rich as in those larger works. Many of these are indebted in some way to other composers.… See more details below

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The piano music of Joaquín Rodrigo is rarely heard and practically unknown compared to his guitar works. This disc by Artur Pizarro should help rectify the oversight. None of the works here are as substantial as Rodrigo's concertos, but the colorings and expressions are just as rich as in those larger works. Many of these are indebted in some way to other composers. The first piece is an homage to Isaac Albéniz's "Torre Bermeja" (Crimson Tower), appropriately entitled "In the Shadow for the Crimson Tower." Rodrigo wrote the glowingly resonant "Sonada de adiós" in memory of Paul Dukas, one of his teachers. The last five pieces on the disc are transcriptions of works by late-Renaissance Spanish composers. These are almost over-Romanticized in shading, but do capture the original spirit, if not quite the sound. The final "Fantasia que contrahace la harpa de Ludovico" has attention-grabbing, modern-sounding harmonies and rhythms. The rest of the works on the disc are dances, full of Spanish fire and spice, mini tone poems, and character pieces, which also draw on Spanish idioms and post-Romantic harmonies. Pizarro moves easily from the simple, soft lines of a berceuse to the punctuated figures found in the "Estampas Andaluzas," changing his articulation as needed to realize fully and marvelously the spirit of the music. What would make this disc even better would be a warmer sound. The recording is a little distant, and it tends to thin out the colors of the music.

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Editorial Reviews

Classic FM Magazine - Nick Bailey
It’s an exhilarating listen from start to finish and really captures the essence of the country, from its past glories to the Spain of Rodrigo’s time. There’s excitement, romance and occasional sadness, but whatever the mood there’s always a zest to Pizarro’s playing.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/18/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313227228
catalogNumber:
8557272
Rank:
256983

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Tracks

  1. À 'ombre de Torre Bermeja, for piano ("Homenaje a Ricardo Viñes")  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  2. Pieces (4) for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  3. Pastoral for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  4. Preludio de añoranza, for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  5. Berceuses (2) for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  6. Bagatela for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  7. Estampas (4) andaluzas, for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  8. Sonata de adiós, for piano ("Homenaje a Paul Dukas")  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  9. Serenata española, for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  10. Air de ballet sur le nom d'une jeune fille, for piano  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  11. Zarabanda lejana, for piano ("Homenaje a Luis de Milán")  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  12. Piezas (5) del siglo XVI, for piano: Diferencias sobre 'El Canto del Caballero' (Cabezó  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  13. Piezas (5) del siglo XVI, for piano: Pavana (Luis de Milán)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  14. Piezas (5) del siglo XVI, for piano: Pavana (Luis de Milán)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  15. Piezas (5) del siglo XVI, for piano: Pavana (Enriquez de Valderrábano)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro
  16. Fantasía que contrahace la harpe de Ludovico, for piano (arr. from Mudarra, Piezas del siglo XVI No. 5)  - Joaquín Rodrigo  - Artur Pizarro

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