Guridi: Orch Works Vol 2
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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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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.
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.
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".
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.