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Complete Orchestral Works Vol.

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  • Composer: Rodrigo
  • Audio CD (May 20 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B00008IHW1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,605 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Prado De Manzanares
2. Pastoral
3. Alegre Manana
4. Allegro Moderato - Lucero Tena
5. Allegro Moderato - Lucero Tena
6. Per La Flor Del Iliri Blau
7. Pastoral
8. Minue
9. Giga
10. A La Busca Del Mas Alla

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Holy cow! AWESOME! April 30 2011
By Alfredo R. Villanueva - Published on
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I stumbled into Lucero Tena on YouTube and was floored by her incomparable use of the castanets. So I went after the two pieces Rodrigo had written for her. For those who know him through the Concierto de Aranjuez, this is a real eye-opener! Good Lord, what amazing music! I own his complete works and a couple of other versions of the Concierto, but this recording takes the cake. It is absolutely breathtaking. Naxos has outdone itself!
Very variable music in decent performances and less-than-ideal recorded sound May 6 2015
By G.D. - Published on
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Some people might wonder: Given the popularity of Joaquin Rodrigo’s guitar concertos, why isn’t any of his other music more frequently heard? This disc does, I think, help answer that question, but raises a new one: Are Rodrigo’s guitar concertos really particularly good, or is it just that there isn’t really much serious competition in that genre? At least when Rodrigo turned to genres where comparisons with other composers are easier, he emerges as a composer rather far removed from the front rank; though the music on this disc is occasionally enjoyable and colorful, it is also as shallow as music gets and contains little that sticks in the memory.

The “major” works are the main problem. The symphonic poem Per la flor del Iliri blau (“The Flower of the Blue Lily”) was composed in 1934 based on a Valencian fable, and is a ramshackle, episodic and meandering work striving to achieve a sense of unity and narrative structure by little more than repetition. Accessible it is, to be sure, and one may even argue that even in this for the composer unusual format a certain distinctive voice is recognizable. But that’s not enough, and the result is overall pretty dull . A la busca del más allá (“In Search of What Lies Beyond”) is even less interesting. A NASA commission, Rodrigo evidently tried to create an atmosphere of wonder and mystery, and the harmonic palette is somewhat richer and more modern than in any other works of his I’ve heard. But the effort fails miserably. This is inconsequential meandering evolving into sentimentalist banality; a really terrible work.

The program as a whole is somewhat redeemed by the shorter works, which at the very least never tries to be anything but light music. The early Three Traditional Dance Airs are engaging and fun; Palillos y panderetas pretty slight but compelling enough (it was actually composed as recently as 1982), and the Two Spanish Dances featuring a virtuoso castanet part probably the highlight of the disc – spirited and jolly and innocuous, rhythmically buoyant music in a national style (I’ll refrain from commenting on the castanet part).

The performances are decent enough if a bit rough – I would perhaps have wished for a little bit more flair and sumptuousness from the León Symphony Orchestra under Max Bragado, but I think the recording is at least equally to blame for the deficiencies in that department. Soundwise, this is really not one of Naxos’s better efforts; it is dry and lacks any hint of bloom or ambience. A bit of a pity, but given that the main items here aren’t better than they are I am unsure whether this disc would have merited more than a very guarded recommendation in any case – I’ll grudgingly give it three stars for the lighter music, but that’s pretty charitable.