Federico Moreno Torroba: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 1

Federico Moreno Torroba: Guitar Concertos, Vol. 1

by Vicente Coves


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Release Date: 01/13/2015
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313325573
catalogNumber: 573255
Rank: 174229


  1. Dialogos, for guitar & orchestra
  2. Concierto en Flamenco, for guitar & orchestra

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Guitar Cons 1 (Torroba / Romero / Coves / Malaga Phil) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KlingonOpera More than 1 year ago
This CD, the first of three volumes of Torroba’s complete works for guitar and orchestra, an unusual combination given that in some of the concertos the guitar is in the Flamenco style, which typically not in the usual realm of repertoire of the traditional classical guitarist. Similarly, the Flamenco guitarist is generally not used to performing with an orchestra. But with the two soloists featured here, such barriers are meaningless. The first work is the “Concierto en Flamenco”, featuring Pepe Romero on the Flamenco guitar. This piece, featuring virtuoso runs from the soloist, and sweeping strings as well as gentile accompaniment from the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Manuel Coves, demonstrates what a fine partnership an orchestra and a world-class guitarist can achieve. This work from 1962 is evocative, heart-felt, and fiendishly difficult to play. And it is a real treat to listen to. The second work on the disc is the warm “Dialogos entre guitarra y orquesta”, featuring Vicente Coves as the soloists. As suggested by the title, this piece is a series of conversations between the guitar and the orchestra, and is most definitely a workout for the soloist. The third work, “Aires de La Mancha”, composed in 1966, consists of a series of very short pieces related to the Castilian folklore of La Mancha in central Spain, as indicated in the informative liner notes. The entire piece is quite simply charming. The last work on the CD is the “Suite castellana” composed in approximately 1920 for Andres Segovia who premiered the work and recorded it as well. The suite includes Torroba’s first composition for the guitar, the “Danza” which is the third movement of the suite. The music is lively and enjoyable, and a fitting way to close this recording. The sound quality of this CD is excellent, evenly capturing all of the nuances of the guitar and the orchestra in perfect balance – which is always a challenge in live guitar performance. The team from Naxos has definitely produced a worthy addition to the guitar and orchestral repertoire, and I most sincerely recommend it.
lollidamaAC More than 1 year ago
It’s a treat to have the most eloquent and technically proficient member of the legendary Romero family back in front of the microphones. Pepe Romero’s list of accomplishments is far too extensive to enumerate here. This, his latest project, will encompass the complete works for guitar and orchestra of Frederico Moreno Torroba. Volume 1 contains 2 concerti and 2 works for solo guitar. This is an especially good A&R decision inasmuch as Mr. Romero has recorded so little of this composer’s works. The Concierto en Flamenco is an intoxicating 4 movement work from 1962. Mr. Romero plays the solo part with his customary sensitivity and technical élan. His ability to successfully maneuver the flamenco and classical elements holds him in good stead here. Dialogos entre guitarra y orquesta was originally composed for Segovia in the 1960’s and revised in 1977. It was Mr. Romero who made the premiere recording in 1980. Here the protégé and colleague of Mr. Romero, Vicente Coves takes on the solo duties with playing that is cleanly articulated and rhythmically buoyant. Accompaniment duties for the 2 works fall to Manuel Coves, Vicente’s brother who leads the Malaga Philharmonic Orchestra with alert, enthusiastic results. The remainder of the disc is devoted to 2 solo guitar suites roughly 9 and ½ minutes each. Both are attractive evocations of the folklore and music traditions of central Spain, i.e. Castille. Again Mr. Romero and Mr. Coves split the playing honors. Throughout this generous disc, the material is beautifully wrought, colorful, and unashamedly melodic. The recorded sound is open and rich, the tight miking and dry acoustic paying dividends in terms of obtaining an optimum balance between soloist and orchestra. The enlightening liner notes make good reading. Vol 2 and 3 will most likely achieve a comparable level of excellence.