Composer: Isaac Albéniz
Performer: Martin Roscoe – piano
Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic
Conductor: Juan José Mena
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Size: 1.38 GB
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Martin Roscoe, BBC Philharmonic, Juanjo Mena / Albeniz – Orchestral Works
01. Spanish Rhapsody, Op. 70 13:02
The Magic Opal (Orch. J. Trayter) 14:59
02. The Magic Opal: Overture 8:52
03. The Magic Opal, Act II: Prelude 2:17
04. The Magic Opal, Act II: Ballet 3:50
Piano Concerto No. 1 (Concerto fantastico), Op. 78 25:03
05. I. Allegro ma non troppo 11:49
06. II. Rêverie e Scherzo 6:23
07. III. Allegro 6:51
Suite española No. 1, Op. 47 26:32
08. I. Castilla (Seguidillas) 2:55
09. VI. Granada (Serenata) 6:18
10. V. Sevilla (Sevillanas) 4:57
11. II. Asturias (Leyenda) 7:09
12. III. Aragón (Fantasía) 5:13
Recording Venue: MediaCityUK, Salford, UK
Our Spanish Music series (La Música de España) with the BBC Philharmonic and Juanjo Mena, its Spanish chief conductor and a specialist in the repertoire, now reaches the music of Isaac Albéniz, one of the greatest Spanish composers of any era.
Highly colourful and subtly contrasted, the Suite española is perhaps the most interesting early anticipation of the great piano collection Iberia, composed about twenty years later, in which, as Debussy remarked, Albéniz ‘put the best of himself’. Brilliantly successful though he was as a pianist and composer of piano music, Albeniz also composed operas, having his first success with The Magic Opal, in London, three orchestral movements from which feature here. The soloist in the Concierto fantástico is the British pianist Martin Roscoe, already highly praised for his many past recordings for Chandos, on which he features with artists such as Tasmin Little and Jennifer Pike. Written at the same time as the Piano Concerto yet very different in style, Rapsodia española positively celebrates the Spanish idiom – all the more vividly in the orchestration by George Enescu, chosen for this recording. The piano soloist, again, is Martin Roscoe.
BBC Music Magazine
The Rapsodia espanola, which also features Roscoe as soloist, is dreamily seductive before spiritedly bouncing along. The Suite espanola is equally fun…’Castilla’ and ‘Sevilla’ have great flair, ‘Granada’ is sublime and ‘Aragon’ rounds off an enjoyable disc with élan.
Martin Roscoe’s performances are of exceptional skill and affection while the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena, finely recorded, play with a suitably heated, open-hearted commitment.
Mena’s BBC Phil is on exemplary form.