Started by carlos, May 18, 2007, 09:39:27 AM
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Quote from: carlos on May 18, 2007, 09:39:27 AMHonor and praise to him, and Viva Iberia!!
Quote from: carlos on May 20, 2007, 08:04:53 AMTo anybody interested:fine greek pianistRena Kyriakou has recorded almost all Issac'sworks, and I believe they are on CD. She'snot Alicia, but he was good, and there aredozens of pieces she'd recorded that almostnobody knows.
Quote from: ritter on June 30, 2020, 09:33:26 PMThe Breiner recording (on Naxos) is not of the Arbós / Surinach orchestration of Iberia, but rather of an arrangement by the conductor himself. I didn't find it very successful (have only listened to snippets, though).In the "standard" Arbós / Surinach orchestration, marked differences can be noticed between the contributions of the two arrangers, but the end result as a whole is very enjoyable.Apart from the recordings you mention, Eugene Ormandy also recorded the full orchestral Iberia with his Philadelphia Orchestra in mono for Columbia in 1956. It was never reissued by Sony in CD, but Pristine Classical has mad a transfer.I think that Guerrero disc you posted is great, and it's a real pity the composer didn't live to complete the orchestration. I've read composer Jesús Rueda has been working on a completion of the orchestration along Guerrero's lines (perhaps it's even finished by now), but don't have any details. Finally, the doyen of Spanish composers, Cristóbal Halffter, made an arrangement of Eritaña (only), which was recorded by DG on a CD only issued in the domestic Spanish market AFAIK, and now OOP and almost impossible to find.
Quote from: BWV 1080 on July 01, 2020, 08:25:03 AMAs far as guitar arrangements of his piano music, which is by far what he is best known for, these are among my favorites
Quote from: Forever Brett Kavanaugh on July 01, 2020, 08:17:02 AMI think the arrangement by Surinach is just fine.
QuoteI totally forgot about the Ormandy set. I was hesitant to buy the album because it's mono. I may buy it. Do you think I should?
QuoteIf you hear anything about a new arrangement or recording of Albeniz, please let me know.
Quote from: ritter on July 03, 2020, 09:36:34 AMSo do I . Surinach may be a bit more daring and "interventionist" than Arbós (not surprising, given the years elapsed between the two approaches), but he does a splendid job. In Rondeña (a piece I'm almost obsessed with, see as one of the highlights of the whole Iberia suite and also as possibly the greatest fusion ever of flamenco with "cultured" music), he brings the rhythmic complexity of the petenera to the forefront most effectively, and also makes the felicitous choice of having the trumpets sound (at the reprise if the petenera, after the quiet guajira central section) slightly out of tune, as is usual in the music played during bullfights (Ronda has one of the oldest bullrings in Spain). I don't know it, sorry (I only know it exists and has been reissued by Pristine). I'm perfectly content with López-Cobos onz Telarc and Morel on Australian Eloquence.The DG disc I posted also includes a piece called Halfbéniz (Halffter + Albéniz, get it? ), which is a "fantasy" on El Albaicín (from book 3 of Iberia) and I very much enjoy (I am a great admirer of C. Halffter's music), but it is essentially an avant-garde piece in Halffter's spätstil, in which Albéniz's original is only briefly quoted (but to great effect—this is a trademark recourse of Cristóbal's style), and Halffter's gift (genius, I'd say) for dense and intricate, but also very effective and beautiful, orchestral palettes shines through in every bar.There's also this disc, of limited circulation AFAIK:In it, Albéniz's Rapsodia española (the original orchestration of which was lost, AFAIK) is given twice, in scorings by none other than Georges Enesco and—again— Cristóbal Halffter, respectively. Well worth listening to (and the two versions s sound—compared to each other—almost as if they were an entirely different work.EDIT:I see in the webpage of Jesús Rueda's publishers Tritó, that he seems to have completed 5 of his orchestrations of numbers of Iberia. This, added to the 6 completed by Francisco Guerrero, would mean that only El Puerto is missing to complete the whole series. You can hear snippets of some of Rueda's work if you hit on the titles of the individual pieces in the list of works on the link I've provided.
Quote from: kyjo on July 04, 2020, 11:51:49 AMI enjoy this recording immensely:[asin]B0000064U7[/asin]I haven't heard rival recordings (of which there aren't many) of the complete orchestrated version, so I can't comment on how López-Cobos compares to them. But I can say that these are really successful orchestrations, in my view; brilliantly colorful and sensuous. I had no idea, though - as FBK said above - that Ravel had wanted to orchestrate the work at one point. How magnificent that would've been!
Quote from: Brian on July 05, 2020, 08:34:54 AMI find the Guerrero orchestrations to be maximalist, wildly colorful, full of percussion, and over-the-top - in other words, perhaps a little tasteless but at the same time perfectly so.I enjoy the Trio Campanella guitar arrangement a great deal.Albeniz' youthful Piano Sonata No. 4 practically begs to be orchestrated, I can almost easily hear an orchestral version in my head when I listen to it.
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