If anyone is under the illusion that Rodrigo composed only for the guitar, then here's an immediate corrective: a brace of cello concertos and a violin concerto, each as fine as their more famous sibling (In fact Rodrigo wasn't even a guitarist- but sssh, don't tell anyone!!).
The Concierto de estio, for Violin and orchestra is the oldest piece on this CD, having been written in 1943.It wears its debt to the past lightly- there are occasional hints at a Vivaldian model, but the Spanish flavour is all Rodrigo's own. Like the two cello concertos, Rodrigo's orchestral writing is crystalline and uncluttered. Mikhail Ovrutsky clearly relishes the filigree solo part.
The Concerto [sic]in Modo Galante inhabits the same sort of sound world as the better known Fantasia Para un Gentilhombre: 18th century gentility, formal dances and etiquette. The cello can sing clearly above the economical orchestration.
Thirty three years separate the earlier cello concerto from the Concierto como un divertimento, premiered by Julian Lloyd Webber in 1982, though the courtly spanish feel is just as strong, and once again pared down orchestration enhances rather than detracts from the virtuoso cello line. Listen out for the deceptively difficult cadenza- I would venture to suggest that Asier Polo makes a finer job of this concerto than the bland Mr Lloyd Webber.
Support from the Castille and Leon Symphony Orchestra,founded as recently as 1991,is supple and characterful under the direction of Max Bragado-Darman.