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Product Details

  • Performer: Bilbao So, Mena
  • Composer: Guridi
  • Audio CD (April 19 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0007XHL16
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1. I. Andante Sostenuto/Allegro Molto Moderato/Poco Meno Mosso/Allegro Moderato
2. II. Prest Non Troppo/Andante Sostenuto
3. III. Allegro Brioso
4. Espatadantza (Sword Dance)

Product Description

Jesús Guridi is regarded not only as one of the twentieth century' foremost exponents of Basque nationalism in music but as one of Spain' greatest operatic and orchestral composers, achieving international renown with the Diez melodias vascas , the

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa76bca08) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7bf07b8) out of 5 stars Aural champagne Aug. 17 2005
By Alan Dean Foster - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Eric Wolfgang Manuel de Falla.

More than anything, Jesus Guridi's Sinfonia pirenaica reminds me of his Iberian neighbor Joly Braga-Santos's Third and Fourth symphonies. Pure joy infused with brilliant orchestration, inspired by folk music, and transformed into wondrous works for the full (ne, augmented) symphony orchestra.

I can only echo the words of the preceding reviewer. Buy this absurdly low-priced disc and play it whenever you might be feeling down. It's not only guaranteed to cheer you up and lift your spirits, it will remind you yet again of the service labels like Naxos do in bringing unjustly neglected work to a wider audience. Buy the aforementioned other disc of Guridi's music as well. And ask for more.

Shove this in the face of your local symphony coordinator when they insist there's nothing new to play.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7bf0a04) out of 5 stars Glorious orchestral music almost unknown outside Spain April 26 2005
By J Scott Morrison - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was very pleased with an earlier CD of music by the Basque composer, Jose Guridi - 'Ten Basque Melodies,''Así cantan los chicos,' et al, featuring the same artists as this CD -- that is part of Naxos's ongoing Spanish Classics series. It was with great anticipation that I acquired this CD with Guridi's 'Sinfonia Pirenaica' ('Pyrenean Symphony'). I was not disappointed. Indeed, if anything, I was more pleased with this work than the earlier ones. Guridi (1886-1961) wrote in a post-Wagnerian, post-Straussian, post-Franckian harmonic language that is leavened by Basque folk-melodies, an almost French sense of clarity, and his own formal procedures that could be characterized as rhapsodic (but in actuality are a unique use of sonata-form), rhythmically interesting (there are frequent meter changes), and a use of flatted thirds and sevenths that one is told are characteristically Basque. One is reminded, in a way, of the immediately accessible and superficially 'simple' style of Engelbert Humperdinck in that the immediate effect is deepened with further study of the craft involved. This is a symphony that not only would be popular on first hearing, even with a musically unsophisticated audience, but increasingly treasured by the cognoscenti on further familiarization.

In three movements, this 50-minute work describes in non-programmatic way the composer's response to his own native country, the Basque Pyrenees. There is much use of Basque folk music coupled with quite sophisticated but always tonal harmonic features and brilliant orchestration. The latter is particularly obvious in the Presto second movement and the apotheosis of the third movement. The performance by Juan Jose Mena and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra is all one could ask for.

The CD is rounded out by a brief selection from Guridi's opera, 'Amaya,' the 'Espadadantza' ('Sword Dance'), which ends with a choral celebration.

This CD is a keeper. I hope there will be more music by Guridi in this increasingly valuable series of recordings.

Scott Morrison
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7bf0c44) out of 5 stars GREAT WORKS INDEED June 28 2007
By paulusrex - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a music student, I tell you that
the works recorded here are great
pieces, wonderfully written, and the
performances are glorious, and Guridi
is by no means a third class or "lesser"
composer, the are three other recordings
under the Naxos label that feature the
music of this great master of musical emotion.
The Sinfonia Pirenaica bring to mind
some of the technicalities of Strauss, in
his "Alpine Symphony". The other work recorded
here is the "Sword Dance" from his opera "Amaya".
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa7bf0de8) out of 5 stars More of a curiosity than a masterwork Dec 18 2007
By gavin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The symphony is a rather traditional four-movement work. Labeled as three movements, the middle movement is really two--a fast and a slow inner movement. While the harmonies aren't overly dissonant, they are rich and they support some beautiful melodies and straightforward rhythms. Some of the development sections seem a little wayward and Mr. Guridi seems to have mistaken plainness for stylistic unity. Nothing here will jump out as exciting and the handling of orchestral timbres is a trifle uninteresting.

The Bilbao Symphony is featured here, led by Juan Jose Mena, and they create a polish to the sound that highlights the work's tunefulness at the expense of shining a spotlight on the frumpy soundscape. I'd be happy to hear more from this band. The disk closes with a dance excerpt from Guridi's ballet, Amaya, and the orchestra sounds like it's having a bunch of fun.